|Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island|
|January 2, 2007 - January 6, 2015|
|Predecessor||Charles Fogarty (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 7, 2006|
|Term limits||2 consecutive terms|
|Rhode Island State Senate|
|1997 - 2007|
|Bachelor's||Brown University (1978)|
|Master's||Boston University (1984)|
|Date of birth||April 17, 1957|
|Place of birth||Washington, D.C.|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, 2010|
|Democratic||Elizabeth Roberts Incumbent||54.5%||175,640|
|Cool Moose||Robert Healey||39.2%||126,063|
|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|
|Democratic||Elizabeth H. Roberts||53.1%||202,659|
|Republican||Reginald A. Centracchio||33.5%||128,011|
|Cool Moose||Robert J. Healey, Jr.||13.4%||51,220|
|Election Results Via: Rhode Island Board of Elections|
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.
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|Elizabeth Roberts's Campaign Contributions|
State Senate District 28
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
|Total Raised by Opponents||$8,030 (Republican)||$376,075 (Republican)||$3,770 (Cool Moose)|
|Top 5 contributors||Rhode Island Medical Society||$1,500||Public Fund||$245,000||Partridge Snow & Hahn||$2,000|
|John J McConnell, Jr.||$1,500||Claiborne D Pell||$2,125||Elizabeth H Roberts||$2,000|
|Dennis J Roberts II||$1,125||Elizabeth H Roberts||$2,000||Rader Anya Wallack||$2,000|
|5 individuals||$1,000 each||Rhode Island Medical Society||$2,000||Curt Beckwith||$2,000|
|Rhode Island Hospital United Nurses & Allied Professionals||$900||Laura S Barlow||$2,000||Letitia M Carter||$2,000|
Roberts and her husband, Thomas, have two daughters and reside in Cranston, Rhode Island.
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- Rhode Island Office of the Lt. Governor Official State Website
- Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Elizabeth Roberts on Facebook
- Elizabeth Roberts on YouTube
- Elizabeth Roberts on Twitter
- Elizabeth Roberts on Flickr
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996
- Elizabethroberts.org 2010 Campaign website
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from March 8, 2012.
- Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island, "About," accessed November 3, 2012
- RI.gov, "Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts Announces 'Healthy Rhode Island'," April 9, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts's Biography," accessed July 16, 2013
- Governing, "How Successful Are Lieutenant Governors Seeking the Governorship?," April 12, 2013
- WPRI, "Lt. Gov. Roberts won't challenge Chafee," December 30, 2011
- Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Elizabeth Roberts," Accessed May 11, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Charles Fogarty (D)
|Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
2007 - 2015
| Succeeded by|
Daniel McKee (D)