Brown’s State Representative Edith Ajello just got a promotion. Ajello, an East Providence Democrat who goes by her nickname “Edie,” was recently tapped to chair the R.I. House Judiciary Committee, which deals with legislation on judges, prisons and same-sex marriage, an issue again at the center of state political debate after the election of pro-legalization Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14. The “unabashedly left-of-center” Ajello also favors legalizing gay marriage, as well as legalizing marijuana, levying an obesity tax on soda and mandating that police collect data on crimes against the transgendered. While Ajello’s new position means she’ll have a more prominent platform to advance her priorities, she told The Providence Journal that she may have to moderate her tone. “I feel that, in some way, I’ll have to step away a little from my progressive, liberal, extreme left advocacy to do the job of chair properly,” Ajello said.