|Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
from the 12th (Providence) district
5 January 1999 – 4 January 2011
|Succeeded by||Leo Medina (D-12)|
|Born||Joseph S. Almeida, Jr.
September 23, 1957
|Alma mater||Roger Williams College|
Almeida was born on September 23, 1957, in Providence. He attended high school at the La Salle Academy, graduating in 1975, and majored with a BA from the Roger Williams College in 1990. He is married and has 5 children. In September 1997, Almeida retired as a Providence police officer.
Almeida was a financial strategist and owned a bar prior to being first elected a Rhode Island State Representative, on November 3, 1998. He is a member of the Constituent Services, Economic Development, Finance, and Veterans Affairs committees. He is also the chairman of the Rhode Island General Assembly's Minority Caucus. In the 2008 elections, he stood for reelection without opponents, winning 3056 votes. Almeida lost in the Democratic Primary election on 14 September 2010 to Leo Medina who was unopposed in the general election. Almeida was elected again in November 2012 and returned to represent District 12. 
On February 10, 2015, Almeida was arrested and charged by Rhode Island State Police for misappropriating $6,122 in campaign funds for personal use. Almeida pleaded not guilty.
- McGowan, Dan (10 February 2015). "Rep. Almeida arrested over campaign finances". wpri.com. WPRI Eyewitness News. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
- "Candidatos luso-descendentes saem-se bem nas eleições" (in Portuguese). O Jornal.com. 2008-11-07.
- "2010 General Election Results District 12". Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved 12 December 2010.
- "Biography of Representative Joseph S. Almeida". State of Rhode Island General Assembly. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
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