A champion for hardworking Rhode Islanders
Governor Gina Raimondo ran for re-election to continue building on the impressive success of her first term. Before she was elected in 2014, Rhode Island had not elected a Democratic governor since 1990 and had never before elected a woman governor. A native Rhode Islander, Gina grew up in a middle-class family in Smithfield. Her late father was a World War II veteran who attended college on the G.I. Bill and worked at the local Bulova watch factory for 28 years, until the company shipped jobs overseas, leaving hundreds of people out of work. Gina’s parents sacrificed to see that their children got the best education possible. As a teenager, Gina rode a RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority) bus to LaSalle Academy in Providence, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class. A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, where she helped to edit the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Gina was a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Ph.D. from Oxford. Following a successful career in finance, she was inspired to run for office after reading about local libraries closing on account of budget cuts. “I was overhelmed with a sense of service,” Gina recalls. “I thought about how much I relied on public libraries and transportation to get to school.” Gina is working tirelessly to build an economy that works for all Rhode Islanders and to make the state a center for innovation and technology. She lives in Providence with her husband Andy and their children Ceci and Tommy.
An executive leader fighting for women and families
Gina’s leadership, strong business background, and vision have helped Rhode Island turn the corner on its long-running economic struggles as businesses big and small choose to bring more jobs to the Ocean State. Her business savvy has helped the Rhode Island government serve people more effectively and efficiently, and Gina has funneled those savings into workforce training programs that match community colleges with local employers. She has revived the long-vacant Rhode Island Commission on Women to promote equality in the state. A fierce advocate for putting an end to gender discrimination in pay, Gina launched the Rhode Island Pay Equity Tip Line, a telephone line allowing women and men to report employers who violate the state law banning gender-based wage discrimination so that the state can hold employers accountable and lift up those who aren’t earning equal pay for equal work. She has signed into law bills to put in place workplace protections for pregnant women and to require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to new mothers. She recently oversaw the completion of the first offshore wind farm in the country, which has the capacity to power 17,000 homes sustainably — reducing dependency on oil and gas, cutting the cost of electricity by more than half for some Rhode Islanders, and putting locals to work in an innovative industry. Gina has also made voter registration easier for Rhode Islanders, and is dedicated to helping her constituents perform their civic duty and make their voices heard. When re-elected, she will continue fighting every day to keep Rhode Island moving forward.
A high-stakes re-election victory
Gina’s first term has shown a new generation of working families that a progressive leader with creative ideas and political courage can increase economic opportunity for all. Her strong, progressive leadership has helped create thousands of Rhode Island jobs over the past four years. Gina’s impact is an inspiring example of the power of Democratic women in executive leadership positions. With Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda putting women and families at risk, Gina is dedicated to protecting Rhode Islanders from the extreme Republican policies that could dismantle the economic security she has worked so hard to rebuild. The EMILY’s List community is proud to stand with this champion for women and families.