Lincoln Chafee

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Lincoln Chafee
Lincoln Chafee official portrait.jpeg
74th Governor of Rhode Island
State of Rhode Island
January 4, 2011—January 6, 2015
Predecessor: Don Carcieri
Successor: Gina Raimondo
United States Senator
State of Rhode Island
November 2, 1999—January 3, 2007
Predecessor: John Chafee
Successor: Sheldon Whitehouse
Mayor
Warwick
January 1, 1993—November 1, 1999
Predecessor: Charles Donovan
Successor: Scott Avedisian
Personal Details
Birth: March 26, 1953
Education: Brown University
Party: Libertarian (2019–present)
Democratic (2013–2019)
Independent (2007–2013)
Republican (before 2007)
Twitter: [@LincolnChafee Twitter]

Lincoln Davenport Chafee (born March 26, 1953), is an American politician from Rhode Island. He was mayor of Warwick from 1993 to 1999, was appointed to the United States Senate in 1999 following his father's death and served until 2007, and the 74th Governor of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015. Chafee has sought and served in office as an Republican mayor and senator, independent governor, and Democratic presidential candidate, and is speculated to run for the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2020.[1]

Personal

Lincoln Chafee was born on March 26, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island, the son of Virginia and John Chafee. He attended public schools in Warwick, Rhode Island, Providence Country Day School, and graduated from Phillips Academy in 1971. Chafee graduated from Brown University in 1975 gaining a bachelor of arts in classics. In January 1990 he married Stephanie Birney Danforth and has since had three children with her.

Politics

Chafee began his political career as a Republican when in 1986 he was elected to Warwick's city council and reelected in 1988.[2] In 1990 Chafee attempted to become mayor of Warwick, but was defeated by Charles Donovan. In 1992 Chafee defeated Donovan and was reelected three more times until the death of his father in 1999 when Governor Lincoln Almond appointed him to serve out the rest of his father's term.[3][4]

Electoral history

1990 Warwick, Rhode Island Mayoral Election
Party Candidate Percent Votes
Democratic Charles Donovan 47.39% 17,197
Republican Lincoln Chafee 40.76% 14,819
Independent Alfred Gemma 11.95% 4,346
1998 Warwick, Rhode Island Mayoral Election[5]
Party Candidate Percent Votes
Republican Lincoln Chafee (incumbent) 57.56% 17,808
Democratic George Zainyeh 39.83% 12,323
Cool Moose Timothy Rossano 2.54% 786
Independent Write-in 0.07% 22
2000 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election – Republican Primary[6]
Party Candidate Percent Votes
Republican Lincoln Chafee (incumbent) 100.00% 2,221
2000 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election[7]
Party Candidate Percent Votes
Republican Lincoln Chafee (incumbent) 56.88% 222,588
Democratic Robert Weygand 41.15% 161,023
Reform Christopher F. Young 1.05% 4,107
Independent Kenneth P. Proulx 0.93% 3,635
2006 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election – Republican Primary[8]
Party Candidate Percent Votes
Republican Lincoln Chafee (incumbent) 54.17% 34,934
Republican Stephen Laffey 45.83 29,556
2006 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election[9]
Party Candidate Percent Votes
Democratic Sheldon Whitehouse 53.47% 206,110
Republican Lincoln Chafee (incumbent) 46.44% 179,001
Republican (write-in) Stephen Laffey 0.05% 185
Independent Write-in 0.04% 155
2010 Rhode Island Gubernatorial Election[10]
Party Candidate Percent Votes
Independent Lincoln Chafee 36.10% 123,571
Republican John Robitaille 33.57% 114,911
Democratic Frank Caprio 23.05% 78,896
Moderate Ken Block 6.47% 22,146
Independent Joeseph Lusi 0.32% 1,091
Independent Todd Giroux 0.26% 882
Independent Ronald Algieri 0.23% 793

References

  1. "Chafee discusses 2020 Libertarian presidential bid". http://cranstononline.com/stories/chafee-opens-up-on-libertarian-presidential-bid,145220. 
  2. "Children of famous win vote support". https://www.newspapers.com/clip/36004037/the_desert_sun/. 
  3. "Warwick, RI - Mayor 1998". https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=457598. 
  4. "Chafee's son named to fill father's Senate seat". https://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1999/11/02/chafee.appointed/index.html. 
  5. "1998 Warwick, Rhode Island Mayoral Election". https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=457598. 
  6. "2000 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election – Republican Primary". https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=208045. 
  7. "2000 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election". https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=113. 
  8. "2006 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election – Republican Primary". https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=114319. 
  9. "2006 Rhode Island U.S. Senate Election". https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=83037. 
  10. "2010 Rhode Island Gubernatorial Election". https://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=409679.