Nellie Gorbea

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Nellie Gorbea
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Rhode Island Secretary of State
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Years in position 0
Base salary$108,808
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy Secretary of State
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Master'sColumbia University
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Nellie Gorbea is the current Democratic Rhode Island Secretary of State. She was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014.


Gorbea served as executive director of HousingWorks RI. Prior to that she was Deputy Secretary of State under Matt Brown (R) from 2002-2006. Additionally she has been an Economic Advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico and worked with the Governor’s Committee on Children’s Services Planning in New Jersey.[1]


  • Bachelor's, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs
  • Master's, Public Administration, Columbia University

Political career

Rhode Island Secretary of State

Gorbea first won election to the secretary of state's office on November 4, 2014. She was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, replacing term-limited predecessor Ralph Mollis.



See also: Rhode Island secretary of state election, 2014

Gorbea ran for election to the office of Rhode Island Secretary of State. Gorbea won the Democratic nomination in the primary.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Rhode Island Secretary of State, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngNellie Gorbea 51.4% 58,444
Guillaume de Ramel 48.6% 55,237
Total Votes 113,681
Election Results via Rhode Island Board of Elections.
General election
Secretary of State of Rhode Island, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNellie Gorbea 60.5% 186,899
     Republican John Carlevale 39.3% 121,466
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 770
Total Votes 309,135
Election Results via State of Rhode Island.

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Preceded by
Ralph Mollis (D)
Rhode Island Secretary of State
Succeeded by