|Governor of Rhode Island|
|January 4, 2011 - Present|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Donald Carcieri (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 2, 2010|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|United States Senator|
|November 2, 1999 – January 3, 2007|
|Mayor of Warwick|
|Birthday||March 26, 1953|
|Place of birth||Providence, RI|
Prior to his Senate term, Chafee was a delegate to Rhode Island's Constitutional Convention and a member of the City Council of Warwick, Rhode Island. From there, he was elected as the Mayor of Warwick.
The former Republican and sole sitting Independent governor, Chafee is considering running for re-election on the Democratic ticket in 2014.
Chafee is a Rhode Island native, growing up in one of the state's political families. As an undergraduate he studied Classics as well as captaining the wrestling team. After undergraduate work. he studied at the Montana State University horseshoeing school in Bozeman, Montana and spent seven years working as a farrier at racetracks in the U.S. and Canada.
He entered politics in 1985 when he was a delegate to Rhode Island's Constitutional Convention. The next year, he won election to Warwick's City Council. In 1992, he became the city's Mayor, a post he held until his Senate appointment in 1999.
Following the end of his Senate career, Chafee accepted a post as a distinguished visiting fellow at Brown University's Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, where he worked with undergraduates studying America's foreign policy until his January 2010 announcement of his candidacy for the governorship.
- Montana State University
- B.A., Brown University
- Phillips Academy
Rhode Island Governor (2011-present)
Chafee was sworn in as Governor of Rhode Island on January 4, 2011, at which time he became be America's only sitting governor not to belong to one of the major parties.
Governor-elect Chafee's transition site was at Governor Elect Chafee. Graham Vyse served as the point of contact, available at firstname.lastname@example.org. and at 401-535-8834. Mike Trainor continued his campaign role as spokesman for Chafee, with the title of Deputy Transition Director. The first round of names announced for the transition team included Chairman Patrick Rogers, aided by Stephen Hourahan as Transition Director, Michael Trainor, Director of Transition Policy Jonathan Stevens, and Judge Stephen Erickson as the Transition Legislative Liaison/Legal Adviser.
Additionally, a transition advisory committee was named, with Helena Buonanno Foulkes, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer at CVS Caremark; Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, Associate Chair for Community Relationships in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women and Infants' Hospital, and CEO of Women's Care; Meg Curran, former U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island; and Robert A. Walsh, Jr, Director of the National Education Association Rhode Island. On November 17, 2010, Chafee added Margaret Holland McDuff, Claire Richards, and John Simmons.
In his budget for fiscal year 2014, Chafee proposed decreasing the state corporate tax rate from 9 to 7 percent over the next three years. The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity commended the governor for proposing New England's lowest corporate tax rate but suggested that its own proposal for eliminating Rhode Island's 7 percent sales tax would be much more effective at creating jobs. After comparing the two proposals with the Center's own tax modeling algorithm, Center CEO Mike Stenhouse claimed that ending the sales tax would create 23,873 jobs in the state over the next three years, but Chafee's proposal would only add 144.
Chafee played a major role in overhauling the state's employee pension system. In 2011, Rhode Island General Treasurer Gina Raimondo (D) ordered new estimates of the state's pension liability. Finding that the liability increased from $4.9 billion to $7.3 billion, Raimondo pushed the issue to the top of the agenda. Raimondo and Chafee introduced a complicated plan to deal with the issue, which met with bipartisan support in both chambers and was passed in November 2011.
Chaffee is eligible for re-election in 2014. The country's only Independent governor, Chafee endorsed Democratic President Obama in 2008 and 2012, is considering running as a Democrat in the 2014 election. His primary motivation in switching parties would be gaining the ability to fund a competitive re-election campaign. "There is no independent governors association throwing money around ... but there is a Democratic Governors Association," he told The Associated Press in December 2012. Reaffirming his concerns, a report released by Governing in December 2012 named Chafee as one of five governors considered vulnerable to losing re-election in 2013-2014.
|Governor of Rhode Island, 2010|
|Democratic||Frank T. Caprio||23%||78,896|
|Republican||John F. Robitaille||33.6%||114,911|
|Independent||Joseph M. Lusi||0.3%||1,091|
Comprehensive donor information for Chafee is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Chafee raised a total of $3,055,383 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 11, 2013.
|Lincoln Chafee's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Governor of Rhode Island||$424,467|
|2010||Governor of Rhode Island||$2,630,916|
|Grand Total Raised||$3,055,383|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Lincoln Chafee's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Lincoln Chafee's Campaign Contributions|
Governor of Rhode Island
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$1,790,833 (Rep); $629,803 (Dem)|
|Top 5 contributors||Lincoln Chafee||$1,600|
|Rhode Island Education Association||$3,000|
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- Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island Governor, Talks GOP's Stance On Gay Marriage ... - Huffington Post
- Gov. Chafee pulls request for raises - Providence Eyewitness News
- Rhode Island lawmakers pass gay marriage bill; governor to sign it - Yahoo! News
- RI Governor Sides With Former Rival on EDC Revamp Plan - Game Politics
- Chafee Says He'll Sign Rhode Island Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage - Bloomberg
- RI Gov. Chafee picks PR, design exec for EDC - WLNE-TV (ABC6)
- RI lawmakers move to block Chafee cabinet raises - Boston.com
- Doherty: No plans to run for governor - Providence Eyewitness News
- RI lawmakers to vote on gay marriage - U-T San Diego
- Chafee Checking Beach Repairs Today - Patch.com
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- Governor of Rhode Island
- Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island
- Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts
- Biography at the National Governors Association
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Works by or about Lincoln Chafee in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Profile at Facebook
- Profile at Twitter
- Video Channel on YouTube
- Profile at Notable Names Database
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- ↑ Rhode Island Governor "About" Accessed November 3, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Chaffee for Governor "About" Accessed November 3, 2012
- ↑ The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
- ↑ Governor Elect Chafee, "Biographies: Chafee Transition Leadership Team, Transition Advisory Committee", November 8, 2010
- ↑ RI Government, "Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee Names Three New Members of Transition Leadership Team", November 17, 2010
- ↑ Mike Stenhouse, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, "Corporate Tax Cut is Not a Game-Changer for RI," January 17, 2013
- ↑ National Review, "Rhode Island’s Pension Reform, Plus Thoughts on Sustainable Victories," November 18, 2011
- ↑ Huffington Post, "Rhode Island Pension Reform Bill Heads To Legislative Vote Next Week ," November 11, 2011
- ↑ RI Government, "Media Advisory: Chafee to Announce Nominee for Director of Administration This Morning—11/16/2010", November 16, 2010
- ↑ RI Government, "Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee Announces Richard Licht as Choice for DOA Director—11/15/2010", November 15, 2010
- ↑ Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
- ↑ AP election guide - Hosted by NPR, "Rhode Island State Profile," accessed February 4, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Lincoln Chafee," accessed May 11, 2013
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
Donald Carcieri (R)
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