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Linda Dill Finn

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Linda Finn
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Rhode Island House of Representatives District 72
Former member
In office
2013-January 6, 2015
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBarrington High School
Bachelor'sBoston College
ProfessionFinancial services
Campaign website
Linda Dill Finn is a former Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 72 from 2012 to January 6, 2015.


Finn earned her B.S. from Boston College in 1981. Her professional experience includes owning Linda Finn Garden Design.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013
Small Business


Campaign themes


Finn's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Excerpt: "Strengthen our education system. Invest in early education, technical education and workforce development programs that will create a vibrant, engaged 21st century workforce."
  • Excerpt: "Support a cohesive strategy for Broadband infrastructure and digital literacy on Aquidneck Island to support our business’, including our marine and defense companies."
  • Excerpt: "Fight to keep the legislature out of the woman/doctor relationship."
  • Excerpt: "Create new opportunities for small business to help access capital and support services to improve our small business ecosystem."


Finn highlighted the following issues:[3]

Business and the economy

  • Excerpt: "We need to evaluate the 235 Tax Expenditure Programs on the books in RI. Which ones are encouraging increased employment? Which ones are really giving incentives for innovation and growth? How can we encourage reinvestment in Rhode Island instead of business’ taking their capital elsewhere?"[3]


  • Excerpt: "We need to strengthen our public education system. Investment in public education is not only essential to the individual receiving it, but it is also essential to the economic development and future prosperity of our state."[3]

Public Transportation and Bridges

  • Excerpt: "Where were our local representatives on this issue a year ago? We need to make sure the study being done by the Bridge and Toll Authority is going to include local representation, and we need to look at how we develop more uniform and equitable policies regarding the distribution of state financial transportation costs imposed on us."



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 Linda Dill Finn was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Daniel Reilly was unopposed in the Republican primary. Reilly defeated Finn in the general election.[4][5][6]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 72, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Reilly 54.1% 3,114
     Democratic Linda Dill Finn Incumbent 45.9% 2,640
Total Votes 5,754


See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2012

Finn won election in the 2012 election for Rhode Island House of Representatives District 72. Finn was unopposed in the September 11 Democratic primary and defeated incumbent Daniel Reilly (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9]

Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 72, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Dill Finn 50.6% 3,597
     Republican Daniel Reilly Incumbent 49.2% 3,497
     Other Write-in 0.2% 12
Total Votes 7,106

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Linda Dill Finn is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Linda Dill Finn raised a total of $5,530 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 12, 2013.[10]

Linda Dill Finn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island House of Representatives, District 72 Won $5,530
Grand Total Raised $5,530


Linda Dill Finn won election to the Rhode Island House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Linda Dill Finn raised a total of $5,530.
Rhode Island House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Linda Dill Finn's campaign in 2012
Fund for Democratic Priorities$500
Rhode Island House Leadership Pac$500
National Education Association Rhode Island$375
Coventry Teachers Alliance$300
Fund For Democratic Leadership$250
Total Raised in 2012$5,530
Source:Follow the Money


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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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Finn and her husband, John, have two children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Reilly (R)
Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 72
2013–January 6, 2015
Succeeded by
Daniel Reilly (R)