Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea was re-elected in 2018 to serve Rhode Island for a second term and continue making government work for people. She made history when she was sworn in on January 6, 2015, becoming the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England. As Secretary of State, she has developed online resources and reduced red tape to make it easier for small businesses to start and grow. Additionally, she instituted comprehensive lobby reform to reduce the power of special interests and make government more transparent.
As Governor, Nellie will focus on local economic development, including helping small businesses grow after the effects of the pandemic. She’ll work to improve schools and build more affordable housing so young people, families and our workforce can stay in Rhode Island. Nellie is determined to make Rhode Island a leader in renewable energy jobs as well as address climate change.