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By federal law and the Rules of the House of Representatives, the employees of the former Representative continue to staff the offices of the congressional district under the supervision of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. This interim vacant status continues until a new Representative is elected to fill the unexpired term. Currently, the congressional district does not have voting representation. Although the scope of the vacant congressional office is limited, constituents of the district are invited to contact this interim office for information and assistance as indicated below.
Until a new Representative is elected, the vacant congressional office cannot take or advocate positions of public policy. Constituents may choose to express opinions on legislation or issues to your elected Senators or wait until a new Representative is elected and takes office. Mail received by the vacant office will be acknowledged. The staff of the vacant office can assist constituents with general information concerning the status of legislation, but cannot provide analysis of issues or render opinions.
The staff of the vacant office will continue to assist constituents who have cases pending with the office. These constituents will receive a letter from the Clerk requesting whether the staff should continue assistance or not. If they wish to continue with their case, they must submit a new Digital Privacy Release Form. Constituents who do not have pending cases but require assistance in matters relating to federal government agencies are invited to contact the nearest district office for further information and assistance.
To continue with your case, please complete this Digital Privacy Release Form.
The Office of the First Congressional District of Rhode Island is accepting applications for the nationwide Congressional App Challenge. Middle and high school students who reside or attend school in the district may compete individually or in teams of up to four people. In addition to submitting an app, students will prepare a demonstration video.
The submission deadline is November 1, 2023, at 12:00 p.m.
Members of Congress are authorized by law to nominate candidates for appointment to the following four U.S. service academies:
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.
The staff of the Office of the First Congressional District of Rhode Island will continue to accept applications for nominations to U.S. service academies. Completed applications that are submitted to the Office by October 13, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. will be transferred to the new Member of Congress and staff after a Representative is elected.
If you have questions throughout the process, please contact the office at 401-729-5600.
The staff of the vacant congressional office is available to assist you at the following locations:Washington, DC