Daniel Da Ponte

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Daniel Da Ponte
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Rhode Island Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
1999 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 15
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$14,947.34/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovmeber 3, 1998
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Rhode Island
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 15, 1978
Place of birthProvidence, RI
ProfessionFinancial Adviser
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Daniel Da Ponte (b. February 15, 1978) is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998. He previously served as Deputy Majority Whip.

Biography

Da Ponte earned his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island in 2000. His professional experience includes working as the President/Financial Advisor of the Axis Financial Group.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Da Ponte served on the following committees:

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance, Chair
Education
Rules

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Da Ponte served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Da Ponte served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Incumbent Daniel Da Ponte is unopposed in the Democratic primary.[2]

2012

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012

Da Ponte won re-election in District 14. He defeated Roberto L Dasilva in the September 11 Democratic primary. Da Ponte was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Da Ponte Incumbent 97.4% 8,218
     Other Write-in 2.6% 218
Total Votes 8,436
Rhode Island State Senate, District 14 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Da Ponte Incumbent 50.9% 2,053
Roberto DaSilva 49.1% 1,981
Total Votes 4,034

2010

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2010

Da Pointe was re-elected to District 14 in 2010. Da Ponte defeated Republican David Sullivan (R) in the November 2 general election. He defeated Brian Castro in the September 14 Democratic primary.[6][7]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 14
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Da Ponte (D) 5154
David Sullivan (R) 2832

2008

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Da Ponte was re-elected to the 14th District Seat in the Rhode Island State Senate. Da Ponte had no challenger.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Daniel Da Ponte is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $224,891 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 26, 2013.[9]

Daniel Da Ponte's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island State Senate, District 14 Won $67,705
2010 Rhode Island State Senate, District 14 Won $55,587
2008 Rhode Island State Senate, District 14 Won $14,315
2006 Rhode Island State Senate, District 14 Won $34,096
2004 Rhode Island State Senate, District 14 Won $40,728
2002 Rhode Island State Senate, District 14 Won $3,300
2000 Rhode Island State Senate, District 42 Won $1,250
1998 Rhode Island State Senate, District 42 Won $7,910
Grand Total Raised $224,891

2012

Daniel Da Ponte won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $67,705.
Rhode Island State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Daniel Da Ponte's campaign in 2012
Amalgamated Transit Union$2,000
Engage Rhode Island Pac$2,000
Hinckley Allen & Snyder$2,000
Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers$1,600
Crisafulli, Marc A$1,150
Total Raised in 2012$67,705
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Daniel Da Ponte won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $55,587.

2008

Daniel Da Ponte won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $14,315.

2006

Daniel Da Ponte won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $34,096.

2004

Daniel Da Ponte won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $40,728.

2002

Daniel Da Ponte won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $3,300.

2000

Daniel Da Ponte won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $1,250.

1998

Daniel Da Ponte won election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Daniel Da Ponte raised a total of $7,910.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 1 to July 5. In 2014, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 7 to June 23.

  • Legislators were scored based on their votes on bills related to civil liberties.
  • Legislators were scored based on votes on government reform.
  • Legislators were scored based on their votes on bills deemed to have an effect on free-market, small-government, or constitutional principles.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 4 to July 1. In 2012, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 3 to June 13.

  • Legislators were scored based on 14 pieces of legislation, ranging from matters on clean water, to state energy policies.
  • Legislators were scored based on votes on government reform.
  • Legislators were scored based on their votes on bills deemed to have an effect on free-market, small-government, or constitutional principles.

Personal

Da Ponte and his wife, Marcia, have two children.[1]

In the news

Grants to nonprofit organizations

In 2012, Rhode Island lawmakers issued $1.9 million in legislative grants to nonprofit organizations. These grants were awarded on a nonpartisan basis by House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and were chosen based on the merits of the organizations' applications and requests by individual lawmakers. Though the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the legislature has the authority to create grants as part of the budget, some critics have called these grants wasteful government spending and believe the money could be used to influence votes. Lawmakers in support of the grants claim that they go to community organizations that are struggling to fill fundraising gaps or make up for a lack of resources that may no longer be available at the municipal level. According to an August 2013 report in Go Local Prov News, Da Ponte was among the top 25 lawmakers who sponsored the most in grant funding, obtaining $55,500 for community organizations.[10]

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Rhode Island State Senate District 14
1999–present
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