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11/29/2022 Media Advisory: House plans orientation for new members Dec. 6
STATE HOUSE — The 12 newly elected members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives — an incoming class that includes 10 Democrats, one Republican and one independent— have been invited to participate in an orientation session on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

It will include welcome remarks at 11:30 a.m. from House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D-Dist. 23, Warwick), House Majority Leader Christopher R. Blazejewski (D-Dist. 2, Providence) and House Minority Leader Michael W. Chippendale (R-Dist. 40, Foster, Glocester, Coventry).

The orientation program will include introductions of the directors of various legislative offices and a budget process presentation by the House fiscal advisor. Sessions will focus on the legislative process, legislative duties and communications. The representatives-elect will also have an opportunity for training on the legislative website and computer system. 

Expected to attend the day’s events are the following newly-elected House members, who will be sworn into office on the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session, Tuesday, January 3:
  • Anthony J. DeSimone (D-Dist. 5, Providence)
  • Enrique G. Sanchez (D-Dist. 9, Providence)
  • Tina L. Spears (D-Dist. 36, Charlestown, South Kingstown, New Shoreham, Westerly)
  • Megan L. Cotter (D-39, Exeter, Hopkinton, Westerly)
  • Jon D. Brien (I-Dist. 49, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), who also served in the House from 2007 to 2012
  • Brian J. Rea (R-Dist. 53, Glocester, Smithfield)
  • Brandon T. Voas (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls)
  • Cherie L. Cruz (D-Dist. 58, Pawtucket)
  • Jennifer A. Stewart  (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket)
  • Matthew S. Dawson (D-Dist. 65, East Providence)
  • Jennifer Smith Boylan (D-Dist. 66, Barrington, East Providence)
  • Alex S. Finkelman (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown)
The media is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact:
Larry Berman, Communications Director for the Office of the Speaker
State House Room 322
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2466