Lincoln Chafee (I)

Rhode Island Governor (since January 2011)

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Why He Matters

A former Republican senator, Chafee was elected governor of Rhode Island as an independent in 2010.

Chafee is the first independent candidate to win the Rhode Island governor's seat. He beat out both Democrat Frank Caprio and Republican John Robitaille.

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Mediation in Rhode Island pension lawsuits fails

Talks to salvage a proposed settlement designed to end the legal fight over Rhode Island’s 2011 landmark pension overhaul have failed and the original court challenge is moving ahead, both sides of the case said Friday.


Rhode Island to improve jobs for mentally disabled

Residents with mental disabilities would no longer be forced to work long hours doing manual labor for little money and instead would be given the chance at regular employment that pays at least the minimum wage under a settlement announced Tuesday.


Deal voted down in Rhode Island pension overhaul

A proposed settlement that would end the legal fight over Rhode Island’s 2011 landmark pension overhaul, which has been a model for other states looking to rein in runaway pension costs, was rejected by one of the groups voting on it, officials announced Monday. The parties were ordered back into mediation.

Rhode Island could become the first state in 30 years to hold a constitutional convention

Rhode Island could implement the first major changes to its constitution since 1843.

Why Lincoln Chafeeā€™s decision not to run for reelection is more good news for Democrats


Chafee's surprise announcement was a pleasant surprise for Democrats with an eye on holding the the governor's mansion in Rhode Island.


At a Glance

  • Career History: U.S. Senator (1999 to 2007); Mayor of Warwick , R.I., (1992 to 1999); Warwick City Councilman (1986 to 1990); Manufacturing planner, Electric Boat, Quonset, R.I. (1986 to 1990;
  • Birthday: 1953
  • Hometown: Warwick, R.I.
  • Alma Mater: Brown University, B.A. (classics)
  • Spouse: Stephanie Chafee
  • Religion: Episcopalian
  • Campaign Office: 1800 Post Road, Suite 27 Warwick RI 02886(401) 244-7288 (401) 456-0003PO Box 9187 Providence RI 02940
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