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Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis' statement on the passing of former Secretary of State Susan L. Farmer

Secretary Mollis is saddened to learn of the passing of Susan L. Farmer

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is saddened to learn of the passing of former Secretary of State Susan L. Farmer.

"Susan Farmer, the first woman ever elected to General Office in Rhode Island was a political trailblazer, serving two consecutive terms. She was also the first Republican to be elected to Secretary of State in 44 years, and forged a path for Rhode Island women for generations to come. More recently I had the honor of working with Susan as she continued her public service by sitting on the Board of Elections. It was an honor to work with her, to know her and she will be sadly missed," Mollis said. "My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends."

Farmer was elected to office on November 2, 1982. She was also named Woman of the year in 1980 by the National Women's Political Caucus, RI Chapter.

She was also a graduate of Wheeler School, and Brown University Extension Division in Providence.

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 09-17-2013

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