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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
Joe Shekarchi (D)
since January 5, 2021
Speaker pro tempore
Brian Kennedy (D)
since January 12, 2017
Majority Leader
Chris Blazejweski (D)
since January 5, 2021
Minority Leader
Michael Chippendale (R)
since June 23, 2022
Political groups
Majority (65)
  •   Democratic (65)

Minority (10)

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle VI, Constitution of Rhode Island
SalaryRepresentative: $19,036/year
Last election
November 8, 2022
Next election
November 5, 2024
RedistrictingLegislative Control
Meeting place
House of Representatives Chamber
Rhode Island State Capitol
Providence, Rhode Island
Rhode Island House of Representatives

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]

House leadership

This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (January 2023)

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 Raymond Hull Dem 6
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 40
Minority Whip David Place Rep 47
Senior Deputy Minority Leader Sherry Roberts Rep 29

Committee leadership

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 Thomas Noret Rebecca Kislak
Environment and Natural Resources David Bennett Robert Phillips Lauren H. Carson
Finance Marvin Abney Scott A. Slater Alex Marszalkowski
Health and Human Services Susan Donovan Joshua Giraldo Brandon Potter
Innovation, Internet and Technology Jacquelyn Baginski Arthur Handy Lauren Carson
Judiciary Robert Craven Carol McEntee Jason Knight
Labor Arthur Corvese Mary Messier Karen Alzate
Municipal Government and Housing Stephen Casey Kathleen Fogarty June Speakman
Oversight Patricia Serpa Julie Casimiro Thomas Noret
Rules Kathleen Fogarty William O'Brien Patricia Serpa
Small Business Carol McEntee Justine Caldwell Terri-Denise Cortvriend
Special Legislation Karen Alzate Grace Diaz John J. Lombardi
State Government and Elections Evan Shanley Mary Messier Arthur Corvese
Veterans' Affairs Samuel Azzinaro Deborah Fellela Mary Ann Shallcross Smith

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


This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (January 2023)
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 Representatives

This list is of members elected in November 2022, to serve in the 2023–24 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 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 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 2020
57 Brandon Voas Dem Central Falls 2022
58 Cherie Cruz Dem Pawtucket 2022
59 Jennifer Stewart Dem Pawtucket 2022
60 Karen Alzate Dem Pawtucket 2018
61 Leonela Felix Dem Pawtucket 2020
62 Mary Messier Dem Pawtucket 2009
63 Katherine Kazarian Dem East Providence 2012
64 Brianna Henries Dem East Providence 2020
65 Matthew S. Dawson Dem East Providence 2022
66 Jennifer Boylan Dem Barrington, East Providence 2022
67 Jason Knight Dem Warren 2016
68 June Speakman Dem Warren 2019
69 Susan R. Donovan Dem Bristol 2016
70 John Edwards Dem Tiverton 2008
71 Michelle McGaw Dem Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton 2020
72 Terri-Denise Cortvriend Dem Middletown, Portsmouth 2018
73 Marvin Abney Dem Middletown, Newport 2012
74 Alex Finkelman Dem Jamestown, Middletown 2022
75 Lauren H. Carson Dem Newport 2014

Past composition of the House of Representatives

Main article: Political party strength in Rhode Island

See also


  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.