RI STATE HOUSE — The House Republican Caucus has unanimously elected Representative
Patricia Morgan (R-District 26; Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) as the first female
House Minority Leader. The House Republican Caucus has also unanimously elected
Representative Blake A. Filippi (R-District 36; Block Island, Charlestown, South
Kingstown, Westerly) as the first millennial House Minority Whip.

Leader Morgan declared: “It is a privilege to have the overwhelming support of my
colleagues in the Republican Caucus. I look forward to studying policies and
crafting legislation to address our stagnant economy, reform government, find
solutions to overregulation, and ultimately to protect the taxpayers. Rhode Island
should expect a robust agenda during our next legislative session.”

Whip Filippi stated: “I’m happy for the opportunity to advance individual liberty,
free markets and limited and clean government as Minority Whip. Adherence to these
principles will reform Rhode Island into the state we deserve.”

Leader Morgan holds a Master’s degree in education from Rhode Island College. She
earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Kent State University and an advanced degree
from Providence College, and also attended Mississippi State University. Leader
Morgan is a financial advisor and has three sons; Bernie, Stephen and Brian.

Whip 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.