Blake Filippi is the Republican Representative for House District 36, serving Block Island, Charlestown and parts of South Kingstown and Westerly. A Block Island family business owner, organic cattle farmer and practicing attorney, Blake was born and raised in Rhode Island, and holds a BA in history from the University of Arizona, and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law.
During Law School, Blake conducted prosecutions for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and then served as a Law Clerk in the Rhode Island Supreme Court Law Clerk Department. Now as an attorney in private practice, Blake is dedicated to the defense of our constitutional and property rights.
Blake was inspired to enter public service and defend the rights of the People by his father’s work as a civil rights leader. Paul A. Filippi had been the owner of Providence’s famed Celebrity Club — one of the first integrated music venues in the United States — despite immense pressure from government to halt integration. Paul Filippi’s struggle against immoral government action taught Blake that we citizens hold immense power to effect change and must stand tall for our beliefs.
As a State Representative, Blake is a leading advocate for reform. He promotes an honest and strong business climate that rewards hard work and ingenuity, not connections and corporate welfare. Blake believes that government must be lean and clean, and has been a staunch advocate for ethical government, including the successful 2016 push for ethics reform. Local control of planning is likewise important to our state, and Blake has consistently opposed state laws that would infringe on local governments’ ability to plan their own communities. He also believes that our beautiful environment is a human and economic treasure that it must be preserved through responsible stewardship. Finally, Blake has been a strong advocate for civil rights and actively defends our individual right to privacy in this digital age.
Blake’s goal as State Representative is for Rhode Island to realize the boundless opportunity before it. He is committed to the idea that future generations can live free and achieve in Rhode Island.
In his free time, Blake likes to practice yoga, trek, bike, swim, fish and read.
Block Island, R.I. – Republican State Representative Blake A. Filippi has announced that he will seek re-election to the District 36 seat serving Block Island, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Westerly. Filippi, an attorney, farmer and business-owner, currently serves on the Committee on Judiciary, the Committee on Municipal Government, the Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources, and as Vice-Chair of the House Commission to Study Methods for Growing Tourism.
Filippi declared that he “wants to continue to advocate for South County values: an honest and strong business climate that rewards hard work and not insider dealings, lean and clean government, environmental preservation, local control of planning, and the protection of individual liberty.”
Said Filippi of this term’s highlights: “I advocated for the successful passage and placement on the ballot of the proposed Constitutional Amendment to reassert full Ethics Commission of the General Assembly. We also helped to protect our Westerly and Charlestown neighbors by advancing landmark legislation to empower DEM to control fugitive dust from Copar Quarry. Tax reductions for our seniors were realized in the last two budgets. I was a lead opposition voice to the RhodeWorks tolling proposal and developed an alternative funding stream to fix our bridges with tax dollars already in the budget. I stood for reduced costs to small business and the elimination of the hated car tax. I fought the abuse-ridden legislative grant program and helped expose CommerceRI’s failed “Cooler and Warmer” campaign. We passed a critical bill to protect our privacy by requiring law enforcement obtain a warrant before accessing our cell phone location data — with emergency exceptions. I also protected municipal sovereignty and opposed the onslaught of bills to undermine local self-governance in zoning and planning matters.”
“I have always been just a cell phone call away – and hope to continue working on behalf of our House District 36 for another two years,” said Filippi in closing.