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Seth Magaziner

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Seth Magaziner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2023
Preceded byJames Langevin
31st Treasurer of Rhode Island
In office
January 6, 2015 – January 3, 2023
GovernorGina Raimondo
Dan McKee
Preceded byGina Raimondo
Succeeded byJames Diossa
Personal details
Seth Michael Magaziner

(1983-07-22) July 22, 1983 (age 40)
Bristol, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Julia McDowell
(m. 2018)
RelativesIra Magaziner (father)
EducationBrown University (BA)
Yale University (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website

Seth Michael Magaziner (born July 22, 1983) is an American investment professional and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district since 2023.[1][2] A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 31st General Treasurer of Rhode Island from 2015 until 2023.[3] Magaziner won the November 2022 election to succeed retiring representative James Langevin.

Early life and education

Seth Magaziner was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, on July 22, 1983, to Suzanne and Ira Magaziner.[4][5] Ira is a policy advisor for politicians, governments, and non-governmental organizations.[6] Suzanne is Catholic and Ira is Jewish.[7][8] Seth is the oldest of three children.[9]

Magaziner graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, in 2002.[10] He then attended Brown University, where he served as president of the Brown University Democrats, president of the College Democrats of Rhode Island, and as a member of the Brown University Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice.[11][12] Magaziner graduated from Brown with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 2006.[13] He received a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management in 2010.[11][14]

Early career

Magaziner worked as a school teacher at Creswell Elementary School in Opelousas, Louisiana, from 2006 to 2008, as a Teach For America member.[3] In 2009, he worked as an associate at Point Judith Capital, a Rhode Island-based venture capital firm.[15]

After graduate school, Magaziner worked at Trillium Asset Management as a vice president.[11] Magaziner was active in the successful campaign for same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. He served as a board member of Marriage Equality Rhode Island.[6][16]

Magaziner serves on the board of directors of Crossroads Rhode Island, a homeless service organization.[17] He previously served on the board of directors of Common Cause Rhode Island.[3]

Rhode Island General Treasurer

Magaziner (seated on the right in the front row) and other Rhode Island National Guard and political leaders attending a ground breaking ceremony for the new simulator facility to be located at the 143d Airlift Wing, Quonset Air National Guard Base, North Kingstown, Rhode Island

On October 22, 2013, Magaziner announced his candidacy for Rhode Island General Treasurer.[3] He won the Democratic nomination in the September 9 primary election, defeating former Treasurer Frank Caprio.[18] Magaziner was elected in the November 2014 general election, defeating Independent candidate Ernest A. Almonte.[19]

In his first months in office, Magaziner developed a plan to establish the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB) to finance green infrastructure projects.[20]

In June 2015, Magaziner launched a transparency initiative for the Employees' Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI).[21] In 2015, the treasurer's office announced it was pursuing two class-action lawsuits against fossil fuel industry companies BP and Plains All American[22] for oil spills that allegedly harmed investors and the environment.

Magaziner at the public launch of Rhode Island's ABLE program in 2017

In February 2016, Magaziner was selected as chair of the Financial Literacy Committee for the National Association of State Treasurers.[23]

U.S. House of Representatives



On September 14, 2021, Magaziner announced his candidacy in the 2022 Rhode Island gubernatorial election, focusing on abortion rights, clean energy, reducing gun violence, education, and mandatory coronavirus vaccination for all state and school employees. The incumbent, Dan McKee, had not yet filed for reelection.[24]

Magaziner delivers a victory speech on November 8, 2022 in Providence.

On January 26, 2022, Magaziner withdrew from the gubernatorial election and instead announced he would run to represent Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives after longtime incumbent James Langevin announced his retirement.[25] Magaziner was a resident of the 1st congressional district but moved to a rented house in Cranston after his opponents criticized him for not living in the district, though federal law requires a representative only to be a resident of the state.[26] He defeated five other candidates in the September 13 Democratic primary with over 50% of the vote. On November 8, 2022, Magaziner won the general election, defeating Republican nominee Allan Fung, a former mayor of Cranston and two-time Republican nominee for governor.[27]


COVID-19 policy

On January 31, 2023, Magaziner voted against H.R.497, also known as the Freedom for Health Care Workers Act, which would lift COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare workers.[28][29]

On February 1, 2023, Magaziner voted against a resolution to end the COVID-19 national emergency.[30][31]

Foreign policy

In 2023, Magaziner voted against H.Con.Res. 21, which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[32][33] Later that year, he voted against a ban on cluster munitions to Ukraine.[34][35]

Traffic safety

In 2024, Magaziner introduced the Biking Instruction, Knowledge, and Education (BIKE) Act. The act would ensure that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration grants can be used for bicycle education and safety programs.[36]

Voting rights

On February 9, 2023, Magaziner voted against H.J.Res. 24: Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022, which condemns the District of Columbia's plan to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.[37][38]

Electoral history

Rhode Island General Treasurer Democratic primary election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Magaziner 80,378 66.5
Democratic Frank Caprio 40,402 33.5
Rhode Island General Treasurer election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Magaziner 175,902 57.1
Independent Ernest Almonte 131,423 42.7
Write-ins Write-ins 588 0.2
Rhode Island General Treasurer Democratic primary election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Magaziner 93,967 100.0
Rhode Island General Treasurer election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Magaziner 237,575 64.9
Republican Michael Riley 127,944 35.0
Write-ins Write-ins 539 0.1
2022 Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Seth Magaziner 100,919 50.4
Republican Allan Fung 93,637 46.8
Moderate William Gilbert 5,454 2.7
Write-in 199 0.1
Total votes 200,209 100.00
Democratic hold

Personal life

Magaziner married Julia McDowell in 2018. The couple has a son.[39][40] Magaziner's father is Ira Magaziner.[41]


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from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

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