Representative Robert E. Craven Sr.
Chairman, House Committee on Labor
Member, House Committee on Judiciary
Robert E. Craven Sr. (D) has served the residents of North Kingstown in District 32 since first being elected in November 2012. He is the chairman of the House Committee on Labor and serves as a member of the Judiciary Committee.
Representative Craven had a successful 2016 legislative session in the House of Representatives. The Fiscal Year 2017 Budget included his legislation to exempt the first $15,000 of all public and private pensions from the state’s income tax. “The Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act,” which Representative Craven authored, became law. Now any person who administers a drug to prevent an overdose will be exempt from liability and immune from probation and/or parole violations. He also sponsored legislation that became law which adds sex trafficking as a registerable offense for the state’s sex offender notification list.
In 2015, Chairman Craven also saw his tax relief provision incorporated into the state’s budget which eliminated the state income tax on Social Security. That same year, he authored a new law that requires public officials, as well as candidates for office, to maintain separate and exclusive campaign accounts. The Governor also signed Chairman Craven’s legislation to adopt the "Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act." He was also chosen to serve on the Governor’s working group to review and improve the state’s criminal justice system.
In 2014, Chairman Craven’s legislation to raise the exemption on the estate tax was incorporated into the state budget. His bill brought Rhode Island in line with other states by raising the estate tax credit from $921,655 to $1.5 million and eliminating the cliff provision so families only pay taxes on the amount above that threshold.
Also in 2014, Chairman Craven sponsored a bill that secured a $6 million federal grant for repair work of the piers at Quonset Point. He was also the sponsor of new laws that allow local law enforcement agencies to share litter fines, and another that increases the penalty for the so-called ‘knockout’ assault. Rep. Craven was a co-sponsor of landmark legislation in 2014 that eliminated the single-party “master lever” voting.
In 2013, Chairman Craven introduced legislation that banned the sale and ownership of firearms with altered serial numbers, which was signed into law.
Born on November 19, 1955, Chairman Craven is a graduate of La Salle Academy in Providence in 1974 and the University of Rhode Island in 1978. He earned his law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1983.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Chairman Craven is an attorney at Robert E. Craven & Associates in North Kingstown. He is an assistant solicitor and probate judge in Charlestown and an assistant solicitor in East Providence.
His past public service includes his time as solicitor for the town of Foster, 1998 to 2004; legal counsel to the Rhode Island Board of Elections, 1995 to 2001; and as an assistant attorney general, 1983 to 1992, which included serving as chief of the Rhode Island Public Corruption Unit.
He also served as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Rhode Island from 1983 to 2002.
Chairman Craven resides in Saunderstown with his wife, Susan, and they are the parents of two sons, Robert and Joseph.
25 Highland Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874