ABOUT REP. BLAKE A FILIPPI
Blake A. Filippi (R) was chosen by the House Republican Caucus as the Minority Leader in November 2018 and then unanimously re-elected to this important position in 2020. First elected to office in November 2014, he has served four terms representing House District 36, which includes all of Block Island and Charlestown, and portions of Westerly and South Kingstown.
A Block Island family business owner, a practicing attorney for the defense of constitutional and property rights, and an organic cattle farmer, Leader Filippi is a member of the Rhode Island Farm Bureau and the Rhode Island Bar Association.
Leader Filippi distinguishes himself as a thoughtful and informed voice in the Rhode Island General Assembly where he promotes lean, ethical, effective and responsive core government functions. He believes in an honest and strong Rhode Island business climate where hard work and ingenuity is rewarded -- not connections and corporate welfare. He consistently opposes state laws that infringe on an individual’s property rights or a local government’s ability to plan their own communities, and believes in responsible stewardship of the Ocean State’s treasured environment. Leader Filippi is a strong advocate for civil rights and actively promotes legislation that defends an individual’s right to privacy in our digital age.
During the 2020/21 legislative sessions, under Filippi’s leadership, the Republican Caucus moved the needle on a number of important state government issues on behalf of Rhode Island’s hardworking taxpayers. Please click here to view the RI House Minority Report: 2020/21 Legislative Session Recap for an impressive list of caucus accomplishments.
A graduate of Lincoln High School, he received his Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona, and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the Rutgers University Camden School of Law.
In June, 2022, Filippi stepped down as Leader of the House Republican Caucus to concentrate his energies on the Joint Ccommittee on Legislative Services (JCLS) lawsuit which he filed in 2020 against the members of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services (JCLS), the General Treasurer and the State Controller. Last winter, a judge agreed to allow him to amend his complaint to mover forward. His lawsuit asserts that millions of dollars in hiring and spending decisions are made by the five-member JCLS leadership panel – of which he, as minority leader, was a member – are illegal because he was routinely excluded. The Rhode Island Constitution requires two-thirds approval in both chambers for appropriations of money for local and private purposes and Filippi contends that JCLS has been in violation of the constitution for years.
Filippi will retire from elected service at the end of his term in January, 2023.
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2019 RI FREEDOM INDEX LEGISLATOR SCORECARD
The 2019 Freedom Index was created by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity. The Freedom Index examines a legislator's voting record in terms of their likely effect on the free market, the size and scope of government, the balance of residents' interests against those of public employees and beneficiaries, and the constitutional structure of government over the people it represents. In the Rhode Island General Assembly, 95 pieces of legislation were analyzed from the 2019 legislative session. The membership of the House Republican Caucus ranked in the top fifteen of Rhode Island General Assembly legislators (there are 110) who consistently vote for liberty in the State of Rhode Island.
36TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
PO Box 298
912 Champlin Road
New Shoreham, RI 02807
82 Smith Street, Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2259
Fax: (401) 222-1209
Leader Blake Filippi Statement on House Passage of the Shoreline Access Bill
State House, Providence – Leader Blake Filippi (R-Dist. 36, New Shoreham, Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly), co-chair of the Rhode Island Shoreline Access Commission, applauds the House passage of H8055 Sub A, a bill which Filippi has co-sponsored. H8055 will ensure future generations of Rhode Islanders their constitutional right to access the shoreline:
June 2, 2022
Children First: R.I. House Republicans to Submit Floor Amendment to End State School Mask Mandate
State House, Providence, RI – Rhode Island House Republicans will submit an amendment to the Joint Resolution on Emergency Powers to be debated on the House Floor Thursday. If passed, the amendment will effectively end the Governor’s school mask mandate on February 14, 2022. The Caucus issued the following statement:
February 8, 2022
R.I. House Republicans Submit Legislation for General Assembly Accountability
Legislation calls for Representatives and Senators to take a stand on Governor’s Abuse of Emergency Powers
State House, Providence, RI – House Republicans have submitted a Joint House and Senate Resolution to enforce the 180-day limit on the Governor’s Executive Powers. In July, 2021, the General Assembly amended our General Laws, § 30-15-9(g), to limit many of the Governor’s core emergency powers to 180-days only. The 180-day limit may be extended by General Assembly. Rather than follow the law and approach the General Assembly to extend his Emergency powers beyond the 180-limit, on August 14, 2021, Governor McKee sought to skirt the law by declaring a “new” COVID state of emergency – ostensibly to provide himself with a new 180-day period without the required General Assembly approval.
January 27, 2022