Langevin Hits the Rhode
About the Blog
In order to effectively represent Rhode Island in Congress, I need to hear from my constituents. That feedback comes in a lot of forms. My office receives countless phone calls, e-mails and social media messages from Rhode Islanders sharing their questions and concerns, especially when there is an issue they feel strongly about. I appreciate every bit of that feedback, because it shapes my work in Washington.
I am also very fortunate to regularly interact one-on-one with constituents. I am so lucky to have the opportunity to travel our state, touring businesses, meeting with hardworking Rhode Islanders, talking to seniors and answering questions from young students. Spending time in our communities is one of the best and most rewarding parts of my job, and I am always looking for suggestions of places and organizations to visit.
Through this blog, I will share stories and photographs from some of those visits. There are so many hidden gems in Rhode Island and things that we should be proud of, and I hope to share those success stories here.
From groundbreakings to groundbreaking innovations, spring is a time of new starts in Rhode Island, and I will be continuing outreach to my constituents to learn about the latest and greatest in the State.
Winter is a wonderful time in Rhode Island. I love seeing businesses at their busiest during the holidays, and the beginning of the new year is a great opportunity to examine initatives afresh.
As summer melts away and New England changes colors, it’s time to go back to school for Rhode Island and back to work for Congress.
In summer, policy heats up in Washington, DC. I will be continuing my work on everything from cybersecurity to ensuring the protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act are maintained as we celebrate its 25th anniversary. And I will be meeting with my constituents in Rhode Island to keep them apprised of my efforts and hear their thoughts.
Spring is one of the busiest times of the year in the nation’s capital, and I will be hard at work introducing bills and helping to pass the annual military authorization bill. In between all the legislating, I will be back in Rhode Island standing up my advisory committees to ensure I have ample local feedback on my efforts.
The arrival of winter and the changeover of the calendar is a time for renewal. As I begin my work in the 114th Congress, I will continue focusing on improving the Rhode Island economy and advancing the other interests of my constituents.
Fall means a lot of things in Rhode Island: kids head back to school; farms harvest their autumnal bounty; and we celebrate our heritage, from cultural festivals to Thanksgiving. Throughout the season, I will be celebrating these and other traditions with Rhode Islanders and sharing with them some of my work in Washington.
I’d love to see Rhode Island recognized as the “Silicon Valley of Food.” I am meeting leaders from agriculture, hospitality, manufacturing and food sales to discuss what tools they need to be successful and to help Rhode Island’s food economy grow.
Rhode Island is especially beautiful in the summertime, and I am home for the month with long summer days to meet with constituents and visit businesses. The latter is the motivation behind my RI in Business tour, an initiative to bring private and public entities together to improve our state’s business climate.
The August Congressional recess is always a busy time for me with dozens of visits to local businesses and organizations to get input on my legislative work. This August, I’m also conducting my RI in Business tour to specifically solicit ideas from Rhode Island entrepreneurs.
From biotech to breweries, Rhode Island is home to diverse industries that power our economy. In July, I am exploring these 21st century economic engines in addition to celebrating summer at some classic Rhode Island events.
The STEAM (Science; Technology; Engineering; Art and Design; and Mathematics) fields are essential to Rhode Island’s future competitiveness, and in June, I am visiting innovators of all ages from around the district.
Jobs are a continued priority for me and for my constituents, and in May, I am continuing to meet with many business leaders and future entrepreneurs to discuss how we can grow employment in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island has so many exceptional businesses, small and large, and I enjoy visiting with them to discuss how best to help them succeed and grow. With a resurgence in manufacturing in America, I have been especially pleased to see many companies manufacturing products right here in Rhode Island.
As winter finally relinquishes its hold on Rhode Island, I am continuing to visit local businesses to learn about their efforts to help the state economy shake its long torpor.
Small business is truly the backbone of Rhode Island’s economy. In support of ‘shopping small,’ I am visiting local business owners to encourage buying local and to discuss the tools they need to be successful.
I am taking the opportunity to make a series of education-related visits during the November district work period. Education is fundamental to all of our future success as a state and a nation, and I look forward to meeting with students of all ages to learn about their challenges and achievements.
Classroom to Career highlights skills and job training programs across Rhode Island’s Second District, allowing me to connect with program coordinators to find out more about current employer demands and the resources needed to prepare Rhode Island’s workforce.