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Encyclopedia > Lincoln Chafee
Lincoln Chafee
Lincoln Chafee

In office
November 2, 1999-January 4, 2007
Preceded by John Chafee
Succeeded by Sheldon Whitehouse

Born March 26, 1953
Providence, Rhode Island
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse Stephanie Chafee
Alma mater Brown University
Religion Episcopalian

Lincoln Davenport Chafee (IPA pronunciation: [ˈtʃeɪ fiː], [CHAY-fee]) (born March 26, 1953) is a former United States Senator from Rhode Island. He lost his re-election bid in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. He has recently indicated that he is thinking of leaving the Republican Party.[1] He is currently a visiting scholar at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1500x2100, 298 KB) http://chafee. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* [1] sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... November 2 is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 59 days remaining. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... January 4 is the 4th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... John Lester Hubbard Chafee (October 22, 1922 – October 24, 1999) was an American politician. ... Sheldon Whitehouse (born October 20, 1955) is the Junior Senator from the state of Rhode Island. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in Rhode Island Coordinates: Country United States State Rhode Island County Providence Government  - Mayor David N. Cicilline (D) Area  - City  20. ... Official language(s) English Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* [1] sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... The Episcopal Churchs Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, D.C. is often referred to as the National Cathedral. The Episcopal Church in the United States of America is the Province of the Anglican Communion in the United States and several other nations, including dioceses... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the... Official language(s) English Capital Providence Largest city Providence Area  Ranked 50th  - Total 1,214* [1] sq mi (3,144* km²)  - Width 37 miles (60 km)  - Length 48 miles (77 km)  - % water 32. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... Sheldon Whitehouse (born October 20, 1955) is the Junior Senator from the state of Rhode Island. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... Summary The Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University is a center for research and teaching on international affairs. ...


A Rhode Island native educated at Phillips Academy and Brown, Chafee worked as a professional blacksmith for seven years before entering state politics in 1985. He was a delegate to the Rhode Island State Constitutional Convention, a member of the Warwick, Rhode Island city council, and later the mayor of Warwick. Chafee was appointed to the United States Senate in 1999 upon the death of his father, Senator John Chafee, and was elected to a full six-year term in 2000. Phillips Academy (also known as Andover, Phillips Andover, or simply P.A.) is a co-educational University preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9-12. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... A blacksmith A blacksmith at work A blacksmith at work A blacksmiths fire Hot metal work from a blacksmith A blacksmith is a person who creates objects from iron or steel by forging the metal; i. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Warwick is a city in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. ... John Lester Hubbard Chafee (October 22, 1922 – October 24, 1999) was an American politician. ... Republican hold in light red, Republican pickup in dark red, Democratic hold in light blue, Democratic pickup in dark blue. ...

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Early life, education, and early career

Chafee was born in Providence, Rhode Island to Virginia Coates and John Hubbard Chafee.[2] He attended a Warwick public school followed by Providence Country Day School and the private prep school Phillips Academy. While at Phillips, he was a contemporary of future Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. He earned a degree in Classics in 1975 from Brown, where he captained the wrestling team. He then attended the Montana State University horseshoeing school in Bozeman. For the next seven years, he worked as a blacksmith at harness racetracks in the United States and Canada. One of the horses he shoed, Overburden, set the track record at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta. Nickname: Location in Rhode Island Coordinates: Country United States State Rhode Island County Providence Government  - Mayor David N. Cicilline (D) Area  - City  20. ... Providence Country Day School (often abbreviated to the initials PCD) is a private middle and high school, founded in 1923. ... Phillips Academy (also known as Andover, Phillips Andover, or simply P.A.) is a co-educational University preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9-12. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brown University is a private university located in Providence, Rhode Island. ... The Montana State University System was created on July 1, 1994, when the Montana Board of Regents of Higher Education restructured the states colleges and universities into two umbrella universities, Montana State University System and the University of Montana. ... Bozeman is a city located in Gallatin County, Montana. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ... Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta, situated in the north central region of the province, an area with some of the most fertile farm land on the prairies. ...


Chafee and his wife, Stephanie D. Chafee, have three children: Louisa, Caleb and Thea.


Political offices

Chafee entered politics in 1985 as a delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention. A year later he was elected to the Warwick City Council, where he served until he was elected mayor of Warwick in 1992, a post he held until his appointment to the U.S. Senate. The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Politics is the process by which groups of people make decisions. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Warwick is a city in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... Warwick is a city in Kent County, Rhode Island, United States. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ...


