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Constituent Casework

Governor Chafee serves the people of Rhode Island as the chief executive of Rhode Island government, as prescribed in the Rhode Island Constitution. Governor Chafee and his staff may help Rhode Islanders with a number of state issues, such as obtaining unemployment benefits, general state information, health services and educational opportunities.

General information may be obtained by calling, emailing, or writing Governor Chafee's Office of Constituent Services; however, requests for case specific assistance must be received on a casework form due to privacy laws. Please be sure to include a detailed account of the problem and any actions taken, including any pertinent documentation.


The Office of Constituent Services may be reached:

By phone: (401) 222-2080
By fax: (401) 222-8096
By e-mail:governor@governor.ri.gov

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
Office of Constituent Services
State House, Room 115
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903


Federal Issues

Rhode Island’s federal elected officials are best suited to assist or answer questions that pertain to the United States federal government. Governor Chafee does not have jurisdiction over federal agencies or policies, such as Social Security or immigration.

You may contact President Obama by visiting his website at: www.whitehouse.gov

You may also contact your U.S. Senators and Representative through their websites at:

Local Issues

Your elected representatives of local government are best able to assist you with issues and/or concerns relating to local government. Governor Chafee does not have jurisdiction over local issues.

For issues pertaining to municipal government, you should contact your Mayor and/or City Council members as applicable. To obtain contact information for your local elected officials, visit: https://sos.ri.gov/vic/

For issues pertaining to school districts, you should contact your elected school board or committee. The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website can assist you in obtaining your school board or committee's contact information at: http://www.ride.ri.gov/RIDE/SchoolDirectory/Default.aspx


Judicial Issues

If you seek legal help and cannot afford an attorney, the American Bar Association (ABA) and Rhode Island Legal Services offer resources that may connect you to free legal assistance. You may request information about free legal services from the ABA by calling (800) 285-2221 or by accessing its online resources at www.findlegalhelp.org. Rhode Island Legal Services may be accessed online at: http://www.rils.org/ or by phone at (800) 662-5034.

For consumer complaints, please contact the Office of Attorney General at: http://www.riag.state.ri.us/

If you have a complaint against the legal practices of an attorney in the State of Rhode Island, please contact the Rhode Island State Bar by visiting their website at: https://ribar.com/

If you have a concern about the performance of a judge, please contact the Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline. You can find contact information and information on filing a complaint on their website.

The Governor's office cannot provide legal assistance or advice, nor can the Governor intervene in court cases due to separation of powers between the Executive and Judicial branches, as outlined in the Rhode Island Constitution.


How Do I Invite The Governor To An Event?

You may invite Governor Chafee to an event by submitting a formal request in writing, with at least 30 days advance notice, to the Governor's scheduling office at:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
Office of Constituent Services
State House, Room 115
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903

or by e-mail: governor@governor.ri.gov

Please be sure to include the date, time and location of the event. Also include information pertaining to the nature of the event and the requested role of the Governor at the event.


How Do I Request A Proclamation?

Proclamations are issued by Governor Chafee as a courtesy to celebrate certain noteworthy events and to raise awareness of significant issues. Rhode Island organizations are given priority due to the high volume of requests and the cost of producing proclamations.

Each request is reviewed individually. The Governor's Office reserves the right to decline requests or to edit wording at its discretion. Please note that proclamations are strictly honorary, and are not legally binding documents.

Read the Governor's current proclamations.


Proclamations:

  • should be received at least 45 days before the delivery/pick-up date
  • can designate a particular day, week, or month to raise awareness or celebrate an event of statewide importance
  • must include draft wording for the proclamation and specific dates
  • will not be issued for individual citizens. If you wish to request official recognition for an individual accomplishment, or for milestone events such as birthdays or anniversaries, you may request a Governor's Citation
  • are not automatically renewed on an annual basis. A new request must be sent in each year

Information to include in a proclamation request:

  • Name of requestor (if requestor is representing an organization, please include title)
  • Requestor's address
  • Address where proclamation should be sent (if different from requestor address)
  • Phone number and email address
  • Date(s) that will be recognized
  • Date when the proclamation is needed
  • Proposed wording for the proclamation, with four to six statements beginning with the word “whereas”
  • Background information about your organization, and information about any events at which the proclamation would be presented or displayed
  • If you would prefer to pick up the proclamation at the Governor's Office, please provide that information and say when you would like it ready for pickup

How to request a proclamation:

By e-mail: governor@governor.ri.gov
By fax: (401) 222-8096

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
Office of Constituent Services
State House, Room 115
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903

If you have any questions, please contact the Governor's Office of Constituent Services at (401) 222-2080.


How Do I Request A Citation?

Citations are issued by Governor Chafee to recognize the accomplishments or milestone events of Rhode Island residents and organizations. Citations can celebrate occasions such as significant birthdays, anniversaries, or retirements. They can also honor an individual or organization for a special achievement. Due to the high volume of requests and the cost of production, citations will only be issued for Rhode Island residents and those who are living out of state because of military services.

Each request is reviewed individually. The Governor's Office reserves the right to decline requests at its discretion.


Who can request a citation:

Rhode Island residents and organizations. Also, Rhode Islanders who are members of the armed services and stationed out-of-state.


Citation Guidelines:

Requests should be received at least 30 days before the delivery/pick-up date. Requests must explain the accomplishment, milestone, or reason for recognition.


Citations can be requested for:

  • Milestone birthdays (any decade for age 40 and up, i.e. 40th, 50th, 60th, etc., and for any five-year increment after age 60, i.e. 65th, 75th, 85th, etc.)
  • Milestone wedding anniversaries (25th, 40th, 50th, 60th, etc.)
  • Retirements
  • Military retirements or to recognize military honors
  • Eagle Scout or Girl Scout honors
  • Significant achievements

Information to include in a citation request:

  • Name of requestor. If requestor is representing an organization, please include title
  • Requestor's address
  • Address where citation should be sent (if different from requestor address)
  • Requestor's phone number and email address
  • Date the citation is needed
  • Name of the honoree
  • The event, milestone, or accomplishment for which the honoree is being congratulated and recognized
  • If the citation will recognize an organization, provide background information about the organization and information about any events at which the citation would be presented or displayed
  • If you would prefer to pick up the citation at the Governor's Office, please provide that information and say when you would like it ready for pickup

How to request a citation:

By e-mail: governor@governor.ri.gov
By fax: (401) 222-8096

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
Office of Constituent Services
State House, Room 115
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903

If you have any questions, please contact the Governor’s Office of Constituent Services at (401) 222-2080.


How Do I Get A Flag Flown Over The Rhode Island State House?

If you are interested in having your Rhode Island or U.S. flag flown over the State House, please mail the flag along with a letter outlining your request to:

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
Office of Constituent Services
State House, Room 115
82 Smith Street
Providence, RI 02903

The letter should include your contact information along with return postage-paid envelope.