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.
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.
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Craven during the 2014 session, and subsequently included in the state budget, increases the estate tax threshold and eliminates the so-called cliff.
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.
25 Highland Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874