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Rhode Island onAir

The Rhode Island onAir Hub supports Rhode Islanders to become more informed about and engaged in local, state, and federal politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow citizens.

  • Rhode Island onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to help reinvigorate US democracy.  This post has short summaries of current state and federal representatives with links to their complete Hub posts.  Students curate post content from government, campaign, social media, and public websites.  Key content on the Rhode Island Hub is also replicated on the US onAir nations Hub at:
  • Rhode Island students will be forming onAir chapters in their colleges and universities to help curate Hub content.  As more students participate and more onAir chapters are started, we will expand to include more state and local content as well as increase the number of aircasts – student-led, livestreamed, online discussions with candidates, representatives, and the public.

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Daniel McKee – RI

Current Position: Governor
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Positions: Lt. Governor from 2015 – 2021; Mayor from 2007 – 2015

He served on the Cumberland town council from 1992 to 1998 and as mayor of Cumberland twice, from 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 until 2014.

McKee was an officer of McKee Brothers, a heating, air conditioning, and home heating oil delivery business his grandfather founded. He also ran a health and fitness business for more than 30 years. McKee was also a basketball coach, coaching groups of boys and girls at all levels, culminating in two State AAU Basketball Champions in 1998 and 2000.

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I’m proud to share that RI is the 1st state to have all colleges and universities require #COVID19 vaccinations for students returning to campus this fall. Thank you to our institutions for taking proactive steps to keep our communities safe. #Vaccinate401@higheredri @RIHEALTH

Q&A with RI Lt. Governor Daniel McKee

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RI General Assembly

The State of Rhode Island General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. A bicameral body, it is composed of the lower Rhode Island House of Representatives with 75 representatives, and the upper Rhode Island Senate with 38 senators. Members are elected in the general election immediately preceding the beginning of the term or in special elections called to fill vacancies. There are no term limits for either chamber. The last General Assembly election took place on November 3, 2020.

The General Assembly meets at the Rhode Island State House on the border of Downtown and Smith Hill in Providence. Smith Hill is sometimes used as a metonym for the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Source: Wikipedia

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Jack Reed – RI

Current Position: US Senator since 1997
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Positions: US Representative from 1991 – 1997; State Senator from 1985 – 1991
Other Positions:   Chair, Committee on Armed Services

Reed graduated from the United States Military Academy and Harvard University, serving in the U.S. Army as an active officer from 1971 to 1979.  Reed earned the Ranger Tab and was a paratrooper.  He returned to West Point in 1978 as an associate professor in the Department of Social Sciences.

He worked as an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Afterward, he returned to Rhode Island and worked for the Providence law firm Edwards and Angell until 1990

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The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. We must protect #votingrights & stop partisan gerrymandering. I support the #ForThePeople Act to protect voting access for all Americans, regardless of party or where they’re from.

Sen. Jack Reed Full Interview: Biden Made ‘The Best Of Many Poor Choices’

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Sheldon Whitehouse – RI

Current Position: US Senator since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position: Attorney General from 1999 – 2003
Other Positions:   Chair, United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control

A political progressive and climate hawk, Whitehouse became chair of the United States Senate Committee on the Budget in 2023. He has given hundreds of Senate floor speeches about climate change and has made his assertion that politically conservative “dark money” groups are conducting a campaign to seize control of the American government, specifically the Supreme Court of the United States, a hallmark of his Senate tenure.

Whitehouse worked as Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun’s executive counsel beginning in 1991, and was later tapped to serve as director of policy.

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Gives the lie to their nominal support for a carbon pollution fee, too. What’s the diff between pricing CO2 emissions and pricing methane leakage? Why one and not the other? Truth is, they want none of it, just to pollute for free.

Sheldon Whitehouse Delivers Third Speech About Dark Money And Its Effect On Controlling Judiciary

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Rhode Island Votes in 2024

Federal & state elections on the ballot: US House members, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures: None

The Rhode Island  State Board of Elections, oversees all Rhode Island elections.

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RI Universities

Every curated onAir state Hub, like this Rhode Island onAir Hub at, will have at least one onAir Chapter overseeing the moderation of their Hub’s content and discussions.

The onAir Chapters will be associated with major public universities in each state and be lead by students and a faculty advisor. Each lead onAir Chapter will also help to establish affiliated onAir Chapters at public and private universities throughout the state.

We are currently having discussions with students and faculty at University of Rhode Island to establish and manage the lead onAir Chapter for Rhode Island onAir. Through its chapters, Rhode Island onAir will support the nationwide effort by colleges and universities across the country to  make democracy and civic responsibility a central aspect of higher learning.

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About Rhode Island

Rhode Island officially the State of Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area and the seventh-least populous (1,098,163 according to the 2020 census), but it is also the second-most densely populated behind New Jersey.

The state takes its name from Rhode Island; however, most of the state is on the mainland. The state has land borders with Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the south via Rhode Island Sound and Block Island Sound. It also shares a small maritime border with New York. Providence is the state capital and most populous city in Rhode Island.

Government Website    Wikipedia page

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