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Lincoln Chafee

Lincoln ChafeeAKA Lincoln Davenport Chafee

Born: 26-Mar-1953
Birthplace: Warwick, RI

Gender: Male
Religion: Anglican/Episcopalian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Governor of Rhode Island

Son of John H. Chafee, grand-nephew of Henry F. Lippitt, both long-time Republican Senators from Rhode Island. Also a grand-nephew of early 20th century civil rights activist Zechariah Chafee. Educated in private schools and worked as a blacksmith before entering politics, as city councilman and later mayor of Warwick, RI.

Almost literally inherited his US Senate seat he was appointed 2 November 1999 to fulfill his father's term after the elder Chafee's death. Elected to a full term in 2000, defeating Congressman Robert Weygand. Moderate Republican whilst in the Senate. Supported abortion rights, gay rights, pay-as-you-go legislation, tax subsidies for companies which move US jobs offshore, and the USA PATRIOT Act. Only Republican in the Senate who opposed the 2003 Iraq war authorization. Defeated for re-election by Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006.

Publicly resigned from the Republican Party after leaving the Senate, declaring himself an independent and complaining of Republicans' rightward drift on issues including the economy, the environment, and the war in Iraq. Elected Governor of Rhode Island in 2010, succeeding term-limited Republican Don Carcieri and becoming the first independent candidate elected to that post. Switched to the Democratic Party in 2013.


[1] Switched from Republican to Independent in 2007 and from Independent to Democratic on May 30, 2013.

Father: John H. Chafee (US Senator)
Mother: Virginia Coates Chafee (environmental activist)
Brother: Zecharia
Sister: Tribbie (d. riding accident)
Brother: John
Sister: Georgia
Brother: Quentin
Wife: Stefanie
Daughter: Louisa
Son: Caleb
Daughter: Thea

    High School: Phillips Academy Andover (1971)
    University: BA Classics, Brown University (1975)
    University: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
    Fellow: Dist. Visiting Fellow, Watson Institute for Int'l Studies, Brown University (2007-09)

    Governor of Rhode Island (2011-)
    US Senator, Rhode Island (1999-2007)
    Mayor of Warwick, RI (1992-99)
    City Council Warwick, RI (1986-92)
    General Dynamics Planning Dept., Electric Boat Co., Quonset, RI (1986-90)
    Blacksmith at harness racetracks in Canada, Florida, and Kentucky (1976-83)
    George W. Bush for President
    Log Cabin Republicans National Advisory Board
    NARAL
    National Student Leadership Conference Honorary Board of Advisors
    Republican Main Street Partnership
    Ripon Society Honorary Advisory Board
    Obama for America
    Santorum 2006
    Risk Factors: Cocaine, Marijuana

Author of books:
Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President (2008, politics)


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