Of the 114 legislative districts in Rhode Island, President Donald Trump carried 28 of them. But only nine of those districts sent Republicans to the General Assembly. That means there are 19 Democratic legislators who represent districts that voted for Trump in 2016.
The most famous example is House Speaker Nick Mattiello, whose Cranston district voted for Trump 54 percent to 39 percent. But Mattiello is far from alone among House leadership in representing districts that voted for Trump.
Majority Leader Joe Sherkarchi’s Warwick district voted for Trump over Clinton 46 percent to 45.4 percent. House Pro Tempore Brian Kennedy’s district in Westerly/Hopkinton voted for Trump over Clinton 49 percent to 42.6 percent. And three deputy majority leader’s districts voted for Trump over Clinton: Rep. Greg Costantino’s Johnston/Smithfield district voted for Trump over Clinton 53.4 percent to 39.2 percent. Rep. Deb Fellala’s Johnston district voted for Trump 53.8 percent to 40.7 percent. Rep. Steve Casey’s Woonsocket district narrowly voted for Trump over Clinton 45.6 percent to 45.5 percent.
The House minority leadership isn’t immune to a similar but opposite dynamic. Both Minority Leader Blake Filippi and Senior Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Giarrusso represent districts that Clinton carried, taking Filippi’s Charlestown/Block Island district 52.2 percent to 38.9 percent. Clinton won Giarrusso’s East Greenwich district 50.1 percent to 41.7 percent.
There are 12 House Democrats who represent districts Trump won and eight Senators. There are four House Republicans who represent districts that voted for Clinton and two senators.
Here are the remaining legislative Democrats who represent districts Trump won, and the Republicans who represent districts Clinton won.
Republicans in Clinton districts:
- Sen Mark Gee, SD35, EG/NK/Narragansett/SK. 50.1% – 41.1%
- Sen Dennis Algiere, SD38, Westerly. 48.2% – 43.3%
- Rep. Ken Mendonca, HD72, Portsmouth 52% – 39.1%
- Rep. Robert Lancia, HD16, 47.6% – 45.7%
Democrats in Trump districts
- Rep. Steve Ucci, HD42, Johnston. 53/3% – 41.1%
- Rep. Cale Keable, HD47, Burrillville/Glocester. 55.9% – 35.3%
- Rep. Pat Serpa, HD27, West Warwick. 47.3% – 45.2%
- Rep. Tom Winfield, HD53, Smithfield. 49.6% – 42.3%
- Rep. Joe Solomon, HD22, Warwick. 46.8% – 44.2%
- Rep. Jared Nunes, HD25, Coventry. 47.4% – 44.1%
- Sen. Hannah Gallo, SD27, Cranston. 47.6% – 45.5$
- Sen. Steve Archambault, SD22, Johnston. 48.8% – 43.4%
- Sen. Frank Lombardi, SD26, Cranston. 50.1% – 44.1%
- Sen Frank Lombardo, SD25, Johnston. 54.3% – 40.4%
- Sen. Lou Raptakis, SD33, EG/WG/Coventry. 51.9% – 40%
- Sen. Adam Satchell, SD09, West Warwick. 46.8% – 45.6%
- Sen. Paul Fogarty, SD23, Burrillville/Glocester. 54.9% – 36.7%
Correction: An earlier version of this post said there are seven members of the House leadership team. Here is the full House leadership organizational chart:
Majority Leader Shekarchi
Majority Whip Jay Edwards
Deputy Majority Whip Chris Blazejewski
Deputy Speaker Charlene Lima
Speaker Pro Tem Brian Kennedy
Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Grace Diaz
Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ken Marshall
Deputy Majority Leaders: