Representative-elect Susan Donovan is a Democrat born and raised in Bristol with 33 years of service in the Rhode Island Public School System. Donovan first became a teacher in New Hampshire before moving back to work in her home town. She has deep ties to her community as chair of Bristol’s Habitat for Humanity and chair of Save Bristol Harbor, an organization devoted to the conservation of the harbor surrounding the town. This involvement included a role in fighting the transport of liquified natural gas (LNG) in the area, in which Donovan successfully organized neighboring communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to defeat the transport of the highly explosive LNG in and around Narragansett Bay.
As a candidate, Donovan was primarily concerned with ethics reform. Donovan sees the current politicians in state government as self-serving, and this naturally leads to corruption. Aside from corruption, Donovan believes that Rhode Island needs economic reforms to make the state have a more friendly business climate. She also would like to see the state improve infrastructure so that businesses have an easier time transporting goods. These reforms, coupled with a higher minimum wage, are how Donovan hopes to boost the economy of the state.
Donovan’s involvement with Habitat for Humanity informs her desire to improve the availability of affordable housing in Rhode Island. Additionally, her participation in conservation causes has resulted in her strong stance against the use of LNG.