elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Deb Ruggiero & Joyce Ioanes

Deborah L. Ruggiero (born April 2, 1958), commonly known as Deb Ruggiero, is an American radio personality and politician from Jamestown, Rhode Island. A Democrat, she serves in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing the 74th district, which contains all of Jamestown and part of Middletown. Ruggiero was first elected in November 2008 and took office on January 6, 2009.

In 2008, Ruggiero challenged 28-year incumbent Bruce J. Long (R–Middletown) for the 74th district seat. Long, a Republican, was the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives and was seeking his fifteenth term. In the election held on November 4, 2008, Ruggiero defeated Long by 54% to 46%, carrying each of the district's six precincts. She was re-elected in 2010, winning 53% in a three-way race. Her Republican and Independent opponents took 31% and 16% of the vote respectively.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Ruggiero went to high school in Lincoln, Rhode Island before attending Boston College, graduating magna cum laude with a double major in English and Communications. She has spent her career in the media, working first for CBS radio in Boston, then for FOX TV and WPRI-TV for 8 years. Since 2000, she has served as Director of Community and Business Development at Citadel Radio, the owners of WPRO and WPRO-FM. Since 1992, she has also taught a class in Broadcast Advertising at Providence College.

A supporter of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Ruggiero attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver as an alternate.

Ruggiero is lesbian; her partner of 22 and a half years, Joyce Ioanes, died of cancer in 2007. She is one of four openly LGBT members of the Rhode Island General Assembly, alongside House Speaker Gordon D. Fox (D–Providence), Rep. Frank Ferri (D–Warwick) and Sen. Donna Nesselbush (D–Pawtucket).

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deb_Ruggiero

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/4287029.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
Tags: gay classics, leader: deb ruggiero, persistent voices, real life romance

  • Patrick Leahy & T. R. Knight

    Theodore Raymond "T. R." Knight (born March 26, 1973) is an American actor known for his role as Dr. George O'Malley on the ABC's medical…

  • Elizabeth Reynard & Virginia Gildersleeve

    Caroline Frances Eleanor Spurgeon (24 October 1869, India – 24 October 1942, Tucson, Arizona) was an English literary critic. She was educated…

  • Patrick Abner & Thomas Roberts

    Thomas Albert Roberts (born October 5, 1972) is an American television journalist who, since April 2010, has served as a news anchor for MSNBC, a…

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded