Elizabeth H. Roberts

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Elizabeth Roberts
Elizabeth Roberts 2009.jpg
Rhode Island Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
January 6, 2015 – February 14, 2017
GovernorGina Raimondo
Preceded bySteven M. Costantino
Succeeded byEric Beane
68th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
In office
January 2, 2007 – January 6, 2015
GovernorDonald Carcieri
Lincoln Chafee
Preceded byCharles Fogarty
Succeeded byDaniel McKee
Personal details
Born (1957-04-17) April 17, 1957 (age 61)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Thomas Roberts
Alma materBrown University
Boston University

Elizabeth H. Roberts (born April 17, 1957) was the 68th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island from 2007 to 2015. She has served under Republican Governor Donald Carcieri and Independent-turned Democrat Lincoln Chafee. She was elected as a Democrat in 2006, becoming the state's first female Lieutenant Governor and was succeeded by Daniel McKee on January 6, 2015.

Roberts was born April 17, 1957 in Washington, DC. She graduated from Brown University in 1978 and earned an MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University in 1984.[1]

Prior to entering politics, Roberts has worked as a business strategy consultant, policy analyst, and health care manager. She is married to Thomas Roberts and they have two grown children. The Roberts family resides in Cranston, Rhode Island.[1]

Political career[edit]

Roberts served five two-year terms in the Rhode Island Senate from 1996 until 2006.[1] During her tenure in the state Senate, she was known for being a leading activist on health and medical issues. She was also renowned for her efforts on economic development and job growth, and pushed for cleaner air and water, stronger schools, and increased attention to disaster preparedness.

During her tenure in the state Senate she served as the Chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Later, she served as a Co-Chair of Permanent Joint Committee on Healthcare Oversight, which she used as a vehicle to push for reform for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the largest provider of health insurance in Rhode Island.

Roberts also helped expand the state’s prescription drug program for seniors (RIPAE) and helped expand coverage to more families through Rite Care, the state's public health system.

The reform organization Common Cause named Roberts one of the top two senators in Rhode Island in 2006, giving her the second highest rating in the General Assembly at 91% and an “A” for her reform efforts during the legislative session.

Roberts was elected the state's first female Lieutenant Governor in the 2006 elections held on November 7. She was inaugurated as the 68th Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island on January 2, 2007.

Roberts also serves as the Chairwoman of the Long Term Care Coordinating Council, the Small Business Advocacy Council, and the Emergency Management Advisory Council.

Roberts floated the possibility of running for Governor of Rhode Island in the 2010 election, but decided to run for re-election as Lieutenant Governor instead.[2] She chose not to run for any office in 2014. Following the 2014 election, then Governor-elect Gina Raimondo announced Roberts's nomination as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services which is subject confirmation by the state legislature.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "About Elizabeth Roberts". Rhode Island Office of the Lt. Governor. Retrieved January 21, 2010.
  2. ^ Rhody Governor's Race in National Eye
  3. ^ Raimondo taps Roberts ’78 for cabinet position (Brown Daily Herald article-December 8, 2014)
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles J. Fogarty
Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
2007 – 2015
Succeeded by
Daniel McKee

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