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D - District 32
North Kingstown
(401) 294-2222
25 Highland Road
Saunderstown, RI 02874

Representative Robert E. Craven Sr.

Chair, House Judiciary Committee

Member, House Innovation, Internet and Technology Commit​tee

Member, House Small Business 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 both the House Innovation, Internet and Technology Committee and the House Small Business Committee.

In 2022, in response to small businesses devastated by the pandemic, Chairman Craven introduced a new law which creates a temporary non-liquidating receivership program for businesses that have had a substantial decline in revenue after an emergency declaration by the government. He also sponsored a bill which would increase the criminal penalties for wage theft and employee misclassification, as well as legislation which would add immunity from liability and provide compensation for certain injuries for employees whose position within school directly involves work with students.

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 prevent third-party delivery services from listing a business or restaurant without that business’ consent and establishing 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.

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, Solicitor for the Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District, Solicitor in New Shoreham, and Assistant Solicitor in Westerly.

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; Assistant Attorney General, 1983 to 1992, which included serving as Chief of the Rhode Island Public Corruption Unit; and Town Councilor in North Kingstown.

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.