Lincoln Chafee
Former Senator from Rhode Island

Senator Lincoln Chafee served the State of Rhode Island in the United States Senate from 1999-2007, and as the 74th Governor of Rhode Island from 2011-2015.


Serving as a Republican in the Senate, Chafee has long been a supporter of gay rights, environmental causes, and pro-choice policies.  He was also the only Republican in the Senate to vote against the use of force in Iraq.  Chafee eventually left the party to become an Independent, and during the 2008 presidential elections, Chafee was a high-profile supporter of Barack Obama.


Chafee won the 2010 Rhode Island gubernatorial election, and served as governor until 2015. In office, he has taken stances against the death penalty, religion in politics, and charter schools. In 2013 he signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.


A graduate of Brown University, Chafee entered politics in 1985 as a delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention.  A year later, he was elected to the Warwick, Rhode Island City Council, where he served until his election as Warwick’s mayor in 1992, a post he held until he was appointed to his father John Chafee’s seat in the Senate upon his sudden death in 1999.


During his political interim, Chafee served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brown University, and on the advisory board of J Street, a pro-Israel lobbying group that promotes diplomatic relations between Israel and its neighbors.

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Against the TideHow a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President
Thomas Dunne Books

In this smart, candid, and surprising political memoir, Lincoln Chafee offers a behind-the-scenes look at the first six years of the Bush Administration from the vantage point of one of the few Republican moderates in the Senate. Chafee sounds a wake-up call to his Party, and to all Americans, by challenging our government to strive, as Abraham Lincoln once articulated, "to elevate the condition of men."

Against The Tide Senator Chafee talks about his recent book, his life in and out of politics, and the road ahead for America.

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