Arthur J. Corvese is a Democrat who has represented
District 55 in North Providence since first being elected in November 1998.
Representative Corvese is a Deputy Majority Leader and chairs the House Rules
Committee. He is the second vice chair of the House State Government and
Elections Committee and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the
House Labor Committee.
During his tenure as state representative,
Representative Corvese has sponsored bills to create laws that help
address the opioid crisis by stiffening the
penalties for fentanyl possession, prevent misuse of
the food assistance program (SNAP), and enable police to seize pimps’ proceeds from
prostitution and proceeds from conspiracy to violate controlled substances
laws. He has been a voice for responsible stewardship of taxpayers’ dollars
throughout his time in the House. In 2022, the General Assembly passed
legislation he sponsored to create an
online database to help Rhode Islanders find available
Representative Corvese served on the North
Providence School Committee from 1987 to 1998. He is a member of the North
Providence Democratic Town Committee and is the secretary of the Rhode Island
Democratic State Committee.
An optometrist, he is a member of both the
American Optometric Association and the Rhode Island Optometric Association.
A graduate of North Providence High School,
Representative Corvese earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from
Providence College in 1977 and he received his doctor of optometry degree from
the New England College of Optometry in 1981.
Representative Corvese was born on
January 14, 1956. He lives in North Providence with his wife, Terry. They
have two children and two grandchildren.