Rhode Island House of Representatives

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Rhode Island
House of Representatives
Rhode Island General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 4, 2011
Speaker of the House
Nicholas Mattiello (D)
Since March 25, 2014
Speaker pro Tempore
Elaine Coderre (D)
Since February 11, 2010
Majority Leader
John DeSimone (D)
Since February 11, 2010
Minority Leader
Brian Newberry (R)
Since May 3, 2011
Seats 75
Rhode Island House of Representatives 2014.svg
Political groups
Governing party

Opposition party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article VI, Rhode Island Constitution
Salary Representative: $15,079/year Speaker of the House: $30,158/year
Last election
November 4, 2014
(75 seats)
Next election
November 1, 2016
(75 seats)
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 US state of Rhode Island. 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]

Leadership of the House

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 Democrat is Nicholas A. Mattiello. He was elected as Speaker of the House by his House colleagues on March 25, 2014. First elected in November 2006 to Represent District 15 in Cranston,RI & he served as the House Majority Leader from February 2010 until becoming Speaker. Former Speaker Gordon D. Fox of District 4 (Providence) is under investigation by RI State Police & the FBI and reasons why have not yet been disclosed to the public. The Speaker pro Tempore is Rep. Donald J. Lally Jr. (D-Dist. 33, Narragansett, South Kingstown). John J. DeSimone (D) was elected by his fellow Democrats as the House Majority Leader on March 25, 2014. It is the second ranking position in the House Leadership after the Speaker. He has served the residents of District 5 in Providence since being elected in November 1992. The Republican Minority Leader is Brian Newberry of District 48 (North Smithfield), Smithfield and Burrillville. He was elected House Minority Leader, the highest ranking Republican in the House, in May 2011. First elected in District 48 in November 2008, Leader Newberry previously served as Minority Whip. Leader Newberry is a member of the House Labor Committee and House Rules Committee. He also serves on the House Municipal Government Committee.


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
Latest voting share 84% 14.7% 1.3%


Position Representative[2] Party District
Speaker of the House Nicholas Mattiello Dem 15
Speaker pro Tempore Elaine Coderre Dem 60
Majority Leader John DeSimone Dem 5
Majority Whip John Edwards Dem 70
Minority Leader Brian Newberry Rep 48
Minority Whip Joseph A. Trillo Rep 24
Senior Deputy Minority Leader Michael Chippendale Rep 40

Members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives

This list is of members elected in November 2014, to serve in the 2015–16 biennium.[3]

District Representative Party Residence/other municipalities in district
1 Edith Ajello Dem Providence
2 Christopher Blazejewski Dem East Providence, Providence
3 Thomas Palangio Dem Providence
4 J. Aaron Regunberg Dem Providence
5 John DeSimone Dem Providence
6 Raymond Hull Dem Providence
7 Daniel P. McKiernan Dem Providence
8 John J. Lombardi Dem Providence
9 Anastasia P. Williams Dem Providence
10 Scott Slater Dem Providence
11 Grace Diaz Dem Providence
12 Joseph Almeida Dem Providence
13 John Carnevale Dem Providence, Johnston
14 Charlene Lima Dem Cranston
15 Nicholas A. Mattiello, Speaker Dem Cranston
16 Robert B. Lancia Rep Cranston
17 Robert Jacquard Dem Cranston
18 Arthur Handy Dem Cranston
19 Joseph McNamara Dem Warwick
20 David Bennett Dem Warwick
21 Eileen S. Naughton Dem Warwick
22 Joseph J. Solomon, Jr. Dem Warwick
23 K. Joseph Shekarchi Dem Warwick
24 Joseph A. Trillo Rep Warwick
25 Jared Nunes Dem Coventry
26 Patricia Morgan Rep West Warwick
27 Patricia Serpa Dem West Warwick
28 Robert A, Nardolillo Rep Coventry
29 Sherry Roberts Rep Coventry
30 Antonio Giarrusso Rep* East Greenwich
31 Doreen M. Costa Rep North Kingstown, Exeter
32 Robert Craven Dem North Kingstown
33 Donald J. Lally, Jr. Dem Narragansett South Kingstown
34 Teresa Tanzi Dem South Kingstown Narragansett
35 Kathleen A. Fogarty Dem South Kingstown
36 Blake A. Filippi Ind Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly
37 Samuel Azzinaro Dem Westerly
38 Brian Patrick Kennedy Dem Westerly, Hopkinton
39 Justin K Price Rep Richmond, Exeter, Hopkinton
40 Michael Chippendale Rep Coventry, Foster, Glocester
41 Michael Marcello Dem Scituate
42 Stephen Ucci Dem Johnston
43 Deborah Fellela Dem Johnston
44 Gregory Costantino Dem Lincoln
45 Mia Ackerman Dem Lincoln
46 Jeremiah O'Grady Dem Lincoln
47 Cale Keable Dem Burrillville, Glocester
48 Brian Newberry, Minority Leader Rep North Smithfield
49 Michael Morin Dem Woonsocket
50 Stephen Casey Dem Woonsocket
51 Robert Phillips Dem Woonsocket
52 Karen MacBeth Dem Cumberland
53 Thomas Winfield Dem Smithfield
54 William O'Brien Dem North Providence
55 Arthur Corvese Dem North Providence
56 Shelby Maldonado Dem Central Falls
57 James McLaughlin Dem Central Falls
58 Carlos E. Tobon Dem Pawtucket
59 Jean Philippe Barros Dem Pawtucket
60 David A. Coughlin, Jr. Dem Pawtucket
61 Raymond Johnston Dem Pawtucket
62 Mary Messier Dem Pawtucket
63 Katherine Kazarian Dem East Providence
64 Helio Melo Dem East Providence
65 Gregg Amore Dem East Providence
66 Joy Hearn Dem Barrington
67 Jan Malik Dem Warren
68 Kenneth Marshall Dem Bristol
69 Raymond Gallison Dem Bristol
70 John Edwards Dem Tiverton
71 Dennis Canario Dem Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton
72 Daniel P. Reilly Rep Portsmouth
73 Marvin Abney Dem Newport
74 Deborah Ruggiero Dem Jamestown
75 Lauren H. Carson Dem Newport

See also


  1. "RI House of Representatives". Retrieved February 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "House Leadership". Rhode Island House of Representatives. Retrieved February 12, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "RI House of Representatives". Retrieved February 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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