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Lincoln Chafee (D) 2016 Presidential Candidate

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Lincoln Chaffee  74th Governor of    Rhode Island

Lincoln Chafee
74th Governor of Rhode Island

Lincoln Chafee (born March 26, 1953) has served a Mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island, in the United States Senate and as Rhode Island’s 74th Governor. Chafee is the son of John Chafee who served as the 66th Governor of Rhode Island. He was appointed to fill his father’s seat in the Senate after his death by then Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond. ┬áChafee was elected for a full term in 2000 as a ┬áRepublican candidate.

Chafee shifted his affiliation towards the Democratic Party when he endorsed President Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential election and served as co-chair of Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He officially switched his registration as a member of the Democratic Party in May 2013.

Chafe sought the nomination for the Democratic Party in 2016 Presidential election in 2015 but withdrew his candidacy before the primaries.

Committee Assignments:

Ball, Molly. “Why Did Lincoln Chafee Even Bother to Run?”.The Atlantic. The Atlantic. Retrieved 2015-10-26

“Former Rhode Island senator endorses Obama”. CNN.com. February 14, 2008. Retrieved November 3, 2010.

Chafee, Lincoln. “Chafee Withdraws From 2016 Presidential Race”. Chafee2016.com. Retrieved 26 October 2015.

1 Comment

  1. oportosanto April 13, 2016

    Interesting to see how he switched sides from Republican candidate to Democrat, after serving in the Obama campaign. This just proves our colors can change according to the people leading the parties.


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