Tina Spears was elected on Nov. 8, 2022 to the RI House of Representatives for District 36 in Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly and Little Compton. She is a member of the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the House Municipal Government and Housing Committee.
Tina has spent the last decade advocating for people with disabilities, and is currently Executive Director of the Community Provider Network of Rhode Island. Her own experience as the parent of a child with significant health challenges led her to become an ardent advocate for families of children with disabilities. She has been a frequent presence at the State House over the last decade, working to defend Medicaid benefits, increase wages for caregivers and help win paid leave for people who must leave work to care for a new child or an ill family member.
A resident of Charlestown for almost 30 years, Tina met her husband, Frost, when they were students at CHARIHO Tech's ag program. She was the first in her family to go to college, and worked full-time to pay her way. She earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Rhode Island. She and her husband are the parents of sons River and Ahanu who attend local public schools.
Tina wants to build an economy that offers jobs, affordable housing and an environment that can sustain us, so that Rhode Islanders can thrive in Rhode Island for generations to come.