Deborah (Deborah) A. Fellela (D-SH043)
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State House 82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903-1105

District Office:
3 Diaz Street
Johnston, RI 02919
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2022
Spouse: Henry   DOB: 11/16/1956
Committee Assignments
MemberSubcommittee on Children and Families
Vice ChairHouse Committee on Conduct
MemberHouse Committee on Labor
MemberHouse Committee on Veteran's Affairs
MemberHouse Committee on Oversight
Counties Representing


Deborah represents District 43 in Johnston. First elected to her seat in November 2006, Representative Fellela is the Senior Deputy Majority Leader, making her a member of the House Leadership Team. She is the second vice chair of the House Conduct Committee and is a member of the House Labor Committee, the House Oversight Committee and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

During the most recent legislative session, she sponsored a law targeting reckless prescription practices, increasing fines to help ease the opioid epidemic. She also sponsored a new law that makes it easier for adopted adult children and their birth parents and siblings to find each other through mutual consent.

During the 2019 session, she cosponsored a child-protection law specifying the circumstances when the Office of the Child Advocate would investigate child fatalities. She also cosponsored animal protection legislation that requires pet trainers to be licensed.

In 2016, she worked in conjunction with the governor's Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force to craft legislation aimed at addressing the opioid overdose crisis. She introduced legislation improve the usefulness and value of the prescription drug monitoring database program by adding analytical functions and allowing pharmacists to see all prescriptions for a patient. The new law helps detect abhorrent prescribing and dispensing patterns.

She is also a communicant at Our Lady of Grace Church and a member of the St. Anne Sodality.

A 1974 graduate of East Providence High School, Representative Fellela retired in July 2020 after 28 years with the Providence School Department.

Deborah has four children- Henry III, Matthew, Kyle and Ally; and three grandchildren- Mia, Elvis and Franco.