Representative Lauren Carson (D – District 75, Newport) will be returning to the State House in 2017. Newport voters chose to send the Democratic candidate back to the State House, instead of Independent candidate Mike Smith.

Carson defeated Smith 56.1% to 43.5%.

“Thank you, RI House District 75. I won my first re-election. Great race, worked hard, ready to work hard again. Thank you to my friends and family. Happy tonight,” Representative Carson shared on Facebook on Tuesday evening.

Lauren Carson was elected in November, 2014 when she defeated Peter Martin.  She is a member of the House Oversight Committee and the House Small Business Committee.

Employed by Rhode Island Clean Water Action, she has also served on the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Livable Newport, the Newport Energy & Environment Commission and the Environmental Council of the Rhode Island Educational Fund Board.

She obtained a Master’s degree in History from the University of Rhode Island in 2008 and her Master in Business degree from URI in 1992, and earned a BA in sociology from Ramapo College in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Benedictine Academy in New Jersey. 

Representative in General Assembly District 75

CandidateTotal votesPct
Lauren H. Carson (DEM)247656.1%
Michael Warren Smith (Ind)192043.5%

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