President John F. Kennedy made Newport, R.I., the site of his “summer white house” while in office. Much like the state of Rhode Island, most Newport residents lean towards the left of the political spectrum. The last time a Republican presidential candidate won the vote here was 1984. Among state legislators, Democrats outnumber Republicans by a margin of 101 to 11.
Congressman David Cicilline represents Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District, which includes Newport. Cicilline is considered a rank-and-file Democrat according to GovTrack. He won office in 2010, campaigning on promises to put Rhode Islanders back to work and protect social service programs for seniors and families. He’s supported efforts to help manufacturers retool their factories and retain workers to keep production of goods in this country. Cicilline has fought attempts to weaken Medicare and strongly supported the end to having troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Residents here are likely to …
- drive a Subaru.
- shop at American Eagel Outfitters.
- watch Two and a Half Men.
- read Time magazine.