David Dumas, former Rhode Island House minority leader, dies

PROVIDENCE — David Dumas, former minority leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, has died.

The House Minority Office confirmed the death of Mr. Dumas Wednesday. The 75-year-old Mr. Dumas was working as a legal counsel to the General Assembly, the Providence Journal reported.

Mr. Dumas served as a state representative representing East Greenwich from 1983 to 1992. He was minority leader during his last term.

The minority office says Mr. Dumas was fondly remembered for ‘‘his love of liberty, Rhode Island, and service to his constituents.’’

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Thursday that Mr. Dumas was a dear friend.


He recalled his fiery House debates. Kilmartin said the debate ended when the session did, and he was ‘‘simply your good friend.’’

Kilmartin said that in today’s politically divisive world, ‘‘we would all be well served if there were more public servants like Dave Dumas.’’