|Rhode Island Senate District 15|
|2011 - present|
|January 6, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Birthday||August 9, 1962|
Nesselbush earned her B.S. from Brown University in 1984 and her J.D. from Suffolk University in 1991. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney for the Law Firm of Marasco & Nesselbush, L.L.P, as an Associate Municipal Traffic and Housing Court Judge in Pawtucket and as the former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nesselbush served on the following committees:
|Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Health & Human Services, Vice Chair|
|• Government Oversight|
|• Housing & Municipal Government|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nesselbush served on these committees:
|Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Government Oversight|
|• Health and Human Services|
Nesselbush's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt: "Inspiring job creation and fostering a thriving economy must be the number one (#1) priority of the General Assembly. Donna has supported legislation designed to revitalize Pawtucket, positioning us to attract and support the business, manufacturing and industry of tomorrow."
Rebuilding Our Middle Class
- Excerpt: "It is unacceptable that over the last decade the rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, and the “middle class,” once the hallmark of the “American Dream,” has dwindled. Government establishes the rules of the economy and those rules must be designed to rebuild a thriving middle class."
- Excerpt: "Donna believes that education is a fundamental civil right; every child deserves access to a quality public education. Education is the great equalizer and the bridge to success. Donna believes that we must invest in our children’s future by providing them with a 21st century, top notch education."
- Excerpt: "As Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, Donna plays a leading role in helping to resolve the challenges facing Rhode island’s health care delivery system. Providing affordable access to quality health care is essential. Curbing the skyrocketing costs of health care while improving quality and health outcomes is one of Donna’s top priorities."
- Excerpt: "Donna’s father was proud to serve our country as a navigator for the United States Air Force during World War II. He instilled in Donna a deep commitment, respect and gratitude for our veterans. Military men and women write a blank check to our great nation, possibly payable with their lives, all to protect America’s freedom, which is anything but free. Our brave Veterans deserve the highest quality healthcare, services and benefits."
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 Donna Nesselbush was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Stephen Lemois was unopposed in the Republican primary. John Monahan (I) was removed from the ballot before the primary. Nesselbush defeated Lemois in the general election.
Nesselbush won re-election in District 15 and was unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11. Nesselbush defeated Robert P. Venturini (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Rhode Island State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Donna Nesselbush Incumbent||77.5%||6,324|
|Independent||Robert P. Venturini||22.3%||1,818|
|Rhode Island State Senate, District 15|
|Donna Nesselbush (D)||4,044|
Comprehensive donor information for Donna Nesselbush is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Donna Nesselbush raised a total of $44,146 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 26, 2013.
|Donna Nesselbush's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Rhode Island State Senate, District 15||$25,881|
|2010||Rhode Island State Senate, District 15||$18,265|
|Grand Total Raised||$44,146|
2012Donna Nesselbush won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Donna Nesselbush raised a total of $25,881.
|Rhode Island State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Donna Nesselbush's campaign in 2012|
|Mr Michael R Bloomberg||$1,000|
|Lee, Barbara F||$1,000|
|Rhode Island Laborers||$600|
|Armesto, Jorge C||$500|
|Klatzer, Dale K||$500|
|Total Raised in 2012||$25,881|
|Source:Follow the Money|
2010Donna Nesselbush won election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Donna Nesselbush raised a total of $18,265.
|Rhode Island State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Donna Nesselbush's campaign in 2010|
|Lee, Barbara F||$1,000|
|Rhode Island Senate Democratic Leadership||$1,000|
|Macari, David A||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$18,265|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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- American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island: 2013-2014 Voting Record
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- Common Cause: 2013-2014 Legislative Scorecard
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- Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity: 2013 Session Freedom Index
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- Campaign Contributions: 2012 2010
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Sen. Donna Nesselbush," accessed June 6, 2014
- Donna Nesselbush's campaign website, "Issues," accessed October 17, 2014
- Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Senator in General Assembly," accessed June 30, 2014
- Rhode Island Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Results: Senator in General Assembly," accessed September 26, 2014
- Candidates in Upcoming Elections, "Rhode Island Secretary of State," accessed July 5, 2012
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2012 Statewide Primary Results," accessed June 6, 2014
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2012 Statewide General Election Results," accessed June 6, 2014
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2010 Statewide Primary Results," accessed June 6, 2014
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2010 Statewide General Election Results," accessed June 6, 2014
- followthemoney.org, "Nesselbush, Donna," accessed July 26, 2013
John McBurney (D)
|Rhode Island State Senate District 15
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