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Catherine Cool Rumsey

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Catherine Cool Rumsey
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Rhode Island State Senate District 34
Former member
In office
2013-January 6, 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNazareth College
Place of birthNew York
Campaign website
Catherine Cool Rumsey is a former Democratic member of the Rhode Island State Senate, representing District 34 from 2012 to January 6, 2015.

Committee assignments


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

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013
Environment & Agriculture
Health & Human Services


Campaign themes


Rumsey said that she will work to create a job friendly environment, build sustainable funding for education, preserve the environment and natural resources, as well as avoid passing laws with unfunded mandates for cities and towns.[1]



See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Incumbent Catherine Cool Rumsey was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Elaine Morgan was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cameron Ennis (I) was removed from the ballot before the primary. Morgan defeated Cool Rumsey in the general election.[2][3][4]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Morgan 52.4% 5,280
     Democratic Catherine Cool Rumsey Incumbent 47.6% 4,788
Total Votes 10,068


See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012

Rumsey won election in the 2012 election for Rhode Island State Senate District 34. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11. Incumbent Francis Maher defeated Paul R. Mcfadden in the Republican primary. Rumsey defeated Maher in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 34, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCatherine Cool Rumsey 55.1% 7,150
     Republican Francis Maher, Jr. Incumbent 44.8% 5,809
     Other Write-in 0.1% 14
Total Votes 12,973

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Catherine Cool Rumsey is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Catherine Cool Rumsey raised a total of $6,900 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 30, 2013.[8]

Catherine Cool Rumsey's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island State Senate, District 34 Won $6,900
Grand Total Raised $6,900


Catherine Cool Rumsey won election to the to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Catherine Cool Rumsey raised a total of $6,900.


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In 2014, Cool Rumsey's endorsements included the following:[9]

  • Rhode Island National Association of Social Workers
  • Clean Water Action
  • Planned Parenthood of Southern New England
  • RI Young Democrats
  • RI Progressive Democrats
  • Rhode Island National Organization
  • RI Sierra Club
  • Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America

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Political offices
Preceded by
Francis Maher (R)
Rhode Island State Senate District 34
2013–January 6, 2015
Succeeded by
Elaine Morgan (R)