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Representative Charlene Lima

Deputy Speaker

Member, House Corporations Committee

Member, Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee

Member, House Municipal Government and Housing Committee

Member, House Oversight Committee

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 Corporations Committee, the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee, the House Municipal Government and Housing Committee and the House Oversight Committee.

In 2020, she sponsored legislation which would provide that any person 18 years of age who is issued a license may carry a stun gun. It also adds "tasers" to the definition of "firearm" and provides for an appeal process for denial of an application for a permit. She also sponsored a bill that creates a custody procedure for pets in divorce and separation proceedings based on the best interests of the animal and would not apply to assistance/service animals.

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.

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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