Representative Robert E. Craven Sr.
Chair, House Judiciary Committee
Member, House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee
Robert E. Craven (D) has served the residents of North Kingstown in District 32 since first being elected in November 2012. He is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and is a member of the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee.
In 2020, he sponsored legislation that prohibits delivery services from using merchant's likeness, trademark or intellectual property on its website or delivery vehicles without written merchant consent. He also sponsored a bill that makes failure to pay employees’ wages amounting to $1,500 or more a felony punishable by fines or imprisonment or both. Bills that place the jurisdiction of minors in the Family Court when it comes to matters involving protective orders of domestic assault and that eliminates the marital sexual assault exception when a victim is incapacitated, disabled or helpless, were also sponsored by him.
Representative Craven sponsored several pieces of legislation that became law during the 2018 legislative session. His bill that criminalizes revenge porn and sextortion was signed into law, as well as a bill he sponsored that bans the sale and possession of bump stocks, a device that transforms a semi-automatic firearm into a fully-automatic weapon. Representative Craven also sponsored successful legislation that amended the state’s law on speed cameras in school zones by providing proper notice and fairer violation fines for motorists.
He also sponsored successful legislation in 2017 that prohibits employers from making deductions from an employee’s wages without written authorization. Representative Craven successfully added the definition of “sexual exploitation” to the domestic abuse prevention law to include acts by any person who willfully encourages, aids or coerces any child under the age of 18 to engage in commercial sex acts.
Born on November 19, 1955, Chairman Craven is a graduate of La Salle Academy in Providence in 1974 and the University of Rhode Island in 1978. He earned his law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1983.
In addition to his duties as a legislator, Chairman Craven is an attorney at Robert E. Craven & Associates in North Kingstown. He is an assistant solicitor and probate judge in Charlestown and an assistant solicitor in East Providence.
His past public service includes his time as solicitor for the town of Foster, 1998 to 2004; legal counsel to the Rhode Island Board of Elections, 1995 to 2001; and as an assistant attorney general, 1983 to 1992, which included serving as chief of the Rhode Island Public Corruption Unit.
He also served as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Rhode Island from 1983 to 2002.
Chairman Craven resides in Saunderstown with his wife, Susan, and they are the parents of two sons, Robert and Joseph.
25 Highland Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874