Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Rhode Island

Rhode Island elected its first female governor in 2014. Rhode Island ranks last (sixth) in New England for representation in mayoral offices as only one of the ten mayors are women. Just over a quarter (25.2%) of municipal officials are women.

Women Municipal Officials Rhode Island 2005-2014

Rhode Island Mayors by Sex, 2014

Women in the Rhode Island State Legislature 1979-2013

Female Elected Officials in Rhode Island: Congressional, Statewide, Legislative, and Municipal, 2014

  Total Number of Women Percent Women
U.S. Senate 2 0 0%
U.S. House 2 0 0%
Statewide* 5 2 40%
RI Legislature 113 30 26.5%
RI Senate 38 9 23.7%
RI House of Representatives 75 21 28%
Municipal Governing Bodies** 238 60 25.2%

*Includes: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer.
** Does not include school board/school committee positions.

Sources: Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy analysis of data collected from the Center for American Women in Politics, 2014

Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy analysis of data collected from the RI Government Owner's Manual Directory of Government Officials, 2014.


Did you know?

In 2014, Gina Raimondo (D) became the first woman elected governor in Rhode Island.

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