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Rhoda Perry

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Rhoda Perry
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Rhode Island Senate District 3
Former member
In office
1991 - 2013
Deputy President Pro Tempore
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 6, 1990
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire
Master'sLesley University
Date of birthJuly 16, 1943
Place of birthAyer, MA
ProfessionHealth Care Administrator (retired)
Rhoda Perry (b. July 16, 1943) is a former Democratic member of the Rhode Island State Senate, representing District 3 from 1990 to 2013. She served as Deputy President Pro Tempore from 1994 to 2013.


Perry earned her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1965 and her M.S. from Lesley University in 1987. Her professional experience includes working as the CEO of Thundermist Health Center from 1970 to 1990 and as a Health Care Administrator.[1]

Committee assignments


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Perry served on these committees:



See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012

Perry filed to run for re-election in District 3, but withdrew prior to the primary election.[2]


See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2010

Perry was re-elected in 2010 to 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.[3][4]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 3
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rhoda Perry (D) 5069
Miriam Ross (I) 2267
Morris Markovitz (R) 928


See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Perry was re-elected to the 3rd District Seat in the Rhode Island State Senate. Perry had no challenger.[5]

Campaign donors


In 2010, Perry received $52,576 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]

Rhode Island State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Rhoda Perry's campaign in 2010
York, Myrth$1,250
Master, Carol$1,000
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.[7]


Perry is widowed and has two children.[1]

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 called these grants wasteful government spending and believe the money could be used to influence votes. Lawmakers in support of the grants claimed 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.[8]

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Preceded by
Rhode Island State Senate District 3
Succeeded by
Gayle Goldin (D)