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D - District 55
North Providence
(401) 353-8695
234 Lexington Avenue
North Providence, RI 02904

Representative Arthur J. Corvese

Deputy Majority Leader

Chair, House Labor Committee

Second Vice Chair, House State Government and Elections Committee

Member, Hous​e Judiciary Committee

Member, House Rules Committee


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 Labor 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 Rules Committee.

During his tenure, Representative Corvese has sponsored bills to create laws that help address the opioid crisis by stiffening the penalties for fentanyl possession, to prevent misuse of the food assistance program (SNAP), and to enable police to seize pimps’ proceeds from prostitution as well as 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 and 2023, he sponsored laws enacted as part of the legislative package backed by House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi to help address Rhode Island’s housing crisis; the first created an online database to help Rhode Islanders find available affordable housing, and the other updated public notice laws for land development.

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​.