State Senator (RI-37)

Employer / Organization

Rhode Island State Senate District 37

Next Election

Nov 03, 2020

Filing Window

Jun 25, 2020 - Jun 27, 2020


A Rhode Island State Senator serves in the upper house of the bicameral Rhode Island State Legislature. Rhode Island has 38 senators, who each represent one district within the state. Each senator represents about 27,699 constituents from their respective districts. Primary responsibilities of a senator include, developing budget packages, making taxation decisions, passing legislation, allocating spending, and redistricting in collaboration with other senators and the house of representatives. Additionally, the senate has the exclusive authority to try officials impeached by the house in addition to authorizing certain executive appointments. Leadership in the senate is guided by the Senate President, who, after being chosen by the majority party caucus, and elected by the entire senate body, is charged with assigning each senator to various committees and leadership positions. A Rhode Island senator serves a two-year term, with no limit on the number of terms served. The salary of the position is $15,171 per year (no per diem paid).

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Make sure you are registered to vote. Obtain the candidate filing forms. 2) Complete the candidate filing forms including a declaration of candidacy and campaign finance forms. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures to the Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division. The filing period during which a candidate must file their declaration of candidacy occurs during the last consecutive Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in June. Federal position candidates file with the state and state position candidates file with their local board of canvassers. After declaring candidacy, a candidate must also submit nomination papers. Upon declaring candidacy with the appropriate filing officer, the filing officer will inform the candidate about the nomination paper timeline and the required amount of signatures needed for the office they are running for. Before submission to the Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division, the signatures must first be authenticated by the local board of canvassers in which the signatures were gathered. The Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division can be reached at (401) 222-2340 and the Rhode Island How to Run for Office Guide can be found here:

Submit application to:
Rhode Island Secretary of State, 82 Smith St #217, Providence, RI, 02903, US