At the age of 16, while participating in the Boy Scout Explorer program at the Warwick Police Department, a firearm was accidentally discharged, leaving Langevin paralyzed.
The tremendous outpouring of support and encouragement from his friends and neighbors inspired him to enter public service. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Rhode Island College and his Master’s in
Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
In 1986, he was elected to Rhode Island’s constitutional convention and named secretary. Two years later he was elected to the Rhode Island General Assembly and served as a state representative until 1994, when he was elected Rhode Island’s youngest Secretary of State.
He has represented Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since he was elected in 2000 as the first quadriplegic to serve in Congress.
He is a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as Chairman of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, a senior member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and a leading expert on cybersecurity.
Langevin has a perfect voting record in 2019 on key Council issues. He is a solid favorite in November.