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Representative Robert E. Craven Sr.

Chairman, House Municipal Government Committee

Member, House Committee on Judiciary


Robert E. Craven Sr. (D) has served the residents of North Kingstown in District 32 since his election in November 2012. He is the chairman of the House Municipal Government Committee and serves as a member of the Judiciary Committee.

His legislation, calling for the elimination of the state income tax on Social Security, was adopted into the state budget in 2015. Beginning in 2016, Social Security benefits are no longer taxed by the state for most recipients to be consistent with the practices in most other states.

In 2014, Rep. Craven’s legislation to raise the exemption on the estate tax was adopted as part of the state budget. In order to be competitive with other states and to keep Rhode Islanders from leaving, Rep. Craven’s successful bill raised the estate tax credit from $921,655 to $1.5 million and eliminated the cliff provision so families only pay taxes on the amount above that threshold.

In 2015, he authored the successful law which now requires candidates for public office and office-holders to maintain separate campaign accounts exclusively for campaign funds. Also sponsored by Rep. Craven and signed into law by the Governor was legislation that adopts the "Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act." His bill passed the House to broaden the immunity for those who report drug overdoses under the Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act.

In 2015, Rep. Craven was chosen to serve on the Governor’s working group that is examining the state’s criminal justice system in order to improve public safety and reduce costs.

Also in 2014, he sponsored a bill enacted into law that saved a $6 million federal grant for repair work of 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. In 2013, his bill banning the sale and ownership of firearms with altered serial numbers was signed into law.

Rep. Craven was a co-sponsor of landmark legislation in 2014 that eliminated the single-party “master lever” voting.

Born on Nov. 19, 1955, he 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, Rep. 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.

Rep. Craven resides in Saunderstown with his wife, Susan, and they are the parents of two sons, Robert and Joseph.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
25 Highland Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874
(401) 294-2222