|Governor of Rhode Island|
|January 7, 2003 – January 4, 2011|
|Birthday||December 16, 1942|
|Place of birth||East Greenwich, Rhode Island|
|Profession||Executive, Teacher, Banker|
Current speculation is that Carcieri is again exploring a possible Senate bid, this time for Jack Reed's seat in the 2014 election.
Carcieri is a native of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, where his father, Nicola J. Carcieri coached football and basketball coach at the local high school. In high school, Carcieri excelled in sports, even earning himself a college athletic scholarship. He attended Brown University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Relations.
Carcieri started his career as a high school math teacher and later became a successful banker and businessman.  His varied vocational background took him around Rhode Island, in addition to Kingston, Jamaica, where he and his family lived from 1981-1983 while Carcieri worked for Catholic Relief Services. Upon their return to Rhode Island, Carcieri took a job at the Cookson Group. He began as an executive and rose to the position of Joint Managing Director for Cookson and CEO of the company's Cookson America subsidiary. As CEO, he was behind the decision to establish the subsidiary's U.S. headquarters in downtown Providence.
- East Greenwich High School
- Bachelor's degree in International Relations - Brown University
Governor of Rhode Island (2003-2011)
Carcieri sworn in as the 73rd Governor of Rhode Island on January 7, 2003, having won election in November 2002. Carcieri was re-elected in 2006, after which he spoke of continuing to take on individuals tied to the "old system."
Open Records Veto
In July of 2008, Carcieri vetoed approximately 30 bills, one of which was "An Act Relating to Public Records: Access to Public Records" (2008 H 7422A). The bill had been passed by the General Assembly earlier in the year. The bill would have required all state public agencies to certify that staff had been trained in how to properly respond to requests for open records, and that arrest records would be made public within 24 hours. "With respect to his veto of the so-called 'open records' bill, the governor said the bill would compromise the privacy of Rhode Islanders, and be impractical for state agencies, especially police departments to produce the required information."
In 2005, both houses of the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a bill legalizing medical marijuana. Carcieri vetoed the bill, but the state lawmakers overrode Carcieri by a large margin. Governor Carcieri and the Democratic-dominated General Assembly had been at odds on a number of issues; enacting separation of powers, the obligations of state workers, and the right of undocumented children to have access to the state childcare health insurance plan. Carcieri often warned against increasing the size of the state's social safety net as unaffordable and unsustainable and that the state suffered economically from a history of corruption. The General Assembly viewed Carcieri as attempting to increase the power of the executive branch to the detriment of the legislature, being overly combative in negotiations, and callous toward the concerns of the poor and the state workers.
Carcieri is considered a potential Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014. Incumbent Jack Reed, a Democrat, is running for re-election, and the general election is scheduled for November 4, 2014.
Carcieri won re-election as governor in 2006. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and faced his own Lieutenant Governor, Democrat Charles J. Fogarty, who was prevented by term limits from seeking re-election as lt. governor, in the November general election. Rhode Island is one of 19 states that elects its governor and lieutenant governor separately rather than on a single party ticket.
- 2006 General
|Governor of Rhode Island, 2006|
|Democratic||Charles J. Fogarty||49%||189,562|
|Republican||Donald Carcieri Incumbent||51%||197,366|
- 2006 Republican Primary
Carcieri ran unopposed in this contest.
- 2002 General
|Governor of Rhode Island, 2002|
- 2002 Republican Primary
Carcieri and his wife, Suzanne, have four children -- Mathew, Alison, Jill, and Sarah -- and fourteen grandchildren.
- Governor of Rhode Island
- United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2014
- Current Governor of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee
- Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri Official state site
- National Governors Association - Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri biography
- Follow the Money - Donald L Carcieri 2006 campaign contributions
- On the Issues - Donald Carcieri issue positions and quotes
- Project Vote Smart - Governor Donald L. Carcieri (RI) profile
- Governor Carcieri Official campaign site
- Boston.com, "Carcieri rules out 2012 Senate race," November 17, 2011
- The Providence Journal, "Rhode Island news," August 3, 2007
- [http://www.governor.state.ri.us/governor/ Governor Donald L. Carcieri State of Rhode Island Office of the Governor
- Carcieri vetoes ‘sunshine’ bill, 21 others Providence Business News, July 3, 2008
- Governor has qualms over release of names, vetoes public records bill Warwick Beacon, July 8, 2008
- AP election guide - Hosted by NPR, "Rhode Island State Profile," accessed February 4, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Governor Donald L. Carcieri Biography," accessed February 4, 2013
Lincoln C. Almond
|Governor of Rhode Island
2003 - 2011
| Succeeded by|
State of Rhode Island
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | General Treasurer | Auditor General | Commissioner of Education | Superintendent of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Director of Environmental Management | Director of Labor | Chair of Public Utilities |