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Representative Dennis M. Canario

Deputy Majority Leader

Member, House Health, Education and Welfare Committee

Member, House Judiciary Committee



Dennis M. Canario (D) has served the residents of Portsmouth, Little Compton and Tiverton in District 71 since his election in November 2012. He was named a Deputy Majority Leader in April 2014.

 Born on Aug. 18, 1960, he is a 1978 graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Barrington.  He received an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Roger Williams University in 1988.

 Representative Canario previously served six years on the Portsmouth Town Council, from 2004 to 2010, and held the position of Council President for two years. He is a retired Portsmouth police officer.

 A founder of the Portsmouth Police Cadet Explorer Program, he also was the Portsmouth Senior Citizens Advocate from 1997 to 2001.  He is a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Rooney Council.

 He resides in Portsmouth with his wife, Amy. He is the father of three children: Dennis, Olivia and Jonathan.



64 Birchwood Drive

Portsmouth, RI  02871

(401) 683-4926