He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Before he became Senator, he was Mayor of Warwick (1993-1999). His father, John Chafee, was also a Senator from Rhode Island and member of the liberal wing of the Republican Party.
After his father died in office, Chafee was appointed to fill his vacancy. He was elected to his first full term in 2000.
He was a very liberal Republican senator. He is strongly pro-choice and supports gay rights and gun control. He was the only Republican senator in 2002 to voted against war in Iraq. In 2004, he did not endorse the reelection of President George W. Bush, and urged other Republicans to write-in in the November election George H. W. Bush, not his son.
|U.S. Senator from Rhode Island