Rhode Island House of Representatives

Coordinates: 41°49′52″N 71°25′02″W / 41.8310574°N 71.4171443°W / 41.8310574; -71.4171443

The Rhode Island House of Representatives is the lower house of the Rhode Island General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, the upper house being the Rhode Island Senate. It is composed of 75 members, elected to two-year terms from 75 districts of equal population. The Rhode Island General Assembly does not have term limits. The House meets at the Rhode Island State Capitol in Providence.[1]

Rhode Island
House of Representatives
Coat of arms or logo
Seal of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
Term limits
New session started
January 3, 2023
K. Joseph Shekarchi (D)
since January 5, 2021
Speaker pro tempore
Brian Patrick Kennedy (D)
since January 12, 2017
Majority Leader
Christopher R. Blazejweski (D)
since January 5, 2021
Minority Leader
Michael W. Chippendale (R)
since June 23, 2022
2023-2024 Rhode Island House of Representatives.svg
Political groups
Majority (65)
  •   Democratic (65)

Minority (10)

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle VI, Constitution of Rhode Island
SalaryRepresentative: $16,835/year
Last election
November 8, 2022
(75 seats)
Next election
November 5, 2024
(75 seats)
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
Gallery view of the Rhode Island State House - House Chamber.jpg
House of Representatives Chamber
Rhode Island State Capitol
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island House of Representatives

House leadershipEdit

The Speaker of the House presides over the House of Representatives. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus followed by confirmation of the full House through the passage of a House Resolution. As well as presiding over the body, the Speaker is also the chief leadership position, and controls the flow of legislation. Other House leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses relative to their party's strength in the chamber.


Position Representative Party District
Speaker of the House Joe Shekarchi Dem 23
Majority Leader Christopher Blazejewski Dem 2
Majority Whip Katherine Kazarian Dem 63
Deputy Speaker Charlene Lima Dem 14
Deputy Majority Whip Mia Ackerman Dem 45
Majority Caucus Chair Grace Diaz Dem 11
Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy Dem 38
Majority Floor Manager Jay Edwards Dem 70
Minority Leader Michael Chippendale Rep 36
Minority Whip David Place Rep 40
Senior Deputy Minority Leader Justin K. Price Rep 39

Committee leadershipEdit

Committee Chair First Vice Chair Second Vice Chair
Conduct Camille Vella-Wilkinson Thomas Noret Deborah Fellela
Corporations Joseph J. Solomon Jr. William O’Brien Justine Caldwell
Education Joseph McNamara Jean-Philippe Barros Gregg Amore
Environment and Natural Resources David Bennett Robert Phillips William O’Brien
Finance Marvin Abney Scott A. Slater Alex Marszalkowski
Health and Human Services Stephen Casey James N. McLaughlin Susan Donovan
Innovation, Internet and Technology Deborah Ruggiero Arthur Handy Lauren Carson
Judiciary Robert Craven Carol McEntee Jason Knight
Labor Anastasia Williams Mary Messier Karen Alzate
Municipal Government and Housing Raymond Hull Kathleen Fogarty June Speakman
Oversight Patricia Serpa Julie Casimiro Thomas Noret
Rules Arthur Corvese William O’Brien Camille Vella-Wilkinson
Small Business Carol McEntee Gregory Costantino Terri-Denise Cortvriend
Special Legislation Kathleen Fogarty Grace Diaz Bernard Hawkins
State Government and Elections Evan Shanley Mary Messier Arthur Corvese
Veterans' Affairs Samuel Azzinaro Carlos Tobon James N. McLaughlin

All chairs and vice chairs are members of the Democratic Party.[2]


Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Independent Vacant
End of 2014 session 69 6 0 75 0
Beginning of 2015 session 63 11 1 75 0
End of 2016 session 62 12
2017-2018[3] 64 11 0 75 0
Beginning of 2019 session 66 9 0 75 0
June 23, 2020[4] 8 1
Beginning of 2021 session 65 10 0 75 0
Beginning of 2023 session 65 9 1 75 0
Latest voting share 87% 12% 1%

Members of the Rhode Island House of RepresentativesEdit

This list is of members elected in November 2020, to serve in the 2021–22 biennium.[5]

