Born in Rhode Island in 1969, Mike has lived in Foster with his family for over a quarter century. Married to his high school sweetheart Sherri Lombari for 28 years, the couple has a 25-year-old daughter, Paige, a practicing Registered Nurse, and a 23-year-old son Séighín, who is a licensed, professional heavy-equipment operator.
Mike owned 2 RI manufacturing businesses for over 15 years and a real estate investor since 1992. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and Representative Chippendale is intimately familiar with the regulatory and tax burdens that businesses in Rhode Island must deal with simply to survive.
Attended CCRI immediately after high school, then entered the Mechanical Engineering Program at New England Institute of Technology, receiving his degree in 1991. Mike re-entered college in 2004 at Johnson and Wales University, studying business management.
The job of public service offers Representative Chippendale the opportunity to give back to his beloved community, while at the same time being positioned within the RI Legislature to effect positive change on the continual 'squeeze' being put on the average Rhode Islander. Perhaps they are trying to start a new business, grow their existing business, or maybe just hoping to continue living in the state they love so much.
Rep Chippendale's interest in serving in the State Legislature was based on the precept that the legislative branch has the most effect on the policies and laws of our state, making it the quickest way to bring positive change to Rhode Island. Keeping this in mind, it is without hesitation that Mike clearly states that "This office is not a Political Stepping Stone for me to seek higher office. My heart is in the legislature, and my public service will stay within the legislature."
When considering whether or not to support or oppose a bill, there are essentially three questions Rep Chippendale considers before taking a position.
1) Does this bill or initiative violate my Oath of Office to "support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of this state... so help me God"?
2) What impact will this bill have on the economy of Rhode Island, including the Consumers, Small Businesses, and the Cities and Towns of our state?
3) What has the feedback from District 40 been, and is this a bill/initiative that is supported or opposed by the majority of people I've been in contact with from the district?
As a man who works very hard to impartially discharge his Constitutional duties as a Legislator, Representative Chippendale has consequently earned respect from a great number of individuals, whether it be his colleagues from the other side of the aisle, the General Officers of RI and their staff, the 3 towns in District 40, and most importantly, the residents that he so proudly serves.
“Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.”
- Ronald Reagan
“The first question, which the priest and the Levite asked, was 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the questions; 'If I do not stop to help the man, what will happen to him?'.”
- Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.