New York State Senate

New York State Senate

Summary

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.

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.

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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.

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 leadership

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.

Democratic Leadership

Republican Leadership

Committee leadership

CommitteeChairVice ChairSecretary
CommerceV. Susan Sosnowski (D)Roger Picard (D)Tiara Mack (D)
EducationSandra Cano (D)Hanna Gallo (D)Ana Quezada (D)
Environment and AgricultureAlana DiMario (D)Matthew LaMountain (D)David Tikoian (D)
FinanceLouis DiPalma (D)Melissa Murray (D)Walter Felag (D)
Health and Human ServicesJoshua Miller (D)Bridget Valverde (D)Pamela J. Lauria (D)
Housing and Municipal GovernmentRoger Picard (D)Meghan Kallman (D)Gordon Rogers (R)
JudiciaryDawn Euer (D)Frank Lombardi (D)Leonidas Raptakis (D)
LaborFrank Ciccone (D)Frank Lombardi (D)John Burke (D)
Rules, Government Ethics and OversightMark McKenney (D)Valarie Lawson (D)Sam Zurier (D)
Special Legislation and Veterans' AffairsWalter Felag (D)Leonidas Raptakis (D)Valarie Lawson (D)

Make-up of the Senate

2019-2021 Legislative Session
AffiliationParty
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
DemocraticRepublicanIndVacant
2011-20122981380
2013-20143251380
Begin 20153251380
2015-2016330
Begin 20173350380
2017-2019321
Begin 20193350380
Begin 20233350380
Latest voting share86.8%13.2%

Members of the Rhode Island Senate

DistrictSenatorPartyRepresentingFirst elected
1Jake BissaillonDemProvidence2023*
2Ana QuezadaDemProvidence2016
3Sam ZurierDemProvidence2021*
4Dominick J. RuggerioDemProvidence1984
5Sam BellDemProvidence2018
6Tiara MackDemProvidence2020
7Frank CicconeDemProvidence, North Providence2002
8Sandra CanoDemPawtucket2018*
9John BurkeDemWest Warwick2020
10Walter FelagDemTiverton, Warren1998
11Linda UjifusaDemBristol, Portsmouth2022
12Louis DiPalmaDemLittle Compton, Middletown2008
13Dawn EuerDemNewport, Jamestown2017*
14Valarie LawsonDemEast Providence2018
15Meghan KallmanDemPawtucket2020
16Jonathon AcostaDemCentral Falls, Pawtucket2020
17Thomas PaolinoRepLincoln2016
18Robert BrittoDemEast Providence, Pawtucket2022
19Ryan W. PearsonDemCumberland2012
20Roger PicardDemWoonsocket, Cumberland2008*
21Gordon RogersRepCoventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich2018
22David TikoianDemSmithfield, Lincoln, North Providence2022
23Jessica de la CruzRepBurrillville, Glocester2018
24Melissa MurrayDemNorth Smithfield, Woonsocket2018
25Vacant[1]Johnston
26Frank LombardiDemCranston2012
27Hanna GalloDemCranston1998
28Joshua MillerDemCranston2006
29Anthony DeLuca IIRepWarwick2022
30Mark McKenneyDemWarwick2018
31Matthew LaMountainDemWarwick2022
32Pamela J. LauriaDemBarrington, Bristol, East Providence2022
33Leonidas RaptakisDemCoventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich2012
(1996-2010)
34Elaine J. MorganRepExeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich2014
35Bridget ValverdeDemEast Greenwich, North Kingstown, Narragansett, South Kingstown2018
36Alana DiMarioDemNarragansett2020
37V. Susan SosnowskiDemNew Shoreham, South Kingstown1996
38Victoria GuDemWesterly, Charlestown, South Kingstown2022
*Senator was elected in a special election

Past composition of the Senate

See also

References

  1. ^ Democrat Frank Lombardo died on February 21, 2024.

External links

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