Edward D. DiPrete


Edward D. DiPrete

Edward Daniel DiPrete (born July 8, 1934), U.S. Republican Party politician, He served as Governor of Rhode Island from 1985 to 1991, and was defeated for reelection in a landslide by former federal prosecutor Bruce Sundlun in 1990.

He was born in Cranston, Rhode Island. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, and received honorary degrees from Holy Cross, Providence College, Bryant College, and the University of Rhode Island. From 1970 to 1974, he served on the Cranston School Committee. From 1974 to 1978, he served as an at-large member of the Cranston City Council. He served as mayor of the city from 1978 to 1985.

In December 1998, he pleaded guilty to state charges of bribery, extortion, and racketeering and was sentenced to a year in prison after he admitted accepting $250,000 in exchange for state contracts during his term as Governor. In addition, his state retirement pension was revoked, despite attempts to have it reinstated.


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