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Joseph Almeida
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Rhode Island House of Representatives District 12
Incumbent
In office
1999-2010, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 2, 2017
Years in position (current service)2
Years in position (previous service)11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$14,947.34/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Rhode Island House of Representatives District 12
1999-2011
Education
Bachelor'sRoger Williams College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marines
Years of service1978-1985
Personal
ProfessionFinancial strategist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Joseph S. Almeida, Jr. (b. September 23, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 12. He was first elected to the chamber in 1998.

Almeida resigned as Deputy Majority Whip on February 10, 2015, after he was arrested for allegedly misappropriating $6,122.03 in campaign contributions for his personal use.[1]

He formerly represented District 12 from 1999 to 2010, but regained his seat in 2012. He previously served as Deputy Majority Leader.

Biography

Almeida earned his B.A. from Roger Williams College in 1990. His professional experience includes working as a financial strategist, as a patrolman for the Providence Police Department from 1979 to 1995 and as the owner of Essence Construction. Almeida served as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marines from 1978-1985.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Almeida served on the following committees:

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2015
Judiciary
Rules

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Almeida served on the following committees:

2009-2010

While a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Almeida served on the following committees:

Issues

Almeida was a sponsor of the Rhode Island Name Change Amendment (2010), saying, "It's high time for us to recognize that slavery happened on plantations in Rhode Island and decide that we don't want that chapter of our history to be a proud part of our name."[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives 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 Joseph Almeida defeated Anthony Roberson in the Democratic primary. Luis Vargas ran as an Independent candidate. Almeida defeated Vargas in the general election.[4][5][6]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Almeida Incumbent 72.6% 1,616
     Independent Luis Vargas 27.4% 610
Total Votes 2,226
Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Almeida Incumbent 67% 978
Anthony Roberson 33% 481
Total Votes 1,459

2012

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2012

Almeida won re-election in the 2012 election for Rhode Island House of Representatives District 12. Almeida defeated incumbent Leo Medina in the September 11 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012. The general election is on November 6.[7][8][9]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Almeida Incumbent 99.2% 2,915
     Other Write-in 0.8% 23
Total Votes 2,938
Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Almeida 64.9% 716
Leo Medina Incumbent 35.1% 388
Total Votes 1,104

2010

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2010

Almeida ran unsuccessfully for re-election to the 12th District seat in 2010. Leo Medina defeated him in the primary election. Medina faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.[10][11]

2008

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2008

In 2008, Almeida was re-elected to the Rhode Island House District 12. Almeida (D) ran unopposed and finished with 3,153 votes.[12] Almeida did not raise any money for his campaign fund.[13]

Rhode Island House District 12
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph Almeida (D) 3,153

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Joseph Almeida is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $24,042 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 31, 2013.[14]

Joseph Almeida's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Won $14,970
2010 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Defeated $0
2008 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Won $0
2006 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Won $1,880
2004 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Won $7,192
2002 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 12 Won $0
2000 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 20 Won $0
1998 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 20 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $24,042

2012

Joseph Almeida won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $14,970.

2010

Joseph Almeida lost the election for the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $0.

2008

Joseph Almeida won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $0.

2006

Joseph Almeida won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $1,880.

2004

Joseph Almeida won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $7,192.

2002

Joseph Almeida won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $0.

2000

Joseph Almeida won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $0.

1998

Joseph Almeida won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 1998. During that election cycle, Joseph Almeida raised a total of $0.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 1 to July 5. In 2014, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 7 to June 23.

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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

Controversies

Misuse of campaign funds

On February 10, 2015, Almeida was arrested for allegedly misappropriating $6,122.03 in campaign contributions for his personal use. He was charged with Unlawful Appropriation of over $1,500.00. If convicted of felony unlawful appropriation, Almeida could face up to 20 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000, or both. He pleaded not guilty to the charge on February 10. He will appear in court next on April 17, 2015.[1][15]

Personal

Almeida and his wife, Zoraida, have five children.[2]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 www.golocalprov.com, "RI State Rep. Almeida Arrested, Resigns As House Whip," accessed February 11, 2104
  2. 2.0 2.1 Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Almeida," accessed June 10, 2014
  3. The Huffington Post, "Rhode Island Slavery Legacy Prompting Name Change," June 25, 2009
  4. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Candidates for Representative in General Assembly," accessed June 30, 2014
  5. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "2014 Statewide Primary Results: Representative in General Assembly," accessed September 26, 2014
  6. Rhode Island Board of Elections, "Official 2014 general election results," accessed December 4, 2014
  7. Candidates in Upcoming Elections, "Rhode Island Secretary of State," accessed July 10, 2012
  8. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2012 Statewide Primary Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  9. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2012 Statewide General Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  10. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2010 Statewide Primary Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  11. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2010 Statewide General Election Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  12. Follow the Money, "Rhode Island House election results, 2008," accessed June 10, 2014
  13. Follow the Money, "Campaign contributions for 2008," accessed June 10, 2014
  14. followthemoney.org, "Almeida, Joseph," accessed July 31, 2013
  15. Providence Journal, "State Rep. Almeida pleads not guilty in District Court, Providence," accessed February 11, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
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Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 12
1999–2010
Succeeded by
Leo Medina (D)
Preceded by
Leo Medina (D)
Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 12
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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