Cicilline is another new kid on the block. He joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus in 2011 and is now one of its vice-chairmen. He is known as a strong proponent of Amnesty of for illegal aliens and he joined Nancy Pelosi and a number of other socialist Members of Congress on a junket to Fidel Castro’s Cuba.
David Cicilline was born on July 15th, 1961 in Providence, Rhode Island. He grew up in the South Side of Providence. His mother – Sabra Peskin Cicilline – is Jewish while his father – John Francis “Jack” Cicilline – is Catholic. His father was an attorney in Providence defending Mafia figures in the 1970s and 1980s and he eventually became an aide to Mayor Joseph A. Doorley.
Cicilline moved to Narrangansett before he started high school. During his high school years, Cicilline served as president of his graduating class – 1979. He also participated in a civic education program entitled Close Up Washington. During this time, he began to become particularly interested in public service. Often times he would ask his parents to drop him off at Town Council meetings and school board meetings. He even managed to successfully petition for Narrangansett High School to begin teaching Italian.
After high school, he went to Brown University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983 with a degree in Political Science. While at Brown, he established a branch of College Democrats with his classmate – John F. Kennedy, Jr. After graduating from Brown University, he attended Georgetown University Law Center and earned a law degree in 1986.
Before turning to politics, Cicilline served in the District of Columbia as a public defender. After a few years, he then returned to Rhode Island and opened a practice in civil rights law and criminal defense. In 1995, he began his public service career in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
Inclusion on this list is not based on the opinion of the authors or, in effect, the subjective opinions of any third party. Inclusion on this list is based upon present or past membership in the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), a caucus within Congress that has long-standing and deep ties and, in the opinion of a number of political scholars, was an arm of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) at the time of its inception. According to David Horowitz’s FrontPageMag.com website: “Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are undoubtedly socialists, though most shy away from the label. The CPC has long had ties to the far-left Institute for Policy Studies, Democratic Socialists of America (the largest Marxist group in the country), and the Communist Party USA.” Additionally, a number of authoritative articles have been written on the historical connection between the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the DSA and we encourage the reader to do independent research if the topic is of further interest.