Governor of Rhode Island

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The Governor of the State of Rhode Island is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Rhode Island. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms.

Current officer

The 74th and current governor is [[[Lincoln Chafee]], an Independent elected in 2010.

His wife, Stephanie Chafee, is the First Lady of Rhode Island.


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IX, the Executive Department.

Under Article IX, Section I:

The chief executive power of this state shall be vested in a governor...


Under Article III, Of Qualification for Office, governors must be:

  • a qualified elector of Rhode island
  • not serving a sentence for, on probation for, or on parole for any felony
  • not bound by any other oath of Office, including holding any other state office or holding a federal office



If the office of the Governor becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, impeachment or inability to serve, the Lieutenant Governor will fill the office until a Governor is qualified to act or until the office is filled at the next election.


Rhode Island

The Governor is responsible for maintaining that laws are executed according to state law and the state constitution. The governor has the power to grant reprieves, after conviction, in all cases, except those of impeachment, until the end of the next session of the general assembly.

Additionally, the governor is the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; has the responsibility to submit the state budget to general assembly annually; and can call for special sessions with the general assembly.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:


Contact information

Office of the Governor
State House, Room 115
Providence, RI 02903

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