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Cicilline was born and raised in Providence and then Narragansett. He attended Brown University and Georgetown University Law School. He worked as a lawyer in Washington, DC and Providence before being elected to Rhode Island's state legislature in 1995. Coming out in 1999, he served a total of four terms in the legislature.
Cicilline easily won the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Providence in 2002, with over 50% of the vote, beating former Mayor Joseph Paolino . He went on to win the election in a landslide with over 80% of the vote, aided by a strong public feeling for the Democrats following the indictment of Mayor Vincent Cianci, a former Republican turned independent, in 2001.
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