Rhode Island Senate

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

The Rhode Island Senate is the upper house of the Rhode Island General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Rhode Island, the lower house being the Rhode Island House of Representatives. It is composed of 38 Senators, each of whom is elected to a two-year term. Rhode Island is one of the 14 states where its upper house serves at a two-year cycle, rather than the normal four-year term as in most states. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Senator may serve. The Rhode Island Senate meets at the Rhode Island State Capitol in Providence.

Rhode Island Senate
Rhode Island General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2021
Dominick Ruggerio (D)
since March 23, 2017
President pro Tempore
Hanna Gallo (D)
since January 5, 2021
Majority Leader
Michael McCaffrey (D)
since March 23, 2017
Minority Leader
Dennis Algiere (R)
since January 7, 1997
Majority Whip
Maryellen Goodwin (D)
since January 6, 2009
Rhode Island State Senate 2019-2021.svg
Political groups
  •   Democratic (33)


Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle VI, Constitution of Rhode Island
SalarySenator: $15,958 per year President: $31,917 per year
Last election
November 3, 2020
(38 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(38 seats)
Meeting place
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Senate Chamber
Rhode Island State Capitol
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Senate

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to executive departments, commissions and boards and Justices to the Rhode Island Judiciary.

Senate leadershipEdit

The President of the Senate presides over the body, appointing members to all of the Senate's committees and joint committees, and may create other committees and subcommittees if desired. Unlike most other states, the Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island does not preside over the Senate, and is instead active in other areas such as state commissions on health and businesses. In the Senate President's absence, the President Pro Tempore presides.

The current President of the Senate is Democrat Dominick J. Ruggerio of District 4 (Providence). The current Senate Majority Leader is Michael McCaffrey of District 4 (Providence). The Senate Minority Leader is Dennis Algiere of District 38 (Westerly, Charlestown).

Democratic LeadershipEdit

Republican LeadershipEdit

Committee ChairsEdit

Make-up of the SenateEdit

2019-2021 Legislative Session
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Ind Vacant
2011-2012 29 8 1 38 0
2013-2014 32 5 1 38 0
Begin 2015 32 5 1 38 0
2015-2016 33 0
Begin 2017 33 5 0 38 0
2017-2019 32 1
Begin 2019 33 5 0 38 0
Latest voting share 86.8% 13.2%

Members of the Rhode Island SenateEdit

District Senator Party Representing
1 Maryellen Goodwin Dem Providence
2 Ana Quezada Dem Providence
3 Gayle Goldin Dem Providence
4 Dominick J. Ruggerio Dem Providence
5 Sam Bell Dem Providence
6 Tiara Mack Dem Providence
7 Frank Ciccone Dem Providence, North Providence
8 Sandra Cano Dem Pawtucket
9 John Burke Dem West Warwick
10 Walter Felag Dem Tiverton, Warren
11 James Seveney Dem Bristol, Portsmouth
12 Louis DiPalma Dem Little Compton, Middletown
13 Dawn Euer Dem Newport, Jamestown
14 Valarie Lawson Dem East Providence
15 Meghan Kallman Dem Pawtucket
16 Jonathon Acosta Dem Central Falls, Pawtucket
17 Thomas Paolino Rep Lincoln
18 Cynthia Mendes Dem East Providence, Pawtucket
19 Ryan W. Pearson Dem Cumberland
20 Roger Picard Dem Woonsocket, Cumberland
21 Gordon Rogers Rep Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich
22 Stephen Archambault Dem Smithfield, Johnston, North Providence
23 Jessica de la Cruz Rep Burrillville, Glocester
24 Melissa Murray Dem North Smithfield, Woonsocket
25 Frank Lombardo Dem Johnston
26 Frank Lombardi Dem Cranston
27 Hanna Gallo Dem Cranston
28 Joshua Miller Dem Cranston
29 Michael McCaffrey Dem Warwick
30 Jeanine Calkin Dem Warwick
31 Kendra Anderson Dem Warwick
32 Cynthia Armour Coyne Dem Barrington, Bristol, East Providence
33 Leonidas Raptakis Dem Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich
34 Elaine J. Morgan Rep Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich
35 Bridget Valverde Dem East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Narragansett, South Kingstown
36 Alana DiMario Dem Narragansett
37 V. Susan Sosnowski Dem New Shoreham, South Kingstown
38 Dennis Algiere Rep Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown

Key Senate StaffEdit

  • Jacob Bissaillon - Chief of Staff to the President
  • Nicole Verdi – Chief Legal Counsel
  • Greg Pare – Director of Communications
  • John S. Baxter, Jr. – Director of Constituent Services
  • Stephen Whitney – Senate Fiscal Advisor
  • Nora Crowley – Director of Policy
  • Kristen M. Silvia – Director of Legislation and Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Charlotte Desautels – Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Tracey McConnell - Executive Assistant to the Majority Leader
  • Brandon Bell – Minority Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel
  • Katie Haughey-Cardoza - Minority Director of Communications


Past composition of the SenateEdit

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