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Representative Charlene Lima

Deputy Speaker

Member, House Committee on Corporations

Member, House Committee on Municipal Government

Member, House Committee on Oversight

Charlene M. Lima (D) represents District 14 in Cranston and Providence. First elected in November 1992, Representative Lima serves as the Deputy Speaker and is a member of the House Committee on Corporations, the House Committee on Oversight and the House Committee on Municipal Government.

The 2018 legislative session saw Representative Lima continue her efforts to protect animals in Rhode Island. She sponsored a bill, which became law, that allows the adoption of research animals. She also sponsored legislation that would ban the practice of renting or leasing pets, a practice that is often described as predatory.

During the 2017 legislative session, Representative Lima sponsored successful legislation that would allow for the release of all documents related to 38 Studios. She also sponsored successful legislation which clarified the law prohibiting texting while driving. The change in the law allows for the use of GPS devices while driving.

Representative Lima has a long history of public service. In the past, she has served on the Rhode Island attorney general’s Juvenile Justice Task Force, the Secretary of the State Panel for Election Law Reform, and the District Representative Committee.

A retired educator, Representative Lima taught for the Providence School Department and was also a member of the American Federation of Teachers and the Providence Teacher’s Union. She has also been involved with the Rhode Island Society to Prevent Blindness and the Women’s Auxiliary of the St. Mary’s Feast Society.

Representative Lima was born on Aug. 18, 1953, and is married to Frank Fiorenzano. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1975, following her graduation from Classical High School in Providence in 1971.

State House
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466