Governor of Rhode Island
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
The 74th and current governor is Lincoln Chafee, an Independent elected in 2010.
His wife, Stephanie Chafee, is the First Lady of Rhode Island.
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
Rhode Island elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Rhode Island, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Tuesday in the January following an election. Thus, January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2015 are inaugural days.
Oath of Office
"You being by the free vote of the electors of this state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, elected unto the place of do solemnly swear (or, affirm) to be true and faithful unto this state, and to support the Constitution of this state and of the United States; that you will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties of your aforesaid office to the best of your abilities, according to law: So help you God. Or: This affirmation you make and give upon the peril of the penalty of perjury.!"
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.
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:
Office of the Governor
State House, Room 115
Providence, RI 02903
- Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
- Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
- Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts
- Rhode Island Attorney General
- Rhode Island Secretary of State
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