State of Rhode Island
On January 6, 2015, Gina M. Raimondo became the 75th Governor of Rhode Island and the state’s first female governor. During her time in office, Governor Raimondo has kick-started the state’s economy and created thousands of jobs. She’s made record investments in infrastructure, education and job training. Under her leadership, Rhode Island became the fourth state in the country to offer tuition-free community college to every high school graduate.
Governor Raimondo knows that climate change is a major threat to the Ocean State and its 400 miles of coastline. When the Trump administration pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord, the Governor committed Rhode Island to meeting its goals. Unlike leaders in Washington, Gina knows that the future of energy is offshore wind, not offshore drilling. Rhode Island is the first--and still only--state in America with an offshore wind farm and thanks to the Governor’s leadership, by 2023, Rhode Island will be able to power half its homes by wind alone. Rhode Island is now a member of RGGI, a regional climate alliance that seeks to curb carbon emissions. The Governor also taken executive action to combat the issue of plastic pollution, and supports investments to preserve Rhode Island’s state parks and beaches.
Before becoming Governor, Gina served as Rhode Island’s General Treasurer. She has a background in venture capital and holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale. Gina and her husband Andy live in Providence with their two kids, Ceci and Tommy, and their rescue dog, Sparky.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
9:05 AM – 9:10 AM