Filippi, now Republican, named minority whip

Filippi, now Republican, named minority whip


Blake Filippi- Independent State Representative for House District 36 Christine Corrigan , The Westerly Sun

PROVIDENCE — After registering as a Republican early this week, state Rep. Blake A. Filippi, who represents the 36th District towns of Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly, was unanimously elected the first millennial House minority whip by the House Republican Caucus.

An independent the last four years, Filippi said Thursday that he returned to the Republican party because he believes “they are the party of reform in Rhode Island.”

“I used to be a Republican and I left the party because I became disenchanted with both national parties in 2012,” he said. “It’s clear that the local Republicans are trying to promote clean government, promote free enterprise and protect individual liberty.”

He also said the state party’s values include defending local sovereignty and home rule, especially in zoning and planning matters.

As whip, he said his duties will be “developing policy, forming a strong team, debating on the floor, and articulating the values the caucus stands for.”

Filippi holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Arizona and a juris doctorate from the Rutgers University School of Law. He is an attorney, small-business owner and family farmer with homes in New Shoreham and Charlestown.

The caucus also unanimously elected Patricia Morgan, who represents the 26th District, which includes Coventry, Warwick and West Warwick, the first female Minority Leader in the Rhode Island House of Representatives.

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