Senate Minority Leader Dennis L. Algiere is a Republican representing District 38 (Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown) in the Rhode Island Senate.
He began his political career in 1990, when he was elected to the Westerly Town Council. He was elected to the Senate in November 1992 and appointed Senate Deputy Minority Leader in 1995. In 1997, the Republican caucus elected him Minority Leader. In that capacity, he is an ex-officio member of all Senate committees.
In the legislature, Sen. Algiere has been an advocate for government reform, including the granting of line-item veto power to the governor and the establishment of an Inspector General to identify waste and fraud. He has proposed the creation of a restricted account for 911 funding collected through service providers. On behalf of the Attorney General, he has sponsored legislation to crack down on “patent trolls." During the pandemic, he also introduced legislation seeking to exempt the first $10,200 of unemployment benefits for out-of-work Rhode Islanders from state taxes.
Sen. Algiere was the Senate sponsor of the Julia Lynn Cardinal Act, signed into law in 2020, which requires gun sellers to forward firearm applications to police in the city or town where the buyer resides.
Sen. Algiere was born on July 30, 1960. He is a Westerly native who graduated from Westerly High School in 1978. He earned a B.A. from Providence College in 1982, a M.S. degree from Northeastern University and J.D. from the University of Massachusetts School of Law. He works as executive vice-president for The Washington Trust Company.
He is heavily involved in his community and serves on a number of boards and committees, including the board of directors of Salve Regina University. He served as chairman of the Westerly Library and Wilcox Park capital campaign and building committee. He also served as chairman of the Westerly Police Department building committee, and served on the board of The Westerly Hospital, on the President's Advisory Council on the Arts at the John F. Kennedy Center and on the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.