After his father, Sen. John Chafee (R-RI), announced his retirement from the Senate, Lincoln Chafee announced he would run for the seat.[3] When John Chafee died suddenly in October 1999, Gov. Lincoln Almond appointed Lincoln to serve out the term. Chafee was elected to a full six-year term in 2000, defeating Democratic candidate former U.S. Representative Robert Weygand by a 57% to 41% margin in the heavily Democratic state. John Lester Hubbard Chafee (October 22, 1922 – October 24, 1999) was an American politician. ... Lincoln C. Almond (born June 16, 1936) was the governor of the U.S. state of Rhode Island from 1995 until 2003. ... Republican hold in light red, Republican pickup in dark red, Democratic hold in light blue, Democratic pickup in dark blue. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Robert A. Weygand (1948-) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island from 1997-2001. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


Political positions and voting record

Chafee's voting record is notable in that his positions often reflect liberal stances on key issues and he often votes with the Democrats, thus leading many people to label him an independent.


Abortion

Chafee strongly supports legal abortion. In May 2005, Chafee's senatorial re-election bid was endorsed by the traditionally Democratic-supporting NARAL Pro-Choice America, due to Chafee's outspoken support for women's "Right to Choose." NARAL supports individual candidates based on a litmus test of their political records on abortion and related issues; thus NARAL mainly endorses Democrats or Republicans wishing to keep abortion legal. On October 21, 2003, Chafee was one of the three Republican Senators to oppose the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, and voted with the Senate Democrats. The bill was passed 64-34 and sent to President George W. Bush for his signature and became law on November 5, 2003. He is a member of the Republican Majority For Choice and Republicans For Choice. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... NARAL Pro-Choice America (pronounced NAY-ral) is a pro-choice organization in the United States that engages in political action to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand access to abortion. ... A litmus test is a question asked of a potential candidate for high office, the answer to which would determine whether the nominating official would choose to proceed with the appointment or nomination. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 1995 be merged into this article or section. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Republicans for Choice, an organization based in the Washington, DC area (Headquarters: 2760 Eisenhower Ave, Suite #260, Alexandria, Virginia 22314) is a political action committee (PAC) composed of members of the United States Republican Party who support legalized abortion. ...


Gay rights

Chafee is a strong supporter of gay rights. While in the Senate, he was the only Republican senator to have expressed support for same-sex marriage. The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also... See also Civil union Registered partnership Domestic partnership Timeline of same-sex marriage Listings by country This box:      Same-sex marriage is a term for a governmentally, socially, or religiously recognized marriage in which two people of the same sex live together as a family. ...


Environment

Chafee favors strong environmental protection. He was one of the few Republicans to vote against allowing drilling in Alaska National Wildlife Reserve, and is a member of the Republicans for Environmental Protection. He has been endorsed throughout his career by the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters. Republicans for Environmental Protection (or REP America), is a national organization of Republican voters formed in 1995 with the stated purpose of educating and advocating environmental issues and supporting efforts to conserve natural resources and protect human and environmental health. ... The Sierra Club is an American environmental organization founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. ... The League of Conservation Voters is an American environmentalist lobby. ...


Death penalty

Chafee strongly opposes the death penalty, and has consistently voted against limiting federal death penalty appeals, has favored including racial statistics in death penalty appeals, and a pre requisite of DNA testing for all federal executions.


Tax policy

Chafee opposes eliminating the estate tax and voted against both the tax cut bills of 2001 and 2003. On November 17, 2005, he was the only Republican to vote in favor of reinstating the top federal tax rate of 39.6% on upper-income payers. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 2003 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Iraq

Chafee was the only Republican in the Senate to have voted against authorization of the use of force in Iraq. On June 22, 2006, Chafee was the only Republican to vote for the Levin amendment calling for a non-binding timetable for a withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. He voted against the Kerry-Feingold amendment calling for a binding timetable. Iraq Resolution and Iraq War Resolution are popular names for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public law 107-243, 116 Stat. ... is the 173rd day of the year (174th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ...


Stem cell research

Chafee is a member of The Republican Main Street Partnership and supports federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Republican Main Street Partnership is a group of social liberals and moderates in the United States Republican Party. ... Mouse embryonic stem cells. ...


