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.
During the 2021 legislative session, Chairman Craven sponsored a new law to allow criminal charges to be brought when a person is raped by their spouse while the victim is incapacitated. He also sponsored new laws which prevents third-party delivery services from listing a business or restaurant without that business’ consent and establishes a statewide public safety
computer-aided dispatch and records management system to replace the disparate individual systems used by police, fire and EMS agencies around the state.
In 2020, he 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.
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 the Assistant Solicitor in Charlestown, Probate Judge for the Town of Charlestown, and Solicitor for the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District.
His past public service includes his time as Solicitor for the Town of Foster, 1998 to 2004; Assistant Solicitor for the City of East Providence, 2008 to 2019; 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.