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Rhode Island Senate
|Rhode Island General Assembly|
New session started
|January 1, 2019|
President of the Senate
President pro Tempore
Length of term
|Authority||Article VI, Constitution of Rhode Island|
|Salary||Senator: $15,958 per year President: $31,917 per year|
|November 6, 2018|
|November 3, 2020|
Rhode Island State Capitol
Providence, Rhode Island
|Rhode Island Senate|
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 the majority of 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.
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.
The current President of the Senate is Democrat Dominick J. Ruggerio of District 4 (Providence). The current Senate Majority Leader is Michael McCaffrey of District 4 (Providence). The Senate Minority Leader is Dennis Algiere of District 38 (Westerly, Charlestown).
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|Latest voting share||86.8%||13.2%|
|4||Dominick J. Ruggerio||Dem||Providence|
|7||Frank Ciccone||Dem||Providence, North Providence|
|9||John Burke||Dem||West Warwick|
|10||Walter Felag||Dem||Tiverton, Warren|
|11||James Seveney||Dem||Bristol, Portsmouth|
|12||Louis DiPalma||Dem||Little Compton, Middletown|
|13||Dawn Euer||Dem||Newport, Jamestown|
|14||Valarie Lawson||Dem||East Providence, Pawtucket|
|16||Jonathon Acosta||Dem||Central Falls, Pawtucket|
|18||Cynthia Mendes||Dem||East Providence|
|19||Ryan W. Pearson||Dem||Cumberland|
|20||Roger Picard||Dem||Woonsocket, Cumberland|
|21||Gordon Rogers||Rep||Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich|
|22||Stephen Archambault||Dem||Smithfield, Johnston, North Providence|
|23||Jessica de la Cruz||Rep||Burrillville, Glocester|
|24||Melissa Murray||Dem||North Smithfield, Woonsocket|
|32||Cynthia Armour Coyne||Dem||Barrington|
|33||Leonidas Raptakis||Dem||Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich|
|34||Elaine J. Morgan||Rep||Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich|
|35||Bridget Valverde||Dem||East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Narragansett, South Kingstown|
|37||V. Susan Sosnowski||Dem||New Shoreham, South Kingstown|
|38||Dennis Algiere||Rep||Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown|
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