Representative K. Joseph Shekarchi
Chair, House Labor Committee
Member, House Committee on Judiciary
K. Joseph Shekarchi (D) has served the residents of Warwick in District 23 since his election in November 2012. He is the chairman of the House Labor Committee and serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee.
His most significant legislative accomplishment is a law enacted this year to eliminate the “master lever, or single-party voting,” from Rhode Island elections beginning in 2015. Also the result of legislation he sponsored in the recent session is a new law giving communities and developers options for conforming to municipal ordinances regarding the construction of affordable housing units in a community, and another law that makes individuals guilty of animal abuse responsible for the cost of care of those animals by the RISPCA.
He is a graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy, Class of 1980, before graduating from Suffolk University in 1984. He returned to Suffolk to earn his law degree in 1990.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Representative Shekarchi is an attorney at the Shekarchi Law Office. He has been the legal counsel to the Warwick Housing Authority for 16 years and was a former Warwick solicitor, where he prosecuted crimes and created the Warwick Municipal Court.
He served as the former chairman of the R.I. Auto Dealers Hearing Board and was a former member of both the R.I. Judicial Tenure and Discipline Board, and the Coastal Resource Management Council.
Born on May 17, 1962, Representative Shekarchi is a life-long Warwick resident.
33 College Hill Road
Warwick, Rhode Island 02886