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The 74th and current Governor of Rhode Island, serving since 2011.
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ENG: Lincoln Davenport Chafee (born March 26, 1953) is an American politician who has been the 74th Governor of Rhode Island since January 2011. Prior to his election as Governor, Chafee served in the United States Senate as a Republican from 1999 until losing his Senate re-election bid in 2006 to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. In 2007 he left the Republican Party and became an Independent. He is the first Independent to serve as Governor of Rhode Island since John Collins, who served 1786-1790. A Rhode Island native educated at Phillips Academy and Brown University, Chafee worked as a professional farrier for seven years before entering state politics in 1985. He was a delegate to the Rhode Island State Constitutional Convention, a member of the Warwick, Rhode Island city council, and ...
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Independent RI gov. turns to public for support

Lincoln Chafee offered voters something new when he took office this year as the nation's only sitting independent governor. But the former Republican is learning that while it may resonate with voters, independence can be lonely. Chafee, who left the GOP after he lost his U.S. Senate seat in 2006, has no party apparatus to put out favorable press releases. No built-in legislative support. Chafee says being independent makes him his own man, but it also means he has to fight harder to win support for his agenda. Two of Chafee's priorities — gay marriage legislation and a state sales ...

RI House speaker: Gay marriage will happen, just not this ye

Efforts to extend marriage rights to gay couples in Rhode Island suffered a decisive setback Wednesday when a key legislative champion said he was abandoning a push to pass gay marriage legislation this year. House Speaker Gordon Fox, who is gay, said the legislation has "no realistic chance" of passing the state's General Assembly this year. Fox, a Providence Democrat, said instead he will support new legislation creating civil unions that would offer substantially the same rights given by the state to married couples. "This is the best we can do right now," he said. "Full marriage will ...

Governor Lincoln Chafee Announces Company Relocation

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) Executive Director Keith Stokes joined company management and other officials recently to announce the relocation