John F. Robitaille

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John F. Robitaille
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Former candidate for
Governor of Rhode Island
High schoolNorth Attleboro High School (1966)
Bachelor'sProvidence College (1970)
Master'sUniversity of Utah (1976)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force, Captain
Years of service1970-1976
ProfessionOwner/President, Perspective Communications Group
John F. Robitaille (b. August 14, 1948 Pawtucket, RI) was the 2010 Republican nominee for Governor of Rhode Island. He currently serves as Owner and President of Perspective Communications Group.[1]

Robitaille considered running for governor in 2014 but ultimately decided against it.[2][3]


Robitaille earned his M.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah and B.S. in Business Administration from Providence College.[4]

While attending Providence College, Robitaille belonged to ROTC, Precision Drill, the Pershing Rifles, and the Dilon Team. After college, Robitaille spent six years with the United States Air Force, as a paratrooper in Germany and later at Headquarters Special Forces Command at Ft. Bragg. He earned the rank of Captain by the time he separated in 1976.

For the final two years of his military service, Robitaille was studying human resources management at the University of Utah, earning his master's degree in 1976.

Upon graduation, he spent five years with Frito Lay as employees relations manager, From 1981 through 1986, he worked in labor relations for Continental Can Corporation. He then briefly joined Total Communications in public relations.

By the spring in 1987, Robitaille had decided to start his own business. For the next decade, he worked out of Middletown, Rhode Island, as President and CEO of Perspective Communications Group. In 2006, his first campaign, for the state House, fell four votes short in victory. In 2008, he left his company to work for Donald L. Carcieri, the state's Republican governor. At the end of 2009, he announced his own gubernatorial candidacy, for which he resigned his senior advisory post to campaign full time.

Robitaille is affiliated with a number of organizations, including:

  • Member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
  • Member of the Providence College President’s Council and Executive Mentoring Program
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Bradley Hospital
  • Member of the Board of Governors of Newport Hospital
  • 2003 Partner in Philanthropy Award Winner
  • Friends of the Samaritans of Rhode Island
  • Member of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention
  • Steering Committee for Newport Under the Stars Fundraiser for Joslin Diabetes Center
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of RI
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the RI Association to Prevent Child Abuse


  • University of Utah, M.S., 1976
  • Providence College, B.S., 1970
  • North Attleboro High School, 1966



See also: Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2014

Robitaille considered running for election to the Governor of Rhode Island, but ultimately decided against it.[2]


See also: Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Robitaille faced Frank T. Caprio (D), Ken Block (Moderate), Lincoln Chafee (I), Ronald Algieri (I), Todd Giroux (I), and Joseph M. Lusi (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

Governor of Rhode Island, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Frank T. Caprio 23% 78,896
     Republican John F. Robitaille 33.6% 114,911
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngLincoln Chafee 36.1% 123,571
     Moderate Ken Block 6.5% 22,146
     Independent Ronald Algieri 0.2% 793
     Independent Todd Giroux 0.3% 882
     Independent Joseph M. Lusi 0.3% 1,091
Total Votes 342,290


Robitaille ran unsuccessfully for election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2006.


Robitaille and his wife, Lynda, live in Portsmouth. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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