- Date of Birth:
- March 26, 1953
Lincoln Chafee (born Lincoln Davenport Chafee on March 26, 1953 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American politician from Rhode Island. Lincoln graduated from Brown University and become a farrier at Montana State University, before working at harness racetracks in the United States and Canada. In 1985, he returned to his home state and entered politics as a Republican, working as a delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention. A year later, he was elected to the Warwick City Council. After his father’s death in 1999, he was appointed to his father’s seat in the U.S. Senate, before winning the 2000 election to a full term. Lincoln left office in 2007 and also left the Republican Party to become an Independent, while supporting Barack Obama‘s 2008 presidential campaign. Lincoln became Governor of Rhode Island in 2011 and won, however, he had low approval ratings. On June 3, 2015, Lincoln announced his presidential campaign as a Democrat in the 2016 election.
Best Known For:
Lincoln Chafee is best known for serving as the Mayor of Warwick from 1992-1999, as a U.S. Senator from 1999-2007 and as the Governor of Rhode Island for 2011-2015.
Lincoln Chafee has three children, Louisa, Caleb and Thea, with his wife Stephanie.