Blake Filippi

Blake Anthony Filippi (born September 10, 1980) is a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives and the House Minority Leader. Filippi is from the 36th district, which includes all of Block Island and Charlestown and portions of Westerly and South Kingstown.[1] Blake Filippi received his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and is currently a member of the Republican Party.[2] He has served since he was first elected in 2014, defeating incumbent Democratic Representative Donna M. Walsh.[3] He was unanimously elected as Minority Leader of Rhode Island House of Representatives by the Republican Caucus in 2018, and previously, as Whip in 2016.[4]

Blake Filippi
Minority Leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
Assumed office
November 7, 2018
Preceded byPatricia Morgan
Member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives
from the 36th district
Assumed office
January 2015
Preceded byDonna M. Walsh
Personal details
Born (1980-09-10) September 10, 1980 (age 41)
Lincoln, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (Before 2012, 2016–present)
Independent (2012–2016)
EducationUniversity of Arizona (BA)
Rutgers University, Camden (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

In February 2020, he spoke in favor of the presidential campaign of Tulsi Gabbard.[5]

In January of 2021, when questioned about RI Rep Justin Price attending the pro-Trump Capital Riots in Washington DC, Filippi was quoted as saying “House members are expelled for bad acts, not bad thoughts. There are no allegations that Rep. Price did anything other than attend what he believed to be a lawful protest, and to express his opinion about what happened that sad day — and this is where a House inquiry ends."[6]