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Rhode Island Senate

NameRhode Island State Senate
LegislatureRhode Island General Assembly
Coa PicSeal of Rhode Island.svg
Session RoomRI-Senate-chamber.jpg
House TypeUpper House
Term LimitsNone
New SessionJanuary 4, 2011
Leader1 TypePresident of the Senate
Leader1M. Teresa Paiva-Weed
Election1January 6, 2009
Leader2 TypePresident pro Tempore
Leader2Juan M. Pichardo
Election2January 4, 2011
Leader3 TypeMajority Leader
Leader3Dominick Ruggerio
Election3January 6, 2009
Leader4 TypeMinority Leader
Leader4Dennis L. Algiere
Election4January 7, 1997
Term Length2 years
AuthorityArticle VI, Rhode Island Constitution
Political Groups1Democratic Party (29)
Republican Party (8)
Independent (1)
Last Election1November 2, 2010
(38 seats)
Next Election1November 6, 2012
(38 seats)
Meeting PlaceState Senate Chamber
Rhode Island State Capitol
Providence, Rhode Island

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The Rhode Island Senate is the upper house of the Rhode Island General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Rhode Island. It is composed of 38 Senators, each of whom is elected to a two-year term. Rhode Island is one of the 14 states where its upper house serves at a two-year cycle, rather than the normal four-year term as in the majority of states. There is no limit to the number of terms that a Senator may serve. The Rhode Island Senate meet at the Rhode Island State Capitol in Providence.

Like other upper houses of state and territorial legislatures and the federal U.S. Senate, the Senate can confirm or reject gubernatorial appointments to executive departments, commissions, boards, or justices to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

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