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Lincoln Chafee
Lincoln Chafee.jpg
Governor of Rhode Island
In office
January 4, 2011 - Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
PredecessorDonald Carcieri (R)
Base salary$129,210
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,055,383
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. Senate, Rhode Island
November 2, 1999 – January 3, 2007
Mayor of Warwick
Bachelor'sBrown University
Date of birthMarch 26, 1953
Place of birthProvidence, RI
Office website
Campaign website
Lincoln Chafee (b. March 26, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island) is the current Democratic Governor of Rhode Island. First elected to the governorship as an Independent on November 2, 2010, he became the only governor not to belong to one of the major parties when he was sworn in January 4, 2011.[1]

Chafee had previously belonged to the Republican party, serving in the U.S. Senate for seven years. Initially appointed to his father's seat upon the senior Senator Chafee's death in 1999, he won a six-year term in 2000. In 2006, he lost his seat to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. The following year, Chafee left the GOP.[2] Then, in anticipation of a possible re-election loss in 2014 as well as his affinity for President and former Senate colleague President Obama, Chafee made his second party switch, formally joining the Democratic Party on May 30, 2013.[3]

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.[4]

The former Republican and sole sitting Independent governor until May 2013, Chafee ran for re-election on the Democratic ticket in 2014.[5]


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.[4]

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.[4]

Following his departure from the Senate, 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.[4]


  • Montana State University
  • B.A., Brown University
  • Phillips Academy[4]

Political career

Rhode Island Governor (2011-present)

Chafee was sworn in as Governor of Rhode Island on January 4, 2011, at which time he became the nation's only sitting governor not to belong to one of the major parties. He held that distinction until May 30, 2013, when he switched his party affiliation to Democrat. A variety of factors contributed to Chafee's decision to become a Democrat, including his consistent support for President Obama and his trepidation in approaching 2014 re-election without the backing of a major-party or the majority of Rhode Island voters, according to polls showing the governor with basement-level job approval leading up to the switch.[6][7]

Despite being a blue-state, Chafee's party switch marked the first time since 1995 that Rhode Island has had a Democrat in the governor's office.[3]

Long affiliated with the Republican Party, Chafee became an Independent soon after losing his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2006 general election. Chafee's latest switch elicited enthusiastic welcomes from Democratic leaders nationwide, including President Obama and Democratic Governor's Association president Peter Shumlin of Vermont. The move gives the Democratic Party control over 20 governor seats while the Republicans hold 30 seats.[3]

Transition team

Governor-elect Chafee's transition site was at Governor Elect Chafee. Graham Vyse served as the point of contact, available at gvyse@govenernorelectchafee.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.[8]

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.[9]

Tax reform

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.[10]

Pension reform

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.[11] 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.[12]


On the morning on November 16, 2010, Chafee, still the governor-elect, announced former Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island Richard Licht as his nominee for Director of Administration.[13][14]



See also: Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2014

Chaffee was eligible for re-election in 2014, and the Republican-turned-Independent governor ran for a second term on the Democratic ticket.[3] Until officially switching his party affiliation on May 30, 2013, Chafee was the country's only sitting Independent governor.[15] He endorsed former Senate colleague Barack Obama for President in 2008 and 2012, but the main reason Chafee cited for changing to a major party affiliation was the need to finance 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.[16][1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Rhode Island gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Chafee faced Frank T. Caprio (D), John F. Robitaille (R), Ken Block (Moderate), Ronald Algieri (I), Todd Giroux (I), and Joseph M. Lusi (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[17]

Governor of Rhode Island, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Frank T. Caprio 23% 78,896
     Republican John F. Robitaille 33.6% 114,911
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngLincoln Chafee 36.1% 123,571
     Moderate Ken Block 6.5% 22,146
     Independent Ronald Algieri 0.2% 793
     Independent Todd Giroux 0.3% 882
     Independent Joseph M. Lusi 0.3% 1,091
Total Votes 342,290

Full history

Campaign donors

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.[20]

Lincoln Chafee's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Rhode Island Not up for election $424,467
2010 Governor of Rhode Island Won $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.[21] Click [show] for more information.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat," May 30, 2013
  2. Rhode Island Governor "About" Accessed November 3, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Boston.com, "RI Gov. Chafee poised to join Democrats," May 30, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Chaffee for Governor "About" Accessed November 3, 2012
  5. The Associated Press, "RI Gov. Chafee open to running for 2nd term as Dem," December 14, 2012
  6. Politico, "Lincoln Chafee switches affiliation to Democrat," May 30, 2013
  7. Brown Political Review, "BPR Talks with Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Video)," May 22, 2013
  8. Governor Elect Chafee, "Biographies: Chafee Transition Leadership Team, Transition Advisory Committee", November 8, 2010
  9. RI Government, "Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee Names Three New Members of Transition Leadership Team", November 17, 2010
  10. Mike Stenhouse, Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, "Corporate Tax Cut is Not a Game-Changer for RI," January 17, 2013
  11. National Review, "Rhode Island’s Pension Reform, Plus Thoughts on Sustainable Victories," November 18, 2011
  12. Huffington Post, "Rhode Island Pension Reform Bill Heads To Legislative Vote Next Week ," November 11, 2011
  13. RI Government, "Media Advisory: Chafee to Announce Nominee for Director of Administration This Morning—11/16/2010", November 16, 2010
  14. RI Government, "Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee Announces Richard Licht as Choice for DOA Director—11/15/2010", November 15, 2010
  15. Brown Political Review, "BPR Talks with Gov. Lincoln Chafee (Video)," May 22, 2013
  16. Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 11, 2012
  17. AP election guide - Hosted by NPR, "Rhode Island State Profile," accessed February 4, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. Follow the Money, " Career fundraising for Lincoln Chafee," accessed May 11, 2013
  21. Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Political offices
Preceded by
Donald Carcieri (R)
Governor of Rhode Island
2011 - present
Succeeded by