Robert Craven

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Robert E. Craven
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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 67)
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenRobert, Joseph
Residence(s)Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Alma materUniversity of Rhode Island
New England School of Law
La Salle Academy

Robert E. Craven, Sr.[2] (born November 19, 1955) is an American politician and a Democrat in 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 a member of the House Judiciary Committee.[5] Craven also serves on the R.I. Governor's Justice Reinvestment Working Group.[6][7]


Chairman Craven graduated from La Salle Academy in Providence in 1974. He 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 while his opponent, Sharon L. Gamba, received 2867 (47.8%) votes.
  • 2012 - Craven was unopposed in the September 11, 2012 Democratic Primary, winning with 326 votes.[8] On November 6, 2012 he won the General election with 4,067 votes (54%) against District 32 incumbent Republican Representative Laurence Ehrhardt's 3,440 (45.7%).[9]


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 Rhode Island's estate tax, resulting in reduced/lowered taxes [12]
  • Expanded 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 Rhode Island to continue receiving federal funding [24]
  • Permitted 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]
  • Prohibited electronic tracking of automobiles [31]
  • Allowed police officers in a close pursuit to conduct a vehicle stop in a neighboring municipality [32]
  • Required sex traffickers to register as sex offenders [33][34]
  • Improved safety measures in "School Zones" [35]


Robert E. Craven was admitted to the Rhode Island Bar in 1983, and since then has held various positions in the legal field. He was the Town Solicitor in Foster, RI from 1998 to 2004, and he holds the same position in Charlestown, RI (2007–Present). Apart from being a Solicitor, from 1983 to 1992, he was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island and the Chief of the Public Corruptions Unit. Furthermore, he has also been involved in public service, serving as a member of the Town Council of North Kingstown, RI from 1994-1996. He has also served as the President and a member of the Board of Directors from 1993-1996 at the Center for Non-Violence in Providence, Rhode Island.

He has also taught courses in the business and law department as an adjunct instructor for the Community College of Rhode Island from 1983-2002. Presently, he 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. ^ "Justice Reinvestment- Rhode Island -Office of the Governor". Archived from the original on 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  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". The Boston Globe.
  12. ^ "Craven lauds hike in estate tax threshold".
  13. ^ "RIGOV".
  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. ^[bare URL PDF]
  25. ^ "Bill OKd to let local law enforcement share litter fines".
  26. ^[bare URL PDF]
  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. ^[bare URL PDF]
  32. ^[bare URL PDF]
  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".
  35. ^[bare URL PDF]
  36. ^ "Robert E. Craven & Associates". North Kingstown, Rhode Island: Robert E. Craven & Associates. Retrieved May 2, 2014.

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