|Rhode Island Senate District 3|
|1991 - 2013|
|Deputy President Pro Tempore|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 6, 1990|
|Bachelor's||University of New Hampshire|
|Birthday||July 16, 1943|
|Place of birth||Ayer, MA|
|Profession||Health Care Administrator (retired)|
Perry worked as the CEO of Thundermist Health Center from 1970 to 1990. She is currently a Health Care Administrator.
Perry earned her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1965, and later received her M.S. from Lesley University in 1987.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Perry served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Perry served on these committees:
- Health and Human Services Committee, Rhode Island State Senate
- Judiciary Committee, Rhode Island State Senate
Perry was re-elected in District 3. She defeated Republican Morris Markovitz and independent Miriam Ross in the November 2 general election. She was unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary.
|Rhode Island State Senate, District 3|
|Rhoda Perry (D)||5069|
|Miriam Ross (I)||2267|
|Morris Markovitz (R)||928|
In 2010, Perry received $52,576 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Rhode Island State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Rhoda Perry's campaign in 2010|
|Stryker, Jon L||$1,000|
|Carter, Letitia M||$1,000|
|Carter, John S||$1,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$52,576|
Perry raised $26,901 during the 2008 election cycle.
She received no contributions greater than $875.
Perry is widowed and has two children.
In the news
Grants to nonprofit organizations
In 2012, Rhode Island lawmakers issued $1.9 million in legislative grants to nonprofit organizations. These grants were awarded on a nonpartisan basis by House Speaker Gordon Fox and Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed and were chosen based on the merits of the organizations' applications and requests by individual lawmakers. Though the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled that the legislature has the authority to create grants as part of the budget, some critics have called these grants wasteful government spending and believe the money could be used to influence votes. Lawmakers in support of the grants claim that they go to community organizations that are struggling to fill fundraising gaps or make up for a lack of resources that may no longer be available at the municipal level. According to an August 2013 report in Go Local Prov News, Perry was among the top 25 lawmakers who sponsored the most in grant funding, obtaining $43,000 for community organizations.
- Rhoda Perry's personal website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1994
- Candidates in Upcoming Elections, "Rhode Island Secretary of State," accessed July 5, 2012
- 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
- State of Rhode Island Board of Elections, "2008 Statewide General Election Results," accessed June 6, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- 2008 Campaign contributors to Rhoda Perry
- Go Local Prov News, "RI Lawmakers Shell Out $1.9M in Controversial Legislative Grants," August 15, 2013
|Rhode Island State Senate District 3
| Succeeded by|
Gayle Goldin (D)