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Larry Valencia
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Rhode Island House of Representatives District 39
Incumbent
In office
2011 - Present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$14,947.34/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sCharter Oak College
Master'sSt. John's University
Personal
ProfessionFreelance technical and medical writer
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Larry Valencia (b. July 29, 1958) is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Valencia earned his B.S. from Charter Oak College in 1988 and his M.S. from St. John's University in 1977. His professional experience includes working as a freelance technical and medical writer.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Environment and Natural Resources

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Valencia served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Valencia's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Property Taxes

Excerpt: "Property taxes are ridiculously high in our district. But I don't blame our Town Councils - they've actually been very responsible creating sound budgets and sticking to them. The problem has been that the state has slashed aid to cities and towns. I will fight for more state tax dollars to get returned to our part of South County."

Inspector General

Excerpt: "38 Studios. The Resource Recovery Center. Allegations of pay-to-play. There is an answer. This state is crying out for an Office of Inspector General. An Inspector General would have the ability to go after waste, fraud, mismanagement and corruption in real time, with real subpoena authority. Massachusetts has had an IG since 1981 - enabling it recover over $300 million from contractors associated withe the Big Dig. I've introduced a bill to create this office every year since I was first elected in 2011. I promise to continue pushing for this bill until it becomes law."

Tax Equity

Excerpt: "We've been cutting taxes for the highest earners (individuals s who earn $200,000+ annually; married couples who earn $250,000+ annually) in Rhode Island consistently since 1996. The upper rate for the most fortunate residents is now 5.99%. It's time that we made adjustments for the benefit of 95% of Rhode Islanders who aren't in this group: the middle class, veterans, students, and people on fixed income. We can use this additional revenue to lower business taxes, repair our roads and bridges, pay for workforce development, etc."

Environment

Excerpt: "People move to our beautiful section of Rhode Island for the extraordinary quality of life. Richmond, Exeter, and Hopkinton are three gorgeous towns to live in. I work to preserve the rural character of our district by introducing and helping to pass bills that protect and expand family farms."

Education

Excerpt: "We're blessed to have two excellent schools districts: Chariho and Exeter-West Greenwich. I've been a vocal supporter of both school districts. I'll continue to do everything in my power to support both districts, reduce costs, and share the benefits of regionalization with the rest of the state."

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place September 9, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Incumbent Larry Valencia was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Justin Price defeated Michael Picillo in the Republican primary. Valencia and Price will face off in the general election.[3][4]

2012

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2012

Valencia won re-election in the 2012 election for Rhode Island House of Representatives District 39. Valencia was unopposed in the September 11 Democratic primary and defeated Clay P. Johnson (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Valencia Incumbent 53.5% 3,336
     Republican Clay P. Johnson 46.4% 2,892
     Other Write-in 0.2% 10
Total Votes 6,238

2010

See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2010

Valencia was unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary and defeated Republican Michael Picillo in the November 2 general election.[8][9]

Rhode Island House District 39
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Larry Valencia (D) 2732
Michael Picillo (R) 2586

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Larry Valencia is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Larry Valencia raised a total of $28,224 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 2, 2013.[10]

Larry Valencia's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 39 Won $13,687
2010 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 39 Won $7,040
2008 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 39 Defeated $7,497
Grand Total Raised $28,224

2012

Larry Valencia won re-election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Larry Valencia raised a total of $13,687.
Rhode Island House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Larry Valencia's campaign in 2012
Valencia, Lawrence M$4,100
Richmond Democratic Town Cmte$1,000
Ct Healthcare-District 1199 PAC$750
Gordon Fox RI House Leadership$500
Rhode Island State Association of Fire Fighters$500
Total Raised in 2012$13,687
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Larry Valencia won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Larry Valencia raised a total of $7,040.

2008

Larry Valencia lost the election for the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Larry Valencia raised a total of $7,497.

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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.

  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills related to civil liberties.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on government reform.
  • Legislators are scored based on their votes on bills deemed to have an effect on free-market, small-government, or constitutional principles.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key small business issues.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 4 to July 1. In 2012, the Rhode Island General Assembly was in session from January 3 to June 13.

  • Legislators were scored based on 14 pieces of legislation, ranging from matters on clean water, to state energy policies.
  • Legislators were scored based on votes on government reform.
  • Legislators were scored based on their votes on bills deemed to have an effect on free-market, small-government, or constitutional principles.

Personal

Valencia and his wife, Patty, have three children, Lee, Jacqueline and Xaviera. He served as a member of the Richmond Zoning Board of Review from 2002 to January 2012; as a member of the Richmond Economic Development Commission (Chairman from 2007 to 2010); and as Chairman of the Home Rule Charter Commission from 2007 to 2008.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rodney Driver (D)
Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 39
2011–present
Succeeded by
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