U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin has a Democratic primary challenger: Dylan Conley,

Conley, who became chairman of the Providence Board of Licenses in 2017, is the son of RI Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence).

Conley, 33, said he was inspired to run by the two dramatic events of 2020: the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. He described the pending election season as a once in generation moment that will have a long impact.

"I feel like I need to be a part of it because my generation needs to be apart of it," he said.

Conley said he expects to formally unveil his run in the near future.

While Langevin enjoys certain advantages as an congressional incumbent, Conley pointed to how the Warwick Democrat has been in that office for two decades. This election, he said, will be "about what we can do in the future."

Langevin's campaign manager, Mike DeAngelis, offered this comment in a statement: "Congressman Langevin is laser-focused on unifying Rhode Islanders, keeping communities safe and healthy, and boosting our state's recovery efforts as we get through these trying times together. He has always fought for the people of Rhode Island and will continue to do so.”

Dylan Conley works for his father’s law firm, “handling municipal, land use, and labor law for the practice,” according to the elder Conley’s web site, and serves as assistant solicitor in East Providence.

“We’re building a team, we need you on this team.” Conley exhorts in a Facebook video posted this week, inspired by the mass movement that has appeared across the nation after the death of George Floyd.

Conley's intentions were first reported in a tweet by The Boston Globe.

Now serving his 10th term, Langevin was first elected to the U.S. House in 2000 and he hasn’t faced a close challenge since then.

A former Rhode Island secretary of state, Langevin made his name while fight for increased access to public records in that position. A senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, Langevin is known in part for a focus on cyber-security. 

Langevin, 56, the first quadriplegic to serve in the U.S. House, was left in that condition at 16 when a police officer accidentally discharged a round, striking him in the spine, when he was touring the police station in his native Warwick as someone interested in a career in law enforcement.

Langevin has more than $1.2 million in his campaign account, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Dylan Conley graduated from Boston College and studied law at Florida State University College of Law and the Florida State Oxford College of Law at Oxford University, according to the web site for his father’s firm.

The web site said Conley is an active volunteer with his wife, Jenica Reed Conley, and that they bought their home in Providence’s West End on HGTV’s House Hunters.

This post has been updated.