Rhode Island Senate

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Rhode Island Senate
Rhode Island General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Term limits
New session started
January 3, 2017
President of the Senate
Dominick J. Ruggerio (D)
Since March 23, 2017
President pro Tempore
Harold Metts (D)
Since April 2017
Majority Leader
Michael McCaffrey (D)
Since March 23, 2017
Minority Leader
Dennis Algiere (R)
Since January 7, 1997
Majority Whip
Maryellen Goodwin (D)
Since January 6, 2009
Seats 38
Senate diagram 2014 State of Rhode Island.svg
Political groups



Length of term
2 years
Authority Article VI, Rhode Island Constitution

Senate Member: $15,414/year

Senate President: $30,158/year
Last election
November 8, 2016
(38 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(38 seats)
Meeting place
Senate Chamber
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 US state of Rhode Island. 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, boards, or justices to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Senate leadership[edit]

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).

Leadership positions[edit]

Committee leadership[edit]

Make-up of the Senate[edit]

2017-2018 Legislative Session
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Ind Vacant
2011-2012 29 8 1 38 0
2013-2014 32 5 1 38 0
Begin 2015 32 5 1 38 0
2015-2016 33 0
Begin 2017 33 5 0 38 0
March 31, 2017[1] 32 37 1
August 22, 2017[2] 33 38 0
Latest voting share 87% 13%

Members of the Rhode Island Senate[edit]

District Senator Party Representing
1 Maryellen Goodwin Dem Providence
2 Ana Quezada Dem Providence
3 Gayle Goldin Dem Providence
4 Dominick J. Ruggerio Dem Providence
5 Paul Jabour Dem Providence
6 Harold Metts Dem Providence
7 Frank Ciccone Dem North Providence
8 James Doyle II Dem Pawtucket
9 Adam Satchell 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 Daniel Da Ponte Dem East Providence & Pawtucket
15 Donna Nesselbush Dem Pawtucket
16 Elizabeth Crowley Dem Central Falls
17 Thomas Paolino Rep Lincoln
18 William Conley, Jr. Dem East Providence
19 Ryan W. Pearson Dem Cumberland
20 Roger Picard Dem Woonsocket
21 Nicholas Kettle Rep Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich
22 Stephen Archambault Dem Smithfield, Johnston, & North Providence
23 Paul Fogarty Dem Burrillville, Glocester
24 Marc Cote Dem North Smithfield
25 Frank Lombardo Dem Johnston
26 Frank Lombardi Dem Cranston
27 Hanna Gallo Dem Cranston
28 Joshua Miller Dem Cranston
29 Michael McCaffrey Dem Warwick
30 Jeanine Calkin Dem Warwick
31 Erin Lynch Dem Warwick
32 Cynthia Armour Coyne Dem Barrington
33 Leonidas Raptakis Dem East Greenwich
34 Elaine J. Morgan Rep Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, & West Greenwich
35 Mark W. Gee Rep North Kingstown, Narragansett
36 James Sheehan Dem Narragansett
37 V. Susan Sosnowski Dem Block Island, South Kingstown
38 Dennis Algiere Rep Westerly, Charlestown

Key Senate Staff[edit]

  • Thomas Papa - Chief of Staff to the President
  • Kristen M. Silvia – Deputy Chief of Staff / Director of Legislation
  • Marie L. Ganim – Deputy Chief of Staff / Director of Policy
  • Edward M. Fogarty, Esq. – Chief Legal Counsel
  • Stephen S. Iannazzi – Special Assistant to the Majority Leader
  • Patricia McNeilly – Chief of Staff to the Minority Leader
  • Joseph R. Brady – Secretary of the Senate
  • John M. Roney – Parliamentarian of the Senate
  • Eugene I. Gessow – Senate Fiscal Advisor
  • Greg Pare – Director of Communications
  • John S. Baxter, Jr. – Director of Constituent Services
  • Edward Catone – Director of Senate Services


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sen. M. Teresa Paiva-Weed (D-13) resigned to take a new job. [1]
  2. ^ Democrat Dawn Euer elected to replace Sen. M. Teresa Paiva-Weed [2]
  3. ^ RI Government Owners Manual

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