|Secretary of State of Rhode Island|
|Assumed office |
January 6, 2015
|Preceded by||Ralph Mollis|
|Born||July 12, 1967|
San Juan, Puerto Rico, U.S.
Princeton University (
Columbia University ( MPA)
Nellie M. Gorbea (born July 12, 1967) is an American politician. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the Secretary of State of Rhode Island. Gorbea is the first Hispanic to win statewide office in New England.
Gorbea was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.   She moved to Rhode Island in the mid-1990s. 
Gorbea was Deputy Secretary of State under Secretary of State Matthew A. Brown from 2002 through 2006.   She worked for Fleet Securities, was the program officer for economic and community development for the Rhode Island Foundation, and founded the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund. Before resigning in July 2013 to run for election as Secretary of State, she was executive director of Housing Works Rhode Island for five and a half years.  
Incumbent Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis was ineligible to run for reelection in 2014 because of term limits. Gorbea campaigned for the position on a platform of making elections fair, fast and accurate, ensuring that Rhode Island businesses can easily start and thrive, bringing transparency to government, and increasing civic engagement.  She defeated Guillaume de Ramel in the Democratic primary  and Republican nominee John Carlevale in the general election.  She was sworn in as Secretary of State on January 6, 2015, becoming the first Hispanic to hold statewide office in New England. 
|Rhode Island Secretary of State Democratic Primary Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Guillaume De Ramel||55,237||48.6|
|Rhode Island Secretary of State Election, 2014|
|Republican||John Carlevale Sr.||121,466||39.3|
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- Karen Lee Ziner (November 4, 2014). "Gorbea wins R.I. secretary of state seat; becomes first Latino to hold statewide office in New England". Providence Journal. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
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- Karen Lee Ziner (November 4, 2014). "Gorbea accepts victory in R.I. secretary of state race, first Hispanic in N.E. to win statewide office". Providence Journal. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014.
- "About Secretary Of State Nellie M. Gorbea". Rhode Island Department of State. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
Secretary of State of Rhode Island