District Representative Party Residence/other municipalities in district First elected
1 Edith Ajello Dem Providence 1992
2 Christopher Blazejewski Dem Providence 2010
3 Nathan Biah Dem Providence 2020
4 Rebecca Kislak Dem Providence 2018
5 Anthony DeSimone Dem Providence 2022
6 Raymond Hull Dem Providence 2010
7 David Morales Dem Providence 2020
8 John J. Lombardi Dem Providence 2012
9 Enrique G. Sanchez Dem Providence 2022
10 Scott A. Slater Dem Providence 2009
11 Grace Diaz Dem Providence 2004
12 Jose Batista Dem Providence 2020
13 Ramon Perez Dem Providence, Johnston 2020 (2016-2018)
14 Charlene Lima Dem Cranston, Providence 1992
15 Barbara Ann Fenton-Fung Rep Cranston 2020
16 Brandon Potter Dem Cranston 2020
17 Jacquelyn Baginski Dem Cranston 2020
18 Arthur Handy Dem Cranston 2002
19 Joseph McNamara Dem Warwick 1992
20 David Bennett Dem Warwick 2010
21 Camille Vella-Wilkinson Dem Warwick 2016
22 Joseph J. Solomon Jr. Dem Warwick 2014
23 Joe Shekarchi Dem Warwick 2012
24 Evan Shanley Dem Warwick 2016
25 Thomas Noret Dem Coventry 2018
26 Patricia Morgan Rep West Warwick 2020 (2010-2018)
27 Patricia Serpa Dem West Warwick 2006
28 George Nardone Rep Coventry 2018
29 Sherry Roberts Rep Coventry 2014
30 Justine Caldwell Dem East Greenwich 2018
31 Julie Casimiro Dem North Kingstown, Exeter 2016
32 Robert Craven Dem North Kingstown 2012
33 Carol McEntee Dem Narragansett, South Kingstown 2015
34 Teresa Tanzi Dem Narragansett, South Kingstown 2010
35 Kathleen A. Fogarty Dem South Kingstown 2014
36 Tina Spears Dem Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly 2022
37 Samuel Azzinaro Dem Westerly 2008
38 Brian Patrick Kennedy Dem Westerly, Hopkinton 1988
39 Megan Cotter Dem Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton 2022
40 Michael Chippendale Rep Coventry, Foster, Glocester 2010
41 Robert Quattrocchi Rep Scituate 2016
42 Edward Cardillo Dem Johnston 2020
43 Deborah Fellela Dem Johnston 2006
44 Gregory Costantino Dem Lincoln 2012
45 Mia Ackerman Dem Cumberland, Lincoln 2012
46 Mary Ann Shallcross Smith Dem Lincoln 2020 (2008-2010)
47 David J. Place Rep Burrillville, Glocester 2018
48 Brian Newberry Rep North Smithfield 2008
49 Jon D. Brien Ind Woonsocket 2022 (2007-2012)
50 Stephen Casey Dem Woonsocket 2012
51 Robert Phillips Dem Woonsocket 2010
52 Alex Marszalkowski Dem Cumberland 2016
53 Brian Rea Rep Smithfield 2022
54 William O'Brien Dem North Providence 2012
55 Arthur “Doc” Corvese Dem North Providence 1998
56 Joshua Giraldo Dem Central Falls
57 Brandon Voas Dem Central Falls
58 Cherie L. Cruz Dem Pawtucket
59 Jennifer A. Stewart Dem Pawtucket
60 Karen Alzate Dem Pawtucket
61 Leonela Felix Dem Pawtucket
62 Mary Messier Dem Pawtucket
63 Katherine Kazarian Dem East Providence
64 Brianna Henries Dem East Providence
65 Matthew S. Dawson Dem East Providence
66 Jennifer Boylan Dem Barrington, East Providence
67 Jason Knight Dem Warren
68 June Speakman Dem Warren
69 Susan R. Donovan Dem Bristol
70 John Edwards Dem Tiverton
71 Michelle McGaw Dem Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton
72 Terri-Denise Cortvriend Dem Middletown, Portsmouth
73 Marvin Abney Dem Middletown, Newport
74 Alex Finkelman Dem Jamestown, Middletown
75 Lauren H. Carson Dem Newport

Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "RI House of Representatives". Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "State of Rhode Island General Assembly". State of Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Rep. Blake Filippi switched parties from Independent to Republican before the start of session. [1]
  4. ^ Calder, John (December 31, 2010). "An Integrated International Approach to Arctic Ocean Observations for Society (A Legacy of the International Polar Year)". Proceedings of OceanObs'09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society. European Space Agency: 141–153. doi:10.5270/oceanobs09.cwp.14. ISBN 978-3-86987-200-1.
  5. ^ "RI House of Representatives elections, 2016". Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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