K. Joseph Shekarchi

Speaker of the House of Representatives

  • Date of Birth: 05/17/1962
Contact Information
General Background
  • High School: Mount Saint Charles Academy
  • College: Suffolk University
  • Graduate School: Suffolk University Law School
Major Responsibilities
  • Takes the rostrum each day and calls the House of Representatives to order. Decides on all questions of order subject to appeal in the House. Propounds all questions in the order in which they are moved, rises to put all votes, and declares all votes.
Public Service Information
  • Public Offices and Appointments: Speaker of the House; Elected Representative November 6, 2012
  • Prior Government Offices: Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council; Rhode Island Dealer's Hearing Board; Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline
  • The Speaker oversees the proceedings in the House and ensures that the chamber is run according to the rules adopted by the members.
Additional Information
  • The Speaker, as an elected representative, may vote on all questions. While generally a member of the majority party, any member may be elected to this position. The Speaker serves as an Ex-Officio member of all standing committees.
Key Staff
Chief of Staff, Raymond D.Simone (401)222-7904 [email protected]
Director of Joint Committee on Legislative Services, Henry S.Kinch Jr. (401)222-3200 [email protected]
Chief Legal Counsel, Nicole McCarty (401)222-2447 [email protected]
Communications Director, Larry Berman (401)222-2466 [email protected]
Executive Assistant, Lynn DiPetrillo (401)222-2447 [email protected]

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