Rhode Island House of Representatives

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

Rhode Island
House of Representatives
Rhode Island General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 5, 2021
Joe Shekarchi (D)
since January 5, 2021
Speaker pro tempore
Brian Kennedy (D)
since January 12, 2017
Majority Leader
Christopher Blazejewski (D)
since January 5, 2021
Minority Leader
Blake Filippi (R)
since November 7, 2018
Seats 75
Rhode Island State House 2019-2021.svg
Political groups
  •   Democratic (65)


Length of term
2 years
Authority Article VI, Constitution of Rhode Island
Salary Representative: $15,414 per year
Speaker of the House: $30,158 per year
Last election
November 3, 2020
(75 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2022
(75 seats)
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

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

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.

The current Speaker of the House is K. Joseph Shekarchi (D), who was elected Speaker of the House by his House colleagues on January 5, 2021.[2] From November 2016 through 2020, he served as House Majority Leader, and he was previously Chairman of the House Labor Committee. He has served the residents of District 23 in Warwick since first being elected in November 2012.[3]

The current Majority Leader is Christopher Blazejewski, who was elected by his Democratic colleagues to serve as the House Majority Leader in November 2020 after having served as Deputy Majority Whip since May 2015.[4] The position of Majority Leader is the second ranking position in the House Leadership after the Speaker.

Representative Charlene Lima (D-Dist. 14, Cranston, Providence) serves as Deputy Speaker.[5]

The Speaker pro Tempore is Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (D-Dist. 38, Westerly, Hopkinton).

The Republican Minority Leader is Blake A. Filippi of District 36 which includes all of Block Island and Charlestown, and portions of Westerly and South Kingstown. He was elected House Minority Leader, the highest ranking Republican in the House, in November 2018.

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 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.[6]


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[7] 64 11 0 75 0
Beginning of 2019 session 66 9 0 75 0
June 23, 2020[8] 8 1
Beginning of 2021 session 65 10 0 75 0
Latest voting share 86.7% 13.3% 0%


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 Majority Whip Mia Ackerman Dem 45
Majority Caucus Chair Grace Diaz Dem 11
Deputy Speaker of the House Charlene Lima Dem 14
Speaker Pro Tempore Brian Patrick Kennedy Dem 38
Majority Floor Manager Jay Edwards Dem 70
Minority Leader Blake Filippi Rep 36
Minority Whip Michael Chippendale Rep 40
Senior Deputy Minority Leader Justin K. Price Rep 39

Members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives

This list is of members elected in November 2020, to serve in the 2021–22 biennium.[9]

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 Marcia Ranglin-Vassell Dem Providence 2016
6 Raymond Hull Dem Providence 2010
7 David Morales Dem Providence 2020
8 John J. Lombardi Dem Providence 2012
9 Anastasia P. Williams Dem Providence 1992
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 Blake Filippi Rep Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly 2014
37 Samuel Azzinaro Dem Westerly 2008
38 Brian Patrick Kennedy Dem Westerly, Hopkinton 1988
39 Justin K. Price Rep Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton 2014
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 Place Rep Burrillville, Glocester 2018
48 Brian Newberry Rep North Smithfield
49 Steven Lima Dem Woonsocket
50 Stephen Casey Dem Woonsocket
51 Robert Phillips Dem Woonsocket
52 Alex Marszalkowski Dem Cumberland
53 Bernard Hawkins Dem Smithfield
54 William O'Brien Dem North Providence
55 Arthur “Doc” Corvese Dem North Providence
56 Joshua Giraldo Dem Central Falls
57 James N. McLaughlin Dem Central Falls
58 Carlos E. Tobon Dem Pawtucket
59 Jean Philippe Barros 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 Gregg Amore Dem East Providence
66 Liana Cassar 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 Deb Ruggiero Dem Jamestown, Middletown
75 Lauren H. Carson Dem Newport

Past composition of the House of Representatives

See also


  1. ^ "RI House of Representatives". Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Rep. Joe Shekarchi becomes next Rhode Island House Speaker". AP NEWS. January 5, 2021. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  3. ^ "State of Rhode Island General Assembly". State of Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "State of Rhode Island General Assembly". State of Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "State of Rhode Island General Assembly". State of Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  6. ^ "State of Rhode Island General Assembly". State of Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  7. ^ Rep. Blake Filippi switched parties from Independent to Republican before the start of session. [1]
  8. ^ Calder, John; Calder, John; Calder, John; Calder, John; Calder, John; Calder, John; Calder, John; Calder, John; Calder, John; 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. Missing |author2= (help)
  9. ^ "RI House of Representatives elections, 2016". Retrieved March 8, 2017.

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