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Lincoln Davenport Chafee (pronounced /ˈtʃeɪfiː/ CHAY-fee; born March 26, 1953) is the Governor-elect of Rhode Island after narrowly defeating John Robitaille on November 2, 2010. He is the first Independent to serve as governor of Rhode Island. Prior to his election as governor, he served in the United States Senate as a Republican from 1999 until losing his Senate re-election bid in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. In 2007 he left the Republican Party and became an independent.[1]

A Rhode Island native educated at Phillips Academy and Brown University, Chafee worked as a professional farrier 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 re-elected in the U.S. Senate election, 2000 for a full six-year term.

Chafee was a supporter of Barack Obama's 2008 presidential bid. On January 4, 2010, Chafee declared his intent to run for Governor of Rhode Island.[2] Prior to entering the gubernatorial race he was a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International

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review by . November 18, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
Lincoln Chaffee is a moderate Republican in the mold of the almost extinct wing of the Republican party. He is a very intelligent man and has kept his principals as the rest of the Republicans (John McCain) have moved farther to the right in response to groups such as the tea party. While I would not give him much change of success, he would be a welcome addition to the Republican selection of a candidate for 2012. However, he would be ruthlessly destroyed by the far right and their mouthpieces …
Quick Tip by . March 04, 2011
This man has turned out to be an even bigger disaster that most of us expected him to be. No plans to tackle the economy. His top priorities thus far are legallizing gay marriage and pandering to illegal aliens. And he's in the hip pocket of the unions to boot. Storm clouds continue to gather over "The Ocean State".
Quick Tip by . November 09, 2010
posted in Politics Your Way
Well Rhode Island has just elected it's first "Independent" governor with all of 36% of the vote. This was a four man race. Mr. Chafee had 35% of the vote when he announced nearly a year ago and his percentage hardly budged all year long. Sad to say that this man is in the hip pocket of the teachers and state employee unions who were largely responsible for electing him. He opposes charter schools, E-Verify and a number of other common sense issues. God help us! He is a nice guy but …
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