Cicilline hires Chris Fierro as his district director
UPDATE, 2:06 pm: Here’s the official release:
Today, U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) is pleased to announce Chris Fierro, a resident of Woonsocket, as his new District Director. Chris will be based in Cicilline’s Pawtucket office and will begin his new duties on Monday, August 15.
“I am pleased to announce that Chris Fierro will join my team as my District Director in our Pawtucket office,” said Cicilline. “Chris’s experience as a former State Representative will help ensure that our office continues to serve the people of the First Congressional district with the highest degree of experience and professionalism.”
As the District Director, Fierro will serve as the head of the district office and the main point of contact for district-related issues.
“I am excited to join Congressman Cicilline’s team,” Fierro said. “As our state and our nation face dire economic times and an unacceptably high unemployment levels, Congressman Cicilline’s leadership will prove invaluable in continuing the economic turnaround that we so desperately need.”
A former Rhode Island State Representative, Fierro holds a Masters Degree in Labor Studies and lives in Woonsocket with his wife and three children.
As a state representative, one of Fierro’s priorities involved environmental sustainability, working to protect the quality of our water and conserve our land in Rhode Island, among other issues. He was also a major proponent of policies that would help rebuild Rhode Island’s economy, specifically focusing on “green jobs,” and alternative energy sectors.
US Representative David Cicilline has hired former state representative Chris Fierro to be his district director, filling the vacancy created when longtime staffer Alix Ogden left the position in June.
WRNI has learned that Fierro has resigned his post as a research specialist at the New England Carpenters Labor Management Program, and is expected to start his new job in mid-August. Fierro declined comment when contacted by WRNI.
Fierro was 28 when he won a six-way Democratic primary for a state rep’s seat from Woonsocket in 2008, becoming an active member of the progressive caucus in the House. Two years later, in a setback for labor, he was defeated in a primary by Robert Phillips, who went on to win the seat.
Fierro, a native of Falmouth, Massachusetts, gained a reputation as a Twitter devotee in the House, and he was an early supporter of independent Lincoln Chafee’s gubernatorial campaign.
Fierro will be formally tasked with running Cicilline’s district operation. It remains to be seen what unofficial role Fierro may play as the congressman faces what could be a tough reelection fight.
Cicilline is expected to face a primary and a sharp Republican challenge. A major theme will be critics’ accusations that Cicilline wasn’t sufficiently forthcoming about Providence’s fiscal woes before leaving the mayor’s office early this year.