Governor, 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. Rhode Island’s unemployment rate — the highest in the country during her first campaign for governor — is now below the national average and the lowest it’s been in three decades.
Governor Raimondo knows that investing in Rhode Island’s students from Pre-K to college is investing in the state’s future. During her first year in office, she implemented universal all-day kindergarten. She’s fought to expand access to Pre-K because she believes that every Rhode Island child — regardless of their race, socioeconomic status or zip code — deserves a strong start.
Gina believes that all students should have access to the skills they need to get high-wage, high-demand jobs in today’s economy. She fought for tiered reimbursement to improve access to high quality child care, and she launched CS4RI, making Rhode Island the first state in America to offer computer science in every public school. She also led the fight to make a $1 billion investment in school construction so every child has a chance to learn in an environment that’s warm, safe, dry and equipped for the 21st century.
College affordability is one of the Governor’s top priorities, and she’s committed to removing financial barriers that stand between students and their career goals. Thanks to her leadership, PSAT and SAT testing is available for free and during the school day at every public high school in the state. Thanks to her efforts, SAT participation has increased by 20 percent. In 2017, Gina announced the Rhode Island Promise Scholarship. After it passed the state legislature, Rhode Island became the fourth state in America to offer tuition free community college to every high school graduate.
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.