William Walaska

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William Walaska
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Rhode Island Senate District 30
Incumbent
In office
1995 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$14,947.34/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sProvidence College
Master'sProvidence College
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Naval Reserve
Years of service1964-1968
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 16, 1946
Place of birthProvidence, RI
ProfessionPresident/CEO of Wal-Corp
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William A. Walaska (b. September 16, 1945) is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island State Senate, representing District 30. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Biography

Walaska earned his B.A. in Economics from Providence College in 1968 and his M.B.A. from Providence College in 1987. He went on to attend the School of Commercial Banking at Williams College and Financial Management at Darmouth College in 1973 and 1976, respectively. His professional experience includes serving as President/CEO of Wal-Corp, Tri-State Automotive Warehouse. Walaska served in the United States Naval Reserves from 1964 to 1968.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Rhode Island Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce
Environment & Agriculture, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Rhode Island State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 25, 2014. Incumbent William Walaska is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Steven Archer is running as an Independent candidate.[2]

2012

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012

Walaska won re-election in District 30 and was unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11. Keith E. Burkitt was unopposed in the Republican primary. Walaska defeated Burkitt and independent Arthur J. Groh Jr. in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 30, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Walaska Incumbent 61% 7,585
     Republican Keith E. Burkitt 22.4% 2,790
     Independent Arthur J. Groh Jr. 16.4% 2,041
     Other Write-in 0.2% 20
Total Votes 12,436

2010

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2010

Walaska was re-elected to District 30 in 2010. Walaska defeated Republican Armand Lusi in the November 2 general election. He was unopposed in the September 14 Democratic primary.[6][7]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 30
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Walaska (D) 5545
Armand Lusi (R) 4129

2008

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Walaska was re-elected to the 30th District Seat in the Rhode Island State Senate. Walaska had no challenger.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for William Walaska is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, William Walaska raised a total of $207,527 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 30, 2013.[9]

William Walaska's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island State Senate, District 30 Won $35,974
2010 Rhode Island State Senate, District 30 Won $35,082
2008 Rhode Island State Senate, District 30 Won $43,012
2006 Rhode Island State Senate, District 30 Won $39,726
2004 Rhode Island State Senate, District 30 Won $40,585
2002 Rhode Island State Senate, District 30 Won $3,625
2000 Rhode Island State Senate, District 17 Won $660
1998 Rhode Island State Senate, District 17 Won $1,830
1996 Rhode Island State Senate, District 17 Won $2,350
1994 Rhode Island State Senate, District 17 Won $4,683
Grand Total Raised $207,527

2012

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $35,974.
Rhode Island State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Walaska's campaign in 2012
Casale, Thomas C$1,500
Miranda, Michael$1,000
Operating Engineers Local 57$1,000
Manafort, William$1,000
Casale, Thomas$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$35,974
Source:Follow the Money

2010

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $35,082.

2008

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $43,012.

2006

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $39,726.

2004

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $40,585.

2002

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $3,625.

2000

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $660.

1998

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $1,830.

1996

William Walaska won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $2,350.

1994

William Walaska won election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1994. During that election cycle, William Walaska raised a total of $4,683.

Scorecards

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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 were scored based on their votes on bills related to civil liberties.
  • 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.

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

Walaska and his wife, Marsha, have three 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 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, Walaska was among the top 25 lawmakers who sponsored the most in grant funding, obtaining $30,750 for community organizations.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Rhode Island State Senate District 30
1995–present
Succeeded by
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