About Miriam

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Miriam Ross is a business attorney, a community leader, teacher, wife and mother.  Rhode Island has been Miriam’s home for over 25 years, and she has been actively involved in the legal profession, the business community, District 4 and her faith-based community.  Miriam has worked with and advised Rhode Islanders from every walk of life, and knows first-hand the potential to create opportunity in our state.  Miriam has the leadership skills and experience necessary to effectively represent District 4 in the State House.

Miriam will be a strong voice for our neighborhood and a reliable steward of our state’s assets.

As a Democratic primary candidate for State Representative in District 4, Miriam will focus on policies and programs to: create jobs and generate meaningful economic opportunities for Rhode Islanders; improve our public schools and ensure our children have access to excellent public education; advocate pro-growth economic policies and provide support to entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses; ensure adequate State Aid to District 4; champion Ethics Reform and build a culture of integrity and transparency; and protect pro-choice policies and fight for equality and policies to eliminate pay disparities.

Raised in the Midwest, Miriam is a product of the American public education system.  She graduated from the University of Michigan and earned her law degree from Cleveland State University.  Miriam began her legal career as in-house counsel for an automotive company in Ohio, moving to Rhode Island to work at Textron for many years and then at GTECH.  She was a dedicated employee and a leader among her peers, working on the full range of corporate business transactions and in the emerging areas of business ethics and corporate governance.  When it comes to ethics and values, Miriam doesn’t just talk a good game—she has written ethics and integrity policies for both global companies and local non-profits, created training programs and taught employees all over the world about the importance of ethical conduct and integrity.

In 2004, Miriam established her own private law practice, an innovative firm providing legal services to small businesses, business owners, women and minorities.  She serves as the trusted legal advisor to large companies and individual business owners.  She is also an adjunct professor of law at Roger Williams University School of Law, educating future lawyers on topics such as campaign finance and business ethics.  Her work as a businesswoman, attorney, and educator have been touted and recognized throughout the state and region:  Miriam was the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2012 Woman in Business Champion for New England and Rhode Island, she received a Providence Business News Women’s Achievement Award in 2012, and she is also a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, Epsilon II.

An active and involved leader in the community, Miriam recently served as a member on the Economic Task Force for the City of Providence.  She is one of six co-chairs (and only female chair) on the U.S. SBA Rhode Island Economic Summit.  Miriam is on the Continuing Legal Education and Business Organization Committees of the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Miriam is a long-standing member of Temple Emanu-El and currently serves on its Finance Committee and is a former member of the Board of Trustees.  She sings soprano in Shir Emanu-El, the Temple’s congregational choir.  Miriam is on the Board of Trustees of Jewish Family Service and is on the organization’s Finance Committee.  Miriam was Co-President of the Alperin Schechter Day School (now called Jewish Community Day School of Rhode Island) and served on its board for a number of years.

Miriam and her husband, Gary Kaufman, have lived in District 4 for 13 years. They have a son and daughter, Josh and Rachel, both in college and a golden doodle “Bailey”.

Seasoned, Experienced and Trusted.  Miriam has real-world experience and has lived and worked in Rhode Island and Providence for over 25 years.  She is an experienced advocate and negotiator with an understanding of and commitment to our district, city and state.  There is no other candidate in this race with the track record, skills and experience she brings to the table—the track record, skills and experience necessary to effectively represent District 4 in the State House.