LEADERSHIP DELIVERING RESULTS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
Taking office in 2013, Senator Pearson has consistently delivered results for the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln as their Senator. Respected by his colleagues he has been named Chairman of the Senate Finance Sub-Committee on Education, Commerce and Municipal Aid in 2017 and in 2018 as the Senior Deputy Majority Leader. In addition, Senator Pearson also serves on the Senate Committee on Education. The appointments have allowed Cumberland and Lincoln's interests to be at the forefront of discussion at the State House.
Prior to serving in the Senate, the Senator served locally on the Cumberland School Committee forming a solid understanding of local government budgeting and challenges. This experience has allowed him to not only be an advocate for local interests but someone who many turn to when navigating the sometimes complex waters.
Driven to public service as only a High School Student, Senator Pearson's first involvement was as part of a student organization called Save Our Schools seeking to rally support behind a bond referendum to improve Cumberland High School which was on the verge of losing accreditation due to severe facility deficiencies. Following the passage of the bond he sought his first office on the Cumberland School Committee in 2008 and has kept school facilities a key priority of his working each year to make sure that every student in Rhode Island has a school to attend they can be proud of. This work culminated this year in to a $1 billion statewide plan to fix and build schools that could deliver Cumberland $83MM in work across all schools and support the new high school in Lincoln.
Improving Rhode Island's economy has been the paramount focus for Senator Pearson since joining the Senate. He has been a leader on efforts to reform our tax structures, streamline regulations, invest in job training and overhaul or economic development approach. These efforts are now allowing Rhode Island to break job records and see rising wages across all workers. He also authored a nationally recognized tax credit that is helping college graduates repay their student loans when they commit to stay in Rhode Island keeping skilled workers here.
Senator Pearson has also delivered millions in state resources to the towns of Cumberland and Lincoln. His leadership to increase state school aid to our towns has led to millions more in the classroom while reducing the burden on local property taxes. In addition, he has relentlessly advocated for state dollars leading to unprecedented levels of roadwork and infrastructure repair in our community.
Senator Pearson earned his B.S. in Finance from Providence College. He also attended American University in Washington, D.C. working as a staff member in the United States Senate from 2006-2008. Today in the private sector, he is employed as a Vice President of a local financial institution. He has also remained an active supporter of many community organizations.