About Evan


Representative Evan Shanley with
wife Meredith and son Maxwell

Dear Neighbor,

For over sixty years the Shanley family has been proud to call Warwick our home. I was born into a family that values a good education, hard work, community service, empathy, and selflessness. These are the values that guide me.

The past year has not been easy for our community. COVID-19 has changed our day-to-day lives in countless ways.

As Rhode Island fights to overcome the effects of the pandemic, we need leaders who know how to face life’s biggest challenges, and who are guided by strong values. We need leaders who want to serve with empathy and selflessness. We need leaders who listen and respond to the needs and concerns of their constituents. We need leaders who communicate, deliberate and compromise, as civility demands.

It is a great honor to represent District 24 (Cowesett, Potowomut, Greenwood Manor) in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

The Governor has admirably managed the State during the pandemic, and I look forward to working with my peers in the State House to further address the effects of the pandemic.

We need to:


  • Make sure our schools and businesses have the resources they need to stay open and stay safe.


  • Balance the budget while reducing the burden on working families.


  • Provide oversight to make sure veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities are receiving the services and care they have earned, and to which they are entitled.


  • Carefully examine the proposed twenty-year IGT/Twin River gaming contract to make sure it benefits all Rhode Islanders.


  • Keep Rhode Islanders healthy by continuing telemedicine, adding naturopathic physicians to HMO Networks, and expanding paid sick leave so that workers with a documented illness don’t have to choose between going to work sick and losing their job.


  • Work with our Federal Delegation to obtain State and municipal aide.


  • Do our part as a state to combat climate change and protect Narragansett Bay.


  • Finish the phase out of the car tax.

Times are tough, but Rhode Islanders are resilient! When we work together, there is great hope for the future.

I’ve made it a point to stay connected with voters. Over this past year I have been walking the District and knocking on doors (in a mask and often with my son Maxwell!) to listen, and learn what is on your mind. I also mailed a voter survey this year which received over 600 responses! My personal email and cell phone number are published and available – they are at the top and bottom of this website – to make sure I am accessible to you.

In this term, I pledge to continue to honor the memory of my dad, Paul Shanley, who passed away on August 19, 2019. He was everything to me and my family, and I would not be the person I am today – or your State Rep. – without his love, guidance and support. My dad had an uncanny instinct and desire to protect and serve. Guided by his values, I will work with you to help make our community the best it can be for everyone.

It is my honor to serve you and ask you for your vote for State Representative in our District. Thank you.



PS: It is with great joy that my wife Meredith, son Maxwell, and I announce the birth of our baby girl Lucille!