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Rhode Island House of Representatives
Type Lower House
Speaker of the House William J. Murphy, (D)
Majority Leader Gordon D. Fox, (D)
Minority Leader Robert A. Watson, (R)
Members 75
Political groups 69 Democratic Party
6 Republican Party
0 Independent
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
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. It is composed of 75 Representatives from an equal amount of constituencies, each of whom is elected to a two year term. The Rhode Island General Assembly does not have term limits. The House meets at the Rhode Island State Capitol in Providence


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 William J. Murphy of District 26 (Warwick, West Warwick, Coventry). The Majority Leader is Gordon D. Fox of District 4 (Providence). The Republican Minority Leader is Robert A. Watson of District 30 (West Greenwich, East Greenwich).

Composition of the House of Representatives

2009-2010 make-up of the House of Representatives

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 62 13 75 0
Begin 69 6 75 0
August 10, 2009[1] 68 74 1
October 1, 2009[2] 67 73 2
November 10, 2009[3] 68 74 1
December 29, 2009[4] 69 75 0
Latest voting share 92% 8%

Current Members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives

This list is of the 2009/2010 Sessions. The 2009 session brought 16 new freshmen to the house chamber, which included downsizing the RI GOP Representatives by 7, leaving it with a mere 6 Representatives. On August 10, 2009 Representative Thomas C. Slater of the 10th District, died after a long battle with cancer. On October 1, 2009 Representative Elizabeth Dennigan of the 62nd District, resigned from the House to focus on running for Congress in Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District. Both seats were filled prior to the General Assembly's reconvening on 5 January 2010.

District Representative Party Residence
1 John J. McCauley Democratic Providence
2 David Segal
Democratic East Providence
3 Edith H. Ajello Democratic Providence
4 Gordon D. Fox, Majority Leader Democratic Providence
5 John J. DeSimone Democratic Providence
6 Peter N. Wasylyk Democratic Providence
7 Joanne M. Giannini Democratic Providence
8 Steven M. Constantino Democratic Providence
9 Anastasia Williams Democratic Providence
10 Scott Slater Democratic Providence
11 Grace Diaz Democratic Providence
12 Joseph S. Almeida Democratic Providence
13 John M. Carnevale Democratic Providence
14 Charlene Lima Democratic Cranston
15 Nicholas A. Mattiello
Democratic Cranston
16 Peter G. Palumbo Democratic Cranston
17 Robert B. Jacquard Democratic Cranston
18 Arthur Handy Democratic Cranston
19 Joseph M. McNamara Democratic Warwick
20 Al Gemma Democratic Warwick
21 Eileen S. Naughton Democratic Warwick
22 Frank Ferri Democratic Warwick
23 Robert E. Flaherty Democratic Warwick
24 Joseph A. Trillo, Deputy Minority Leader Republican Warwick
25 Timothy A. Williamson Democratic West Warwick
26 William J. Murphy, Speaker Democratic Warwick
27 Patricia A. Serpa Democratic West Warwick
28 Scott J. Guthrie Democratic Coventry
29 Raymond J. Sullivan, Jr. Democratic Coventry
30 Robert A. Watson, Minority Leader Republican East Greenwich
31 Kenneth Carter Democratic North Kingstown
32 Laurence W. Ehrhardt Republican North Kingstown
33 Donald J. Lally, Jr. Democratic Narragansett
34 David Caprio Democratic Narragansett
35 Michael A. Rice Democratic South Kingstown
36 Donna M. Walsh Democratic Charlestown
37 Samuel A. Azzinaro Democratic Westerly
38 Brian Patrick Kennedy Democratic Hopkinton
39 Rodney Driver Democratic Richmond
40 Scott M. Pollard Democratic Coventry
41 Michael J. Marcello Democratic Scituate
42 Stephen R. Ucci Democratic Johnston
43 Deborah A. Fellela Democratic Johnston
44 Peter J. Petrarca Democratic Lincoln
45 Rene R. Menard Democratic Lincoln
46 Mary Ann Shallcross Smith Democratic Lincoln
47 Edwin R. Pacheco Democratic Burrillville
48 Brian C. Newberry Republican North Smithfield
49 Lisa Baldelli-Hunt Democratic Woonsocket
50 Jon Brien Democratic Woonsocket
51 Christopher M. Fierro Democratic Woonsocket
52 Karen L. MacBeth Democratic Cumberland
53 Thomas Winfield Democratic Smithfield
54 Gregory J. Schadone Democratic North Providence
55 Arthur J. Corvese Democratic North Providence
56 Joseph L. Faria Democratic Central Falls
57 Kenneth A. Vaudreuil Democratic Cumberland
58 William San Bento, Jr. Democratic Pawtucket
59 J. Patrick O'Neill Democratic Pawtucket
60 Elaine A. Coderre Democratic Pawtucket
61 Peter F. Kilmartin, Majority Whip Democratic Pawtucket
62 Mary Duffy Messier Democratic Pawtucket
63 Roberto DaSilva Democratic East Providence
64 Helio Melo Democratic East Providence
65 John A. Savage Republican East Providence
66 Joy Hearn Democratic Barrington
67 Jan Malik Democratic Warren
68 Douglas W. Gablinkse Democratic Bristol
69 Raymond E. Gallison, Jr. Democratic Bristol
70 John G. Edwards Democratic Tiverton
71 John J. Loughlin, Jr. Republican Tiverton
72 Amy G. Rice Democratic Portsmouth
73 J. Russell Jackson Democratic Newport
74 Deborah L. Ruggiero Democratic Jamestown
75 Peter F. Martin Democratic Newport

See also


  1. ^ Democrat Thomas C. Slater (D-10) died
  2. ^ Democrat Elizabeth Denigan (D-62) resigned
  3. ^ Democrat Scott Slater (D-10) won special election
  4. ^ Democrat Mary Duffy Messier (D-62) won special election [1]

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