Dominick Ruggerio

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Dominick Ruggerio
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Rhode Island Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
1985 - present
Term ends
January 6, 2015
Years in position 29
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Leader
2011-present
Majority Whip
2003-2010
Deputy President Pro Tempore
1988-1990
Compensation
Base salary$14,185.95/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 1984
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
House of Representatives
1981-1984
Education
Bachelor'sProvidence College
Personal
BirthdayDecember 19, 1948
Place of birthProvidence, RI
ProfessionAssistant Administrator
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Dominick J. Ruggerio (b. December 19, 1948) is a Democratic member of the Rhode Island State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 1984. He is currently serving as Majority Leader.

Ruggerio served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1981 to 1984. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Deputy Presdient Pro Tempore.

Biography

Ruggerio earned his B.S. from Providence College in 1974. He also attended Bryant College. His professional experience includes working as a Regional Coordinator and as an assistant administrator for the North East Labor Management Trust Corporation.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

As Senate Majority Leader, Ruggerio is an ex-officio member of all Senate committees.

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Ruggerio served on no committees.

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2012

Ruggerio won re-election in District 4. He was unopposed in the Democratic primary on September 11, 2012. He defeated Michael J. Rollins (L) and John Ricottilli (I) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDominick Ruggerio Incumbent 66.3% 7,039
     Independent John Ricottilli 27.6% 2,924
     Libertarian Michael J. Rollins 5.8% 614
     Other Write-in 0.3% 36
Total Votes 10,613

2010

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2010

Ruggerio was re-election to District 4. He defeated Raymond De Stefanis in the September 14 Democratic primary. Ruggerio defeated Thomas Rossi (I) in the November 2 general election.[2]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dominick Ruggerio (D) 5360
Thomas Rossi (I) 2762

2008

See also: Rhode Island State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Ruggerio was re-elected to District 4 in the Rhode Island State Senate.[3] Ruggerio raised $73,928 for his campaign, while Spaziano raised $5,810.[4]

Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dominick Ruggerio (D) 7,759
Christine Spaziano (R) 3,318

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dominick Ruggerio is available dating back to 1994. Based on available campaign finance records, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $480,112 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 25, 2013.[5]

Dominick Ruggerio's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $135,168
2010 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $94,403
2008 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $73,928
2006 Rhode Island State Senate, District 6 Won $67,805
2004 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $61,666
2002 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $13,900
2000 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $6,350
1998 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $4,150
1996 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $5,668
1994 Rhode Island State Senate, District 4 Won $17,074
Grand Total Raised $480,112

2012

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $135,168.
Rhode Island State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dominick Ruggerio's campaign in 2012
Rhode Island Laborers Public Employees$2,000
Operating Engineers Local 57$2,000
Connecticut Laborers District Council$1,600
Amalgamated Transit Union$1,500
Rosciti, Anthony$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$135,168
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $94,403.

2008

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $73,928.

2006

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $67,805.

2004

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2004. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $61,666.

2002

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2002. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $13,900.

2000

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 2000. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $6,350.

1998

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1998. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $4,150.

1996

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1996. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $5,668.

1994

Dominick Ruggerio won re-election to the Rhode Island State Senate in 1994. During that election cycle, Dominick Ruggerio raised a total of $17,074.

Personal

Ruggerio 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 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, Ruggerio was among the top 25 lawmakers who sponsored the most in grant funding, obtaining $52,000 for community organizations.[6]

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