Located in the New England region of the United States, Rhode Island is officially known as the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.” Bordered by Massachusetts, Connecticut and the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States. Nicknamed “the Ocean State,” Rhode Island became the thirteenth U.S. state when it was admitted to the Union in 1790. Rhode Island was the first of the original thirteen colonies to announce independence from British rule and the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Currently, there are two Democratic members of the U.S. Senate, two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 38 members of the Rhode Island State Senate and 75 members of the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
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