2006 John Bolton renomination

In November 2006, immediately following the 2006 Midterm elections, George Bush announced he desired to renominate John Bolton to the post of Ambassador to the United Nations. Soon thereafter, however, Lincoln Chafee joined key Democrats in opposing the renomination, so ending chances of Bolton continuing to run his post. On December 4, 2006, the White House announced that Ambassador Bolton would no longer seek appointment as Ambassador to the United Nations and would resign within a matter of weeks. There are several people named John Bolton, including: John Gatenby Bolton – British-Australian astronomer (1922–1993) John R. Bolton – U.S. politician and diplomat U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. (2005-current) (b. ...


Others

Chafee favors more federal funding for health coverage and supports an increase in the federal minimum wage. He supports affirmative action and gun control. Chafee was one of only two Republicans to vote against the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which banned lawsuits against gun manufacturers and distributors for the criminal acts of third parties. On June 27, 2006, Chafee was one of only three Republicans to vote against the proposed Flag Desecration Amendment. The minimum wage is the minimum rate a worker can legally be paid (usually per hour) as opposed to wages that are determined by the forces of supply and demand in a free market. ... Affirmative action refers to policies intended to promote access to education or employment aimed at a historically socio-politically non-dominant group (typically, minorities or women). ... Gun politics fundamentally involves the politics of two related questions: Does a government have valid authority to impose regulations on guns? And, assuming such authority, should a government regulate guns and to what extent?[1] The answer to these questions and the nature of the politics varies and depends on... The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was passed by the U.S. Senate on July 29, 2005 by a vote of 65-31. ... June 27 is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Flag Desecration Amendment, often referred to as the flag burning amendment, is a controversial proposed constitutional amendment to the United States Constitution that would allow the United States Congress to statutorily prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. ...


These positions make his voting record among the most liberal of the Republicans in the Senate.[4] American liberalism—that is, liberalism in the United States of America—is a broad political and philosophical mindset, favoring individual liberty, and opposing restrictions on liberty, whether they come from established religion, from government regulation, from the existing class structure, or from multi-national corporations. ...


Some of Chafee's positions that are well within the mainstream of the Republican Party include the following:

  • Support of free trade agreements.[citation needed]
  • Favored the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which he cosponsored
  • Supports the partial privatization of social security.[citation needed]
  • Voted against a wholesale ban on gifts from employees of lobbying companies[citation needed]

Chafee's more liberal stances have led many conservative public figures to refer to him as a Republican in Name Only.[5] [6] Most notable among these was Human Events, who named Chafee "the No. 1 RINO in the country."[7] Also, the latest National Journal congressional rating rated Chafee as the most liberal Republican in the Senate, and also placed him to the left of two Democrats, Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu.[8] Free trade is an economic concept referring to the selling of products between countries without tariffs or other trade barriers. ... The U.S. Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, 28 U.S.C. Sections 1332(d), 1453, and 1711-1715, grants federal courts original jurisdiction over certain mass actions and class actions (forms of civil action) in which the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million, and any of the members... American conservatism is a constellation of political ideologies within the United States under the blanket heading of conservative. ... Human Events is a weekly conservative magazine founded in 1944. ... National Journal is a weekly magazine about American politics and government, published by National Journal Group, Inc. ... Earl Benjamin Ben Nelson (born May 17, 1941) is the junior U.S. Senator from Nebraska, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. ... Mary Loretta Landrieu (born November 23, 1955) is the senior Democratic United States Senator for the state of Louisiana. ...


Chafee, known for often disagreeing with the Republican Party leadership, says he did not cast his ballot for President George W. Bush in the 2004 election, instead choosing to write-in former president George H. W. Bush as a nod to the Republican Party of his father.[9] Chafee was the only Republican senator to vote against the authorization of military force in Iraq in 2002. He has frequently criticized President Bush's record on the environment and he also expressed concern about the 2004 Republican platform and the direction of the party. He described the younger Bush's Presidency as "an agenda of energizing the far-right-wing base, which is divisive."[10] Soon thereafter, he rejected Democratic overtures to leave the Republican Party, after appeals from other Republican senators to remain in their caucus.[11] The presidential seal is a well-known symbol of the presidency. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Presidential election results map. ... George Herbert Walker Bush (born June 12, 1924) was the 41st President of the United States, serving from 1989 to 1993. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... A senate is a deliberative body, often the upper house or chamber of a legislature. ... The Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq (H.J.Res. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Politics Portal      The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the bicameral United States Congress, the...


In 2003, Chafee bucked his party and voted against the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit. However, Chafee also cast a crucial procedural vote against a Democratic attempt to kill the bill, which failed by only two votes.[12] Medicare Part D is a federal program to subsidize the costs of prescription drugs for Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. ... A prescription drug is a licensed medicine that is regulated by legislation to require a prescription before it can be obtained. ...


On May 23, 2005, Chafee was one of 14 senators, known as the Gang of 14, to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus preventing the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option". Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and three of the most conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William Pryor) would receive a vote by the full Senate. is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gang of 14 (sometimes called the Mod Squad, with mod standing for moderate) was a term coined to describe the bipartisan group of moderate Senators who successfully negotiated a compromise to avoid the deployment of the so-called nuclear option over the organized use of the filibuster by Senate... As a form of obstructionism in a legislature or other decision making body, a filibuster is an attempt to extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay or completely prevent a vote on its passage. ... The nuclear option, also called the Constitutional option, is a parliamentary ruling by the presiding officer of the United States Senate to end debate and hold an immediate vote on a matter under consideration. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Appeal. ... The Honorable Janice Rogers Brown Janice Rogers Brown (born May 11, 1949 in Greenville, Alabama) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. ... Priscilla Owen (born in Palacios, Texas, October 4, 1954) is a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. ... William Holcombe Pryor, Jr. ...


Chafee was the only Republican to oppose President George W. Bush's nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. However, he voted to end debate on the nomination, helping to end any chance of a Democratic filibuster.[13] Additionally, Chafee did not announce his opposition to the nomination until a majority of Senators had already publicly said they would support Alito.[14] The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr. ... The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... As a form of obstructionism in a legislature or other decision making body, a filibuster is an attempt to extend debate upon a proposal in order to delay or completely prevent a vote on its passage. ...


Conservative author and radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt has argued that Chafee is one of the single greatest roadblocks to creating a permanent Republican majority in the country because of his unwillingness to conform to the party's social goals, and therefore Republicans should remove him from office by any necessary means, which includes voting for a Democrat against him, since his votes so often fall on the opposite side of the debate that the loss will not be noticed for the few votes he can get them. Ann Coulter has expressed disgust that Bush campaigned for him in the Republican primary against conservative Steve Laffey.[15] She also said on October 25, 2006 on Hannity & Colmes, when asked about the Rhode Island Senate race, that she would be happy to lose Chafee. This article deals with conservatism as a political philosophy. ... Hugh Hewitt (born February 22, 1956) is a conservative American radio talk show host, author, and blogger. ... Ann Hart Coulter (born December 8, 1961)[1] is an American best-selling author, columnist and political commentator. ... Steve Laffey is the current Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island. ...


2006 reelection campaign

In September 2005, Stephen Laffey, the mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island, announced his intention to run against Chafee in the Republican primary. Laffey was considered a formidable challenger, as he is much more conservative than Chafee. Amongst other stances totally opposite those of Chafee's, Laffey is against abortion rights and against embryonic stem cell research. Laffey was heavily supported by notable conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and several Ohio-based pro-life groups. Chafee went on to defeat Laffey in the primary on September 12 by a margin of 54 percent to 46 percent. The turnout for the Republican primary was the largest in Rhode Island history. In his victory speech, Chafee credited unaffiliated voters and disaffiliated Democrats for his victory.[16] The Rhode Island Senate election of 2006 will be held on November 7, 2006. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in September September 28 : Constance Baker Motley September 25 : M. Scott Peck September 25 : Don Adams September 20 : Simon Wiesenthal September 14 : Robert Wise September 10 : Hermann Bondi September 8 : Donald Horne September 7 : Moussa Arafat... Stephen (Steve) Laffey is the current mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island. ... Location of Cranston, Rhode Island. ... The Club for Growth is a section 527 political organization and an affiliated political action committee that raises money for candidates who support an anti-tax and limited-government agenda. ...


Chafee was defeated by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in the general election. In response to a question at a news conference on November 9, 2006, Chafee stated that he was unsure whether he would remain in the Republican Party after serving out the remainder of his term. According to Michelle R. Smith of the Associated Press, when asked whether he felt that his loss may have helped the country by switching control of power in Congress, he replied: "To be honest, yes."[1] Sheldon Whitehouse (born October 20, 1955) is the Junior Senator from the state of Rhode Island. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States of America, along with the Democratic Party. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ...


In December 2006, Chafee announced that he was accepting a fellowship to serve as a "distinguished visiting fellow" at Brown University's Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies. The university planned to have Chafee lead a student group studying U.S. foreign policy.[2]


After 2006 loss

Chafee is currently working as a distinguished visiting fellow at Brown University. He has been mentioned as a candidate for Governor in 2010, as the incumbent Governor Donald Carcieri (who is a Republican, and was re-elected the same day Chafee lost) is term limited. Given his name recognition Chafee might be a strong Republican candidate, as Chafee's father was a popular U.S Senator and Governor. It has also been suggested that Chafee could mount a successful Independent candidacy for the governorship - not unlike the path Lowell Weicker followed in Connecticut after losing his 1988 senate re-election bid to Joe Lieberman. Chafee might also seek a rematch in 2012 against his successor Sheldon Whitehouse. Donald L. Don Carcieri (born December 16, 1942) is the governor of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. ... Lowell Palmer Weicker, Jr. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport Largest metro area Hartford Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[2] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Joseph Isadore Lieberman (born February 24, 1942) is an American politician from Connecticut. ... 2012 (MMXII) will be a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sheldon Whitehouse (born October 20, 1955) is the Junior Senator from the state of Rhode Island. ...


Non-political interests

Aside from spending time with his wife and three children, Senator Chafee enjoys all outdoor activies with a particular fondness for skiing and trail riding on his horse, Trapper.[17]


Trivia

  • In 2006, Congress.org (a service of two grassroots lobbying firms) listed Chafee as the 95th most powerful senator, and least powerful within his party.[18]
  • Chafee used cocaine while in college and pot in post college years, which he openly regrets. He has used his experience with the drugs to consider their decriminalization.[19]

Footnotes

  1. ^ "Chafee May Defect From GOP"
  2. ^ http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/senators/chafee.htm
  3. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/13/AR2006041301917.html
  4. ^ http://www.ontheissues.org/senate/Lincoln_Chafee.htm
  5. ^ Jill Zuckman. "GOP favorite wins Rhode Island primary", Chicago Tribune, Houston Chronicle, 2006-09-13. 
  6. ^ Associated Press. "Sen. Lincoln Chafee Gains GOP Support", NewsMax.com, 2006-09-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.humanevents.com/sarticle.php?id=11129
  8. ^ http://nationaljournal.com/voteratings/pdf/Centrists.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.ramcigar.com/media/paper366/news/2004/10/05/News/Chafee.Speaks.With.Students.About.Election-741669.shtml
  10. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/ussenate/2004-11-03-ri-chaffee_x.htm#
  11. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/11/09/republicans.chafee.ap/
  12. ^ http://www.projo.com/news/mcharlesbakst/projo_20031202_mcbcol02.116926.html
  13. ^ http://www.boston.com/news/local/rhode_island/articles/2006/01/30/chafee_says_he_will_vote_against_alito/
  14. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,183204,00.html
  15. ^ http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=16796
  16. ^ http://www.projo.com/extra/election/content/projo_20060913_newgop.37563ed.html
  17. ^ http://chafee.senate.gov/
  18. ^ Entry on rankings
  19. ^ Source: Jewish World Review story

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Preceded by
Charles Donovan
Mayor of Warwick
1993–1999
Succeeded by
Scott Avedisian
Preceded by
John Chafee
United States Senator (Class 1) from Rhode Island
November 2, 1999January 4, 2007
Served alongside: Jack Reed
Succeeded by
Sheldon Whitehouse

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Lincoln Davenport Chafee was a Republican senator from Rhode Island from 1999 to 2007.
In May 2005, Chafee's senatorial re-election bid was endorsed by the traditionally Democratic-supporting NARAL Pro-Choice America, in spite of the fact that the strongest possible challenger to Chafee, anti-abortion Rep. James Langevin, had declined to run for senator.
Chafee, known for often disagreeing with the Republican party leadership, did not cast his ballot for President George W. Bush in the 2004 election, despite having endorsed him in 2000 before he had even become the Republican nominee.
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