Address: Chopmist Hill Road
Mailing Address: PO Box 114, Scituate, RI 02857
Mike is a product of the Scituate public school system. He attended Clayville Elementary School and graduated from Scituate High School in 1986. In 1990, earned a B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, ME with highest honors and distinction in government. In 1994, Mike graduated from the The American University-Washington College of Law in Washington, DC where he received awards for his legal research and writing. As part of his legal education, he also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mike was a law clerk for the State of Connecticut’s superior court system for two years before joining Morrison Mahoney LLP in Providence, RI in 1996. He became a partner in the firm and specialized in civil litigation, municipal law, and insurance coverage issues. In December 2014, Mike was appointed the city solicitor for the City of Woonsocket. In that capacity, Mike advises the Mayor and City Council on all issues affecting the city government including labor, taxes, economic development, and zoning.
Mike is the youngest of four children and the son of the late Domenic and Jospehine Marcello. He siblings, Karen, Paul, and Thomas all grew up in Scituate. Mike’s father Domenic grew up in Cranston before moving to Scituate. Mike now owns the home that he grew up. Mike’s aunt and uncle, Carmine “Cappy” and Elizabeth “Betty” Marcello lived next door to Mike’s family. Mike’s extended family includes his cousins Audrey, David, Bobby, Joe and Edward Marcello. After a local career in the jewelry industry, Mike’s parents opened the very popular and successful Countryside Restaurant Inc. in 1986. Mike’s sister now runs the family business as the Corner Bistro, LLC – also a popular spot.
Mike made his first run for office in 1994 when he ran for Town Moderator. He lost that election, but went on two years later to win a seat on the Scituate Town Council in 1996. He was re-elected three times and served for a total of eight years. For six of those eight years, Mike was the only Democrat member and distinguished himself as a champion of open government and fiscal responsibility. In addition to being a champion of public schools and libraries, Mike was well respected for his constituent service.
Mike at the General Assembly
In 2008, Mike won a seat in the Rhode Island House representing Scituate and western Cranston. He quickly distinguished himself as a dedicated and hard-working legislator. He has served on numerous House committees including Judiciary (Vice-Chair); Environment and Natural Resources; Corporations and Rules. In 2012, he was named as the Chair of the House Oversight Committee. In that capacity, Mike held oversight hearings on the administration of the 2012 elections, the state’s student loan program, and 38 Studios. In March 2012, Mike ran for Speaker of the House after the then Speaker abruptly resigned. Mike ran on a reform platform, but lost the race to the current Speaker. He currently serves on the House Corporations Committee, and the House Committee of Environment and Natural Resources.