Rodney Driver

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Rodney Driver
Rhode Island House District 39
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Legislator
Rodney Driver (b. July 1, 1932) was a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing District 39. He served from 2009 to 2010.

Driver earned his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1953 and 1955, respectively. He went on to receive his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1960.

Driver has worked as a Research Mathematician for the following institutions: The Research Institute for Advanced Studies from 1960 to 1961, the Math Research Center at the University of Wisconsin - Madison from 1961 to 1962, and Sandia National Laboratories from 1962 to 1969. He then worked as a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Rhode Island from 1969 to 1998.

Driver was a member of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Campaign in 1952. In 1986, he was a delegate at the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention. He then served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994. Driver ran for election to the United States House of Representatives in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2006, but was never elected. He then rejoined the Rhode Island House in 2009. He has served in that position since, representing the 39th District.

Committee assignments

While a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, Driver served on the following committees:



See also: Rhode Island House of Representatives elections, 2010

Driver did not seek re-election in 2010.


In 2008 Driver was elected to the Rhode Island House District 39. Driver (D) finished with 3,695 votes while his opponent David Hathaway (R) finished with 3,385 votes.[1] Driver raised $15,102 for his campaign fund.[2]

Rhode Island House District 39
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Rodney Driver (D) 3,695
David Hathaway (R) 3,385

Campaign donors

Listed below are the four largest contributors to Rodney Driver's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Rod Driver $11,000
Henrietta Goelet $1,000
John Goelet $1,000
Prof Donald Tufts $1,000


Driver and his wife, Carole, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rhode Island House of Representatives - District 39
Succeeded by
Larry Valencia (D)