At a Glance
- Career History: Rhode Island Secretary of State, (1994 to 2000); member of Rhode Island House of Representatives, (1988 to 1994)
- Birthday: April 22, 1964
- Hometown: Warwick, R.I.
- Alma Mater: Rhode Island College, B.A. 1990; Harvard University, M.P.A. 1994
- Spouse: Single
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Armed Services , Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
- DC Office: 109 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, Phone: 202-225-2735
Path To Power
Langevin was born in Providence, R.I., on April 22, 1964. He grew up in nearby Warwick, R.I., and dreamed of becoming an FBI agent.
When Langevin was 16 years old, he was shot while working as a cadet in the Boy Scout Explorer program at the Warwick Police Department. A gun had accidentally discharged, sending a bullet through Langevin's upper back and throat; it damaged part of his spinal column and left Langevin a quadriplegic.
Langevin leans to the left on economic matters, but is a moderate on social issues and foreign affairs. With the exception of his opposition to abortion rights, Langevin can be considered a safe Democratic vote; he sided with his party 99 percent of the time in the 111th Congress.
The congressman has taken up disability rights and expanded stem cell research as his primary causes. Each issue is personally important to Langevin, who was paralyzed by a spinal injury and uses a wheelchair.
Langevin sits on the House Armed Services Committee. He was chosen by Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
In the 112th Congress, Langevin co-chairs the Congressional Submarine Caucus with Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Rep. Robert J. Wittman (R-Va.); the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus with Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.); and the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus with Rep. David Reichert (R-Wa.).