About Teresa

Teresa Tanzi

 House Finance Committee, House Finance Subcommittees - Environment/Transportation

House Small Business Committee, Joint Port Facilities Study Commission

  • 2018 Rhode Island Pharmacists Association "Charles Hachadorian Jr." Awardee
  • Policy Chair of the Washington County Health Equity Zone
  • Board Member of RI Bike
  • Founding Member of Paths to Progress
  • South Kingstown Healthy Places by Design Task Force Member
  • Wakefield Downtown Merchants Association Member
  • Friends of Canonchet Farm Volunteer
  • Washington County Coalition for Children Member
  • Washington County Behavioral Health Planning Committee
  • Narragansett Chamber of Commerce Member
  • Narragansett Partnership for Prevention Member
  • Peace Dale Neighborhood Revitalization, Inc Member 
  • Former South Kingstown Economic Development Committee Member
  • Former Ocean State Action Executive Committee Vice President
  • Former Broad Rock Community Garden Vice Chair
  • Former WRNI Public Radio Community Advisory Council
  • Past South County Chapter Chair and Executive Board Member, RI National Organization for Women (RI NOW)
  • Member of the Adult Sexual Assault Task Force (Day One)
  • Former Jonnycake Center Hunger Task Force Member
  • Lived in Narragansett 2000-2007, currently resides in Wakefield
  • Mother of Delia, her daughter
  • Wife of Eric Buchbaum, podiatrist and partner in Shoreline Podiatry, Wakefield, and Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at South County Hospital
Teresa Tanzi (D) has served the people of Narragansett and South Kingstown in District 34 since she was first elected in November 2010. She is a member of the House Finance and House Small Business Committees. 
Representative Tanzi has been a leader in safeguarding the limited resources Rhode Island has for economic development by making sure new and existing tax incentives provide a benefit to the state’s economy and its residents.
Her passions include the development of bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly community infrastructure, working to increase availability of multi-modal transit options for commuters, and working to enact greater prevention measures for teen tobacco and nicotine addiction.
Her signature legislative accomplishments include bringing benefit corporations to Rhode Island, the 2015 Cesspool Elimination Act, helping to close a loophole that allowed large companies to evade paying taxes in Rhode Island, and requiring comprehensive economic development tax incentive analyses and reporting. 
She has studied at Middlesex County College, the University of Rhode Island and Brown University. She and her husband, Dr. Eric Buchbaum, live in Wakefield with their daughter, Delia Tanzi Buchbaum, where they raise chickens and bees.

Interview on Straight from the Gavel:
                                        May 24, 2012

RI ACLU - Rights of a Free People
                                                July 20

Brief Update from the State House:
                                        January 13, 2011 

Brief Update from the State House:
                                        February 7, 2012    

Teresa is State Representative in District 34, including neighborhoods in Narragansett, Peace Dale and Wakefield, and is readily accessible by phone.

Cell Phone:
(401) 527-9468


P.O. Box 5134
Wakefield, RI 02880