Rhode Island Ethics Commission

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"The Independent Man" statue stands atop the Rhode Island State House

The Ethics Commission is comprised of nine Rhode Islanders, all of whom serve as volunteers without compensation. Four Commissioners are appointed directly by the Governor; five are appointed by the Governor from lists of nominees submitted by the House Speaker, House Majority Leader, House Minority Leader, Senate President and Senate Minority Leader. Commission members serve five-year terms, but may continue to serve until a successor is appointed.

In order to preserve the Ethics Commission's independence and nonpartisanship, Commission members are prohibited from holding or campaigning for public office, holding office in any political party or on any political committee, or participating in or contributing to any Rhode Island political campaign. Commissioners may neither directly nor indirectly attempt to influence any decision by a Rhode Island governmental body, other than matters relating to the Ethics Commission or the Code of Ethics.

The current members of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission are:

Marisa A. Quinn, Chairperson. Appointed directly by the Governor in 2015.

Arianne Corrente, Vice Chairperson. Appointed by the Governor in 2017 from a list of nominees provided by the Senate President.

Kyle P. Palumbo, Secretary. Appointed by the Governor in 2019 from a list of nominees provided by the House Majority Leader.

Lauren E. Jones. Appointed directly by the Governor in 2021.

Matthew D. Strauss. Appointed by the Governor in 2021 from a list of nominees provided by the Senate Minority Leader.

Holly J. Susi. Appointed by the Governor in 2021 from a list of nominees provided by the Speaker of the House.

Vacant. Awaiting a direct appointment by the Governor.

Vacant. Awaiting a direct appointment by the Governor.

Vacant. Awaiting an appointment by the Governor from a list of nominees provided by the House Minority Leader.