Lincoln Chafee

Democratic

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Family:

Spouse: Stephanie Chafee, Children: Caleb Chafee, Louisa Chafee, Thea Chafee

Education:

Brown University, Montana State University

Elected Office:

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Biography

Chafee was the Governor of Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015. First elected governor on the Independent ticket in 2010, he became the only governor not to belong to a major party when he was sworn in January 4, 2011. Chafee previously served as a Republican U.S. Senator from 1999 to 2007. He succeeded his father in the Senate after the senior Chafee's death in 1999. Lincoln Chafee was appointed to fill the vacancy he won a full, six-year term in 2000. He lost his seat to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in the 2006 general election. Chafee left the Republican Party and became an Independent the following year