Gov. Gina Raimondo
Governor of Rhode Island
Governor Raimondo is the State of Rhode Island’s seventy-fifth Governor. She was inaugurated on January 6th, 2015. Governor Raimondo grew up in Smithfield, Rhode Island and was one of the first girls to enroll at La Salle Academy in Providence. She went on to earn a bachelor’s in economics at Harvard University, and graduated magna cum laude. Following her time at Harvard, Raimondo obtained a Ph.D in sociology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and then a J.D. at Yale Law School. After working as a law clerk in the southern district of New York, Raimondo co-founded Rhode Island’s first venture-capital firm named Point Judith Capital, where she still holds some executive authority.
Governor Raimondo first ran for public office in 2010, when the state elected her as Rhode Island’s General Treasurer. In that office, Raimondo championed pension reform and laid the framework for the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act (RIRSA), which passed with bi-partisan support. Raimondo worked to bring more transparency to the Treasurer’s office as well as reduce the maximum allowable interest rate on payday loans in the state.
On November 4th, 2014, Raimondo defeated Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Businessman Independent Robert Healey, winning a plurality of the vote with 40 percent. Raimondo had the Democratic Primary in a 4-candidate race that included Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.
Along with her husband Andrew King Moffit, Raimondo currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island. Together they have two children. Raimondo is heavily involved in her local community as she serves as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Crossroads Rhode Island, which works to alleviate homelessness in the state.