Lincoln Chafee

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Senator Lincoln Chafee (R-RI)

Lincoln Davenport Chafee (born March 26, 1953) is an American politician. He was the Governor of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015. Before becoming governor, he was a junior U.S. Senator of Rhode Island from 1999 to 2007.

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.

In January 2006, he was also the only Republican senator to vote against Samuel Alito to the United States Supreme Court.

He was defeated for reelection in the Senate in 2006 by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. On September 4, 2013, Chafee announced that he would not run for re-election as Governor of Rhode Island.

Came before:
John Chafee
U.S. Senator from Rhode Island
1999-2007
Came after:
Sheldon Whitehouse