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slides: RI House Power Structure: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

 

The State House shakeup is still in high gear and is not over. The Gordon Fox and Mike Marcello heads are falling, and the loyalists to new Speaker Nick Mattiello are being rewarded in the new leadership structure.

The implications of the changeover to the new leadership group are profound as legislators and committees are being realigned, and agendas re-calibrated.

Legislation that was dead may have new life, and correspondingly – “sure things” may now have tough roads. The transition from Friday to today has shifted Rhode Island’s legislature from left to moderate or even conservative.

As examples, the NRA legislative ranking shifts from a 58 percent score for Fox to a 100 percent ranking for Mattiello. The Judiciary Committee Chair shifts from a score of 0 percent of a 92 percent score under the new chair.

New Assignments

Yesterday, two major committees were reassigned – Judiciary and Finance – two of the most powerful House positions have new leadership.

The biggest surprise was the Speaker Mattiello giving a plum position to one loyal Republican – a move that is unprecedented.

Take a tour of Who is In and Who is Out in the Committee assignments. Two key committees are still unassigned – House Labor and Oversight.

See the new power structure in the slides below

 

Related Slideshow: RI House Power Structure: Who’s In and Who’s Out?

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Corporations Committee Chair

Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy

Democrat

District 38 (Westerly, Hopkinton)

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Environment and Natural Resources Committee Chair 

Rep. Arthur Handy

Democrat

District 18 (Cranston)

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OUT:

Finance Committee Chair

Rep. Helio Melo

Democrat

District 64 (East Providence)

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IN:

Finance Committee Chair

Rep. Raymond E. Gallison, Jr

Democrat

District 69 (Bristol, Portsmouth)

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Finance: Education Subcommittee Chair

Rep. Joy S. Hearn

Democrat

District 66 (Barrington, East Providence)

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Finance: General Government Subcommittee Chair

Rep. Frank G. Ferri

Democrat

District 22 (Warwick)

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Finance: Public Safety Subcommittee Chair

Rep. Raymond E. Gallison, Jr

Democrat

District 69 (Bristol, Portsmouth)

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Finance: Human Services Subcommittee Chair

Rep. Eileen S. Naughton

Democrat

District 21 (Warwick)

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Finance: Environment/Transportation Subcommittee Chair

Rep. Agostinho F. Silva

Democrat

District 56 (Central Falls)

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Health, Education and Welfare Committee Chair

Rep. Joseph M. McNamara

Democrat

District 19 (Warwick, Cranston)

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OUT:

Judiciary Committee Chair

Rep. Edith H. Ajello

Democrat

District 1 (Providence)

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IN:

Judiciary Committee Chair

Rep. Cale P. Keable

Democrat

District 47 (Burrillville, Glocester)

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IN:

Judiciary Committee Vice-Chair

Rep. Doreen Costa

Republican

District 31 (Exeter, North Kingstown)

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PENDING:

Labor Committee Chair

Rep. Anastasia Williams

Democrat

District 9 (Providence)

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Municipal Government Committee Chair

Rep. John J. DeSimone

Democrat

District 5 (Providence)

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PENDING:

Oversight Committee Chair

Rep. Michael J. Marcello

Democrat

District 41 (Cranston, Scituate)

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Rules Committee Chair

Rep. Arthur J. Corvese

Democrat

District 55 (North Providence)

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Small Business Committee Chair

Rep. Patricia A. Serpa

Democrat

District 27 (West Warwick, Warwick, Coventry)

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Veterans' Affairs Committee Chair

Rep. Raymond E. Gallison, Jr.

Democrat

District 69 (Bristol, Portsmouth)

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Joint Committee: Housing Act Oversight Commission 

Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (Co-Chair)

Democrat

District 38 (Westerly, Hopkinton)

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PENDING:

Joint Committee: Legislative Services

Gordon D. Fox (Chair)

Democrat

District 4 (Providence)

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Permanent Joint Committee: Economic Development

Rep. Donna Walsh (Chair)

Democrat

District 36 (Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly)

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Permanent Joint Committee: Healthcare Oversight

Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy (Co-Chair)

Democrat

District 38 (Westerly, Hopkinton)

 
 

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