Senator Dominick J. Ruggerio
President of the Senate
Ex-Officio Member of All Senate Committees
Dominick J. Ruggerio is the President of the Rhode Island Senate. He was elected to the post unanimously on March 23, 2017. A member of the Senate since 1985, he previously served as Majority Leader since November 10, 2010.
As President, Senator Ruggerio serves as an ex officio member of all standing Senate committees.
Senator Ruggerio served as Majority Whip from 2003 through 2010. He has previously served as a member and as Vice Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor and transportation, and as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Rules Committee, the Senate Labor Committee, and the Joint Committee on Accounts and Claims. He also previously served as Deputy Majority Leader.
Senator Ruggerio is the “Dean,” or most senior member, of the Senate.
Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Senator Ruggerio was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1981 through 1984, and was a member of the House Labor Committee and House Corporations Committee.
He served as a Policy Aide for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor from 1977 through 1981.
A 1966 graduate of La Salle Academy, Senator Ruggerio attended Bryant College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from Providence College. He is employed as an Administrator by the New England Laborers Labor Management Coop Trust. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Wanskuck Library and as a member of the Sons of Italy, Loggia Vittoria and the DaVinci Center Development Committee.
Among the awards and honors Senator Ruggerio has received for his public service is The Humane Society of the United States’ Humane Legislator Award, in recognition of his efforts to prohibit double-decker horse trailers.
He has co-sponsored the Senate’s initiatives to make it easy to do business in Rhode Island by reforming the income tax code, cutting red tape, improving access to capital and building the skills of the workforce, and remains focused on economic development and job growth. He co-sponsored the legislation to reform the state income tax by reducing the top marginal rate from 9.9 percent to 5.99 percent, making the state more competitive and resulting in a tax cut for the vast majority of Rhode Islanders, particularly middle-income taxpayers.
Senator Ruggerio has championed job creation and retention through his work as a member of the Joint Commission on Ports and by working to strategically develop the land being made available in downtown Providence from the relocation of Route 195.
Other initiatives Senator Ruggerio has sponsored to help make Rhode Island more competitive include the law, enacted in 2007, allowing automobile dealerships to open on Sundays.
Senator Ruggerio co-sponsored and strongly supported the law, enacted in 2010, establishing a fair and predictable formula for state aid to education.
Senator Ruggerio has been an advocate for Catholic and parochial schools in Rhode Island, supporting issues such as a tax credit program enabling businesses to establish scholarships for students at these schools and a text book sharing program.
He has also championed legislation to preserve the environment, including new laws to institute a recycling program for mercury used in automobiles and improve collection and disposal rules for mercury thermostats.
Majority Leader Ruggerio resides in North Providence and represents District 4, which includes portions of North Providence and Providence. He is the father of two children, Charles and Amanda.
He can be reached at (401) 222-6655.