Councilman Samuel D. Zurier | Ward 2
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Councilman Samuel Zurier was elected to represent Ward Two on the City Council in 2010, and was re-elected in 2014. He represents the Blackstone, College Hill, and Wayland neighborhoods.
Councilman Zurier has been an advocate for quality public education and a leader on fiscal policy issues on the City Council. He currently serves as Chair of the Claims Committee and Vice-Chair of the Education Committee. He also served as Chair of the Bond Study Commission, and as Vice-Chair of the Commission to Study Diversity and Equity in City Employment.
During the 2011-14 term, Councilman Zurier served as Chairman of the Council’s Special Committee on Education and Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Pension Sustainability, a member of the Commission on Revenue, Sustainability, and Efficiency. He served on the Revenue Study Commission and as Chair of the Subcommittee on Tax-Exempt Institutions. He also helped create the Special Commission to Study Property Tax Revaluation and was chosen as its Chairman.
He is an attorney and has been engaged in the private practice of law in Rhode Island since 1990.
Councilman Zurier graduated from Classical High School, received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Yale University, his Master’s in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University, and his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1982.
Councilman Zurier has been actively involved in community and civic organizations, and has many years’ experience in public service. An advocate for quality public education, Councilman Zurier served on the Providence School Board in 2000-02, and was a member of various committees for Providence Public Schools, including the Nathan Bishop Planning Committee (2006-present), the Superintendent Search Committee (2005), and the Aramark Scholarship Committee (2006-2007). He helped found the Classical High School Alumni Association.
Other civic affiliations include Leadership Rhode Island (Omega Class, 2004); past president and of Jewish Family Service; and former member of board of directors for Jewish Federation of Rhode Island and Temple Beth El. He received the Hassenfeld Award for Community Service in 1995.
Councilman Zurier’s professional memberships include the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. He was an adjunct professor at Roger Williams Law School during 2008-09.
Born and raised on the East Side of Providence, Councilman Zurier left the area for college and returned to the East Side in 1990 to raise a family and build a career. He has resided on the East Side ever since, and lives with his wife, Lauren. They have three children, Rachel, Hannah and Joseph, all of whom graduated from the Providence Public Schools.
Councilman Zurier spends his free time jogging, bicycling, and reading.