Robert Craven

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Robert E. Craven
Robert E. Craven, Esq..jpg
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
from the 32nd[1] district
Assumed office
January 1, 2013
Preceded byLaurence Ehrhardt
Personal details
Born (1955-11-19) November 19, 1955 (age 66)
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenRobert, Joseph
ResidenceSaunderstown, Rhode Island
Alma materUniversity of Rhode Island
New England School of Law

Robert E. Craven, Sr.[2] (born November 19, 1955) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives representing District 32 since January 1, 2013. He serves as Chairman of the House Municipal Government Committee [3][4] and member of the House Judiciary Committee.[5] Craven also serves on the R.I. Governor's Justice Reinvestment Working Group.[6][7]


Craven earned his BA from the University of Rhode Island and his JD from the New England School of Law.


  • 2016 - On November 8, 2016, Rep. Bob Craven was re-elected as RI State Representative of District 32 (North Kingstown). Craven received 4327 (55.5%) votes while his opponent, Mark S. Zaccaria, received 3455 (44.3%) votes.
  • 2014 - On November 4, 2014, Craven was re-elected as Rhode Island State Representative of District 32, representing North Kingstown. Rep. Craven received 3111 (51.9%) votes, and his opponent, Sharon L. Gamba, received 2867 (47.8%) votes.
  • 2012 - To challenge District 32 incumbent Republican Representative Laurence Ehrhardt, Craven was unopposed for the September 11, 2012 Democratic Primary, winning with 326 votes[8] and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 4,067 votes (54%) against Representative Ehrhardt's 3,440 (45.7%).[9]
  • In his legislative capacity, Attorney Craven applies his legal expertise to sponsor new legislation for the State of Rhode Island. In his first term, Rep. Craven has already sponsored bills which prioritize restitution payments to victims, modify estate planning taxes, and impose harsh penalties on the transportation of illegal firearms.


Rep. Robert E. Craven, during his time in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, is responsible for legislation that:

  • Exempted social security income from taxation [10][11]
  • Improved RI's estate tax, resulting in reduced/lowered taxes [12]
  • Expanding legal protections for those who seek medical assistance for individuals experiencing a drug overdose (the "Good Samaritan" bill) [13][14][15][16][17]
  • Eliminated the "master lever" on election ballots [18]
  • Obtained $6 million in federal funds to repair storm-damaged piers at Quonset Business Park [19][20]
  • Increased criminal penalties for DUIs with children in car [21]
  • Prioritized restitution payments to crime victims [22]
  • Barred sales and ownership of guns with altered serial numbers [23]
  • Amended the State False Claim Act, allowing RI to continue receiving federal funding [24]
  • Permits local law enforcement departments share in litter fines [25]
  • Required all children's jewelry to conform higher safety standards [26][27]
  • Reformed the RI campaign finance system, requiring politicians to keep campaign accounts separate from personal accounts [28][29][30]
  • Prohibits electronic tracking of automobiles [31]
  • Allows police officers in a close pursuit to conduct a vehicle stop in a neighboring municipality [32]
  • Requires sex traffickers to register as sex offenders [33][34]
  • Improves safety measures in "School Zones" [35]


Robert E. Craven was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar in 1983. Since then, Attorney Craven has been the Town Solicitor in Foster, RI (1998-2004), is the current Town Solicitor in Charlestown, RI (2007–Present), and Assistant Solicitor for East Providence (2008–Present). Attorney Robert Craven is also the Probate Judge for the Town of Charlestown, RI. Attorney Craven served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island during 1983 – 1992 where he was the lead trial lawyer and served as the Chief of the Public Corruptions Unit during that time. During 1995 – 2001, Attorney Craven served as the Legal Counsel for the Rhode Island State Board of Elections.

From 1994-1996, Attorney Craven served on the Town Council of North Kingstown, RI where he led the fight to develop the Quonset Industrial Park by negotiating a payment in lieu of taxes with the State of Rhode Island to attract business development, jobs and tax revenue to the Town. He also served as President and sat on the Board of Directors from 1993-1996 at the Center for Non-Violence in Providence, Rhode Island.

Attorney Robert E. Craven has also served as an adjunct instructor for the Community College of Rhode Island where he taught courses in the business department and law department each semester between 1983 and 2002.

Presently, Attorney Craven is the sole proprietor of a private-practice law firm in North Kingstown, RI.[36]


  1. ^ "Representative Robert E. Craven, Sr". Providence, Rhode Island: Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "Robert Craven, Sr.'s Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "Rep. Craven to chair House Municipal Government Committee".
  4. ^ "The State of Rhode Island General Assembly".
  5. ^ "The State of Rhode Island General Assembly".
  6. ^
  7. ^ "General Assembly leaders support governor in launching Justice Reinvestment Working Group".
  8. ^ "2012 Statewide Primary, Representative in General Assembly District 32". Providence, Rhode Island: Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "2012 General Election, Representative in General Assembly District 32". Providence, Rhode Island: Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  10. ^ "Rep. Craven to propose tax relief for retirees".
  11. ^ "R.I. Lawmakers push to end tax on retirement income - the Boston Globe".
  12. ^ "Craven lauds hike in estate tax threshold".
  13. ^
  14. ^ "It's personal as R.I. Senate OKs 'Good Samaritan' drug bill".
  15. ^ "Raimondo Signs Good Samaritan Act into Law".
  16. ^ "Senate passes Good Samaritan Act, House takes it up on Tuesday – RI Future".
  17. ^ "General Assembly moves to reinstate legal protections related to overdoses". 27 January 2016.
  18. ^ "Rep. Craven applauds passage of bill to eliminate "master lever"".
  19. ^
  20. ^ "House passes bill resolving conflict in law that endangers federal funding".
  21. ^ "RI State Report: Drunk Driving, School Safety, and Synthetic Drugs".
  22. ^ "Legislation OKd to prioritize restitution payments".
  23. ^ "House OKs bill barring sales, ownership of guns with altered IDs".
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Bill OKd to let local law enforcement share litter fines".
  26. ^
  27. ^ "Children's jewerly safety regulations amended to cover all items sold in RI".
  28. ^ "Bill in R.I. House would prohibit candidates from mixing funds".
  29. ^ "House bills look to tighten loopholes in campaign finance reporting".
  30. ^ "Governor Raimondo signs campaign finance reporting measures".
  31. ^
  32. ^
  33. ^ "Bill requiring sex traffickers to register as sex offenders passes". 8 June 2016.
  34. ^ "Bill to expand sex-trafficking law in R.I. Gets support".
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  36. ^ "Robert E. Craven & Associates". North Kingstown, Rhode Island: Robert E. Craven & Associates. Retrieved May 2, 2014.

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