U.S. Senator (RI-Jr.)

Employer / Organization

Rhode Island United States Senate

Next Election

Nov 05, 2024

Filing Window

Jun 25, 2024 - Jun 27, 2024


Each of the 50 United States is represented by two United States Senators, and the 100 senators serve in the United States Senate, which along with the United States Congress comprise the entire federal legislative branch of U.S. Government. U.S. Senators are responsible for drafting and voting on federal laws for the United States. The work of preparing and considering legislation is done by standing committees, and in addition there are special committees as well as joint committees (committees with U.S. Representatives and Senators). The U.S. Senate has special duties including the responsibility to confirm major presidential appointments, including Supreme Court Justices. All U.S. treaties with other countries must be approved by a 2/3rds vote in the Senate, and U.S. Senators vote upon impeachment of elected officials, with a 2/3rds vote for impeachment resulting in the removal of office. Congressional bills, after having been passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, must be signed by the president of the United States within 10 days of their submission, or they become law automatically, unless Congress is not in session. If vetoed by the president, a bill may become law only by its repassage by a two-thirds majority in each house. The Constitution requires a regular annual meeting of Congress, which begins on Jan. 3 each year. The proceedings of Congress are recorded in the Congressional Record, and U.S. Senators have offices in Washington D.C. and often in several locations in their home states to address concerns of the citizens they represent. The yearly salary for a United States Senator is $174,000.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Make sure you are registered to vote. Obtain the candidate filing forms. 2) Complete the candidate filing forms including a declaration of candidacy and campaign finance forms. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures to the Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division. The filing period during which a candidate must file their declaration of candidacy occurs during the last consecutive Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in June. Federal position candidates file with the state and state position candidates file with their local board of canvassers. After declaring candidacy, a candidate must also submit nomination papers. Upon declaring candidacy with the appropriate filing officer, the filing officer will inform the candidate about the nomination paper timeline and the required amount of signatures needed for the office they are running for. Before submission to the Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division, the signatures must first be authenticated by the local board of canvassers in which the signatures were gathered. The Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The Rhode Island Department of State Elections Division can be reached at (401) 222-2340 and the Rhode Island How to Run for Office Guide can be found here: http://sos.ri.gov/assets/downloads/documents/RI-Run-for-Office-2016.pdf

Submit application to:
Rhode Island Secretary of State, 82 Smith St #217, Providence, RI, 02903, US