The Majority Whip is the third-highest ranking position within the Rhode Island House of Representatives and Whip Kazarian is only the second woman to hold the position. She was first elected Whip by her House Democratic colleagues in 2021.
Whip Kazarian will work closely as part of the Democratic leadership team headed by Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick) and Majority Leader Christopher Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence).
“It is truly humbling to be reelected Whip by my peers in the House and I thank them, as well as Speaker Shekarchi and Leader Blazejewski, for their support and faith in my abilities to further the caucus’s legislative priorities this session. From economic challenges to climate change, there are numerous and significant issues our state will face in the coming days, months and years, and it is an honor to serve the people of Rhode Island in this role as we work toward the solutions that will lead us to a prosperous and successful future,” said Whip Kazarian.
First elected in 2013, she has a strong background in the tech field, having previously worked at both Upserve and Virgin Pulse, and she was previously a Senior Planner for the City of Pawtucket. She is currently a student at the Roger Williams University School of Law.
Whip Kazarian received a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and economics from Columbia University’s Barnard College and was inspired to run for office by President Barack Obama’s commencement address to her graduating class in 2012.