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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.

During the 2019 legislative session, Deputy Speaker Lima sponsored legislation, which became law, which provides special protection to public safety canines and horses that are intentionally or maliciously subjected to cruelty, injuries, or death, by increasing the potential criminal and civil penalties for the offenders.  She also sponsored a new law that requires that retirement contributions be deposited or remitted to the retirement system within three days.
Deputy Speaker Lima was honored by The Humane Society of the United States with the group’s Humane State Legislator Award due to her ground-breaking advances and advocacy for animal welfare in Rhode Island.
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.
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.

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

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