Elaine J. Morgan is a Republican representing District 34 (Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond, West Greenwich) in the Rhode Island Senate. First elected to the Senate in November 2014, Senator Morgan currently serves as Deputy Minority Whip.
Sen. Morgan is currently a member of the Senate Committee on Special Legislation & Veterans' Affairs and the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services. She previously served as a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce and the Senate Committee on Education. She also served as the Senate Minority Whip from June 2019 through January 2021.
Sen. Morgan previously served three terms as Hopkinton's first female elected Town Sergeant.
During her time in the General Assembly, Sen. Morgan has acted to address the issue of human trafficking. She was the Senate sponsor of a 2015 law increasing penalties for engaging in sex trafficking of minors. She has cosponsored legislation to put a line-item veto before voters as a constitutional amendment, as well as a bill that would require businesses in Rhode Island with three or more employees to participate in the federal E-Verify program.
Sen. Morgan created a licensing program and set minimum standards for pump installers and commercial and residential water filtration/treatment system contractors. She has introduced legislation to eliminate all state income tax on social security income and includes protecting and strengthening the rights of parents and students in her legislative priorities.
In 2015, Sen. Morgan was appointed to the Rhode Island Commission on Women & Girls. She was named a “Friend of Small Business" for the 2015-16 legislative session by the NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business). She has been awarded as the top-rated Senator for protecting and preserving individual and constitutional freedom and liberties by CPAC and The RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity from 2014 - 2022.
Sen. Morgan was the 2019 winner of the Middendorf Pillar of Freedom Award and received a Conservative Achievement Award in 2020 from The American Conservative Union Foundation.
A lifelong Rhode Islander, Sen. Morgan is an entrepreneur and small business owner of Ashaway Dry Cleaning. She is a member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Ashaway and a former foster parent.
She and her late husband, Edward, have two children and two grandchildren.