Sen. Cano to Lead Education Committee


STATE HOUSE – Sen. Sandra Cano (D-Dist. 8, Pawtucket) will be appointed chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education for the 2021-2022 session, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio announced at a Senate Democratic Caucus last week.

Senator Cano will become the first Latina committee chairperson in the Senate’s history with the appointment, which would be made after the Senate convenes in January for its new session.

“To be named as the chairwoman for the Senate Education Committee is a true honor and I thank President Ruggerio and my colleagues for their support and confidence in me to lead this important committee.  It is no secret that our educational system in Rhode Island is in need of reform, and when combined with the devastating effects of COVID-19, there is much work to be done in order to guarantee our children the proper education that they rightfully deserve,” said Senator Cano.

During her tenure in the legislature, Senator Cano has focused extensively on educational issues, such as her sponsorship of legislation mandating financial literacy be taught to students and her membership on the Senate Education Funding Formula task force.

Senator Cano, an assistant vice president at Navigant Credit Union, was first elected to the Rhode Island Senate on April 3, 2018 in a special election.  She is a former at-large councilwoman for the City of Pawtucket and a former member of the Pawtucket School Committee.

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