On June 24, 2020, the filing deadline passed to run for state legislative offices in Rhode Island. Candidates filed for the following offices:
• Rhode Island House of Representatives (75 seats)
• Rhode Island State Senate (38 seats)
The primary is scheduled for September 8, and the general election is scheduled for November 3.
Rhode Island’s statewide filing deadline was the 48th to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next statewide filing deadline is on July 14 in Delaware.
Entering the 2020 election, the Rhode Island State Senate has 33 Democrats and five Republicans. All 38 seats are up for election. A majority in the chamber requires 20 seats.
Meanwhile, the Rhode Island House of Representatives has 66 Democrats and nine Republicans. All 75 seats are up for election, and a majority requires 38 seats.
Rhode Island has a Democratic state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.