|Frank G. Ferri|
|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
from the 22nd district
December 19, 2007
|Preceded by||Peter T. Ginaitt|
|Succeeded by||Joseph J. Solomon, Jr.|
February 2, 1954 |
|Residence||Warwick, Rhode Island|
|Alma mater||Bryant University|
Frank G. Ferri (born February 2, 1954) is an American politician who was a Democratic member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, representing the 22nd district from October 24, 2007 until January 6, 2015. A Rhode Island native, Ferri grew up in Providence before earning a degree in business from Bryant University. His district is located in Warwick and includes the neighborhoods of Warwick Neck and Oakland Beach.
Ferri won the Democratic primary election held on October 24, 2007 to succeed Rep. Peter T. Ginaitt (D-Warwick), who had stepped down halfway through his eighth two-year term. Ferri won 57% of the vote in the three-way primary election, defeating party-endorsed candidate Edgar Ladouceur and Olin Thompson. In the general election held on November 27, 2007, he faced Republican Jonathan Wheeler and independent Carlo Pisaturo, receiving 53% of the vote to Wheeler's 33% and Pisaturo's 14%. He was sworn-in on December 19, 2007. He ran for re-election in 2008 and 2010, prevailing on each occasion. In 2014, Ferri retired from the House of Representatives and ran for election to the office of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor, but he did not win the Democratic nomination.
He has been a Warwick resident since 1985 and owns the Town Hall Lanes bowling alley. The former chair of Marriage Equality RI, he is openly gay. Along with Reps. Gordon D. Fox (D-Providence) and Deb Ruggiero (D-Jamestown), and Sen. Donna Nesselbush (D-Pawtucket), he served as one of four openly LGBT members of the Rhode Island General Assembly. His campaigns have won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund.
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- "Ferri wins special election for District 22 House seat in Warwick", Providence Journal, 2007-11-28, retrieved 2007-12-01
- "Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
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- Rhode Island House - Representative Frank Ferri official RI House website
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- In-depth profile in the Providence Journal
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