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Nellie Gorbea
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"Secretary of State of Rhode Island
Assumed office
January 6, 2015
Governor "Gina Raimondo
Preceded by "Ralph Mollis
Personal details
Born (1967-09-12) September 12, 1967 (age 50)
"San Juan, Puerto Rico, "U.S.
Political party "Democratic
Spouse(s) "Steven D'Hondt
Children 3
Education "Princeton University ("BA)
"Columbia University ("MPA)

Nellie M. Gorbea is an American politician. A member of the "Democratic Party, she is the "Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Gorbea is the first Hispanic to win statewide office in "New England.

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Early life and education[edit]

Gorbea was born and raised in "Puerto Rico. She earned a "bachelor's degree from "Princeton University's "Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a "master's degree in "public administration from "Columbia University's "School of International and Public Affairs.[1][2] She moved to "Rhode Island in the mid-1990s.[3]

Career[edit]

Gorbea was Deputy Secretary of State under Secretary of State "Matthew A. Brown from 2002 through 2006.[3][4] She worked for Fleet Securities, was the program officer for economic and community development for the Rhode Island Foundation, and founded the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund. Before resigning in July 2013 to run for election as Secretary of State, she was executive director of "Housing Works Rhode Island for five and a half years.[1][3]

"Incumbent Secretary of State "A. Ralph Mollis was ineligible to run for reelection in "2014 because of "term limits. Gorbea campaigned for the position on a platform of making elections fair, fast and accurate, ensuring that Rhode Island businesses can easily start and thrive, bringing transparency to government, and increasing civic engagement.[1] She defeated "Guillaume de Ramel in the Democratic "primary[5] and "Republican nominee John Carlevale in the general election.[6] She was sworn in as Secretary of State on January 6, 2015, becoming the first Hispanic to hold statewide office in New England.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Gorbea lives in "North Kingstown.[3] She and her husband, "Steven D'Hondt, have three daughters.[7][8]

Electoral history[edit]

Rhode Island Secretary of State Democratic Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nellie Gorbea 58,444 51.4
Democratic Guillaume De Ramel 55,237 48.6
Rhode Island Secretary of State Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nellie Gorbea 186,899 60.5
Republican John Carlevale, Sr. 121,466 39.3
Write-ins Write-ins 770 0.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Edward Fitzpatrick (July 25, 2013). "Crowded field shaping up for Rhode Island secretary of state race". "Providence Journal. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Gorbea for secretary of state". Providence Journal (editorial). October 16, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Edward Fitzpatrick (July 25, 2013). "Nellie Gorbea resigning post at HousingWorks RI to run for secretary of state". Providence Journal. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Karen Lee Ziner (November 4, 2014). "Gorbea wins R.I. secretary of state seat; becomes first Latino to hold statewide office in New England". Providence Journal. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Gorbea victorious in secretary of state Democratic primary". "WPRI. September 9, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Gorbea defeats Carlevale in RI Secretary of State race". WPRI. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Karen Lee Ziner (November 4, 2014). "Gorbea accepts victory in R.I. secretary of state race, first Hispanic in N.E. to win statewide office". Providence Journal. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "About Secretary Of State Nellie M. Gorbea". Rhode Island Department of State. Retrieved December 30, 2017. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
"Ralph Mollis
"Secretary of State of Rhode Island
2015–present
Incumbent
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