Samuel W. Bell
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Samuel W. Bell

Democrat

State Senator, District 5

Rhode Island
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Samuel W. Bell

State Senator, District 5
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Samuel W. Bell is an American politician who serves in the Rhode Island State Senate representing the 5th district in Providence. A Democrat, he was first elected to the senate in the 2018 elections. Bell is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.A data scientist at Brown University prior to his election to the legislature, Bell was most noted for an investigation which revealed that the National Rifle Association was illegally funneling national money into Rhode Island state elections in an attempt to prevent the state from passing gun control legislation. His investigation resulted in the NRA being forced to shut down its Rhode Island political action committee.Bell defeated incumbent senator Paul Jabour in the Democratic primary in September 2018, and ran unopposed in the general election. Bell ran for re-election in 2020, being challenged in the Democratic primary by majority leader of the Providence City Council Jo-Ann Ryan. Bell defeated Ryan by 50 percentage points, and ran unopposed in the general election.Bell and his partner Samantha both identify as bisexual.

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Experience

Education

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Amherst College
BA Astronomy; Geology
Brown University
MA Geosciences
Brown University
PhD Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Science

Past Positions

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Senator
Rhode Island State Senate
2019 - Current
Data Scientist
Brown University
2017 - Current
Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Rhode Island
2016 - 2017
Rhode Island State Coordinator
Progressive Democrats of America
2012 - 2017
Summer Intern
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2011
Summer Intern
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
2010
Summer Intern
Lunar and Planetary Institute
2009
Summer Intern
Massachusetts Space Grant
2008

Other Experience

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Former Member
Housing and Municipal Government Committee, Rhode Island State Senate
Former Member
Commerce Committee, Rhode Island State Senate