Elizabeth Roberts

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Elizabeth Roberts
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Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Former officeholder
In office
January 2, 2007 - January 6, 2015
PredecessorCharles Fogarty (D)
Base salary$108,808
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Campaign $$1,580,404
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Rhode Island State Senate
1997 - 2007
Bachelor'sBrown University (1978)
Master'sBoston University (1984)
Date of birthApril 17, 1957
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionHealthcare executive
Office website
Campaign website
Elizabeth H. Roberts (born April 17, 1957 in Washington, D.C.) is the former Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island. A Democrat, she was first elected in 2006, and won re-election on November 2, 2010. Serving as Rhode Island's first female Lieutenant Governor, Roberts was unable to seek re-election in 2014 due to term limits.[1]

Roberts, long an advocate for affordable health care, was named by Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) in November 2010 to lead the state's health care reform efforts. As such, Roberts serves as Chair of the Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission, which Chafee created by executive order. Under her management, Rhode Island has been a leading state in its establishment of a health benefits exchange.[2]

Roberts previously served as a member of the Rhode Island State Senate from 1997–2007.[3]


Roberts was born April 17, 1957 in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Brown University in 1978 and earned an MBA in Healthcare Management from Boston University in 1984.[1]

Prior to entering politics, Roberts has worked as a business strategy consultant, policy analyst, and health care manager.


  • B.A., Brown University
  • M.B.A., Boston University[1]

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island (2007-2015)

Roberts was elected the state's first female Lieutenant Governor in the 2006 elections held on November 7th. She was inaugurated as the 68th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations on January 2, 2007.

Her statutory responsibilities included leading the Small Business Advocacy Council, the Emergency Management Advisory Council and the Long-Term Care Coordinating Council. Additionally, she was appointed by the governor to the Rhode Island Healthcare Reform Commission.[4]

Rhode Island State Senate (1997-2007)

Roberts served five two-year terms in the Rhode Island Senate from 1996 until 2006. During her tenure in the state Senate, she was known for being a leading activist on health and medical issues. She was also renowned for her efforts on economic development and job growth, and pushed for cleaner air and water, stronger schools, and increased attention to disaster preparedness.[1]

Roberts served as the Chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Later, she served as a Co-Chair of Permanent Joint Committee on Healthcare Oversight, which she used as a vehicle to push for reform for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the largest provider of health insurance in Rhode Island.[1]

Roberts also helped expand the state’s prescription drug program for seniors (RIPAE) and helped expand coverage to more families through Rite Care, the state's public health system.

The reform organization Common Cause named Roberts one of the top two senators in Rhode Island in 2006, giving her the second highest rating in the General Assembly at 91% and an “A” for her reform efforts during the legislative session.

Roberts also serves as the Chairwoman of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Small Business Advocacy Council, and the Emergency Management Advisory Council.



See also: Rhode Island Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Roberts was ineligible to run for re-election as Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor in 2014 due to term limits.[5]


See also: Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Roberts won re-election in 2010. She defeated Robert Healey (I) and Robert Venturini (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Roberts Incumbent 54.5% 175,640
     Cool Moose Robert Healey 39.2% 126,063
     HWB Robert Venturini 6.3% 20,295
Total Votes 321,998
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections


On November 7, 2006, Elizabeth H. Roberts won election to the office of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor. She defeated Reginald A. Centracchio (R) and Robert J. Healey, Jr. (Cool Moose) in the general election.

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth H. Roberts 53.1% 202,659
     Republican Reginald A. Centracchio 33.5% 128,011
     Cool Moose Robert J. Healey, Jr. 13.4% 51,220
Total Votes 381,890
Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Roberts is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Roberts raised a total of $1,580,404 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2013.[6]

Elizabeth Roberts's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 RI Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $3,892
2010 RI Lieutenant Governor Won $506,809
2008 RI Lieutenant Governor Not up for election $358,159
2006 RI Lieutenant Governor Won $653,756
2004 RI State Senate Won $31,720
2002 RI State Senate Won $7,634
2000 RI State Senate Won $2,650
1998 RI State Senate Won $6,199
1996 RI State Senate Won $9,585
Grand Total Raised $1,580,404


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Roberts and her husband, Thomas, have two daughters and reside in Cranston, Rhode Island.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Fogarty (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
2007 - 2015
Succeeded by
Daniel McKee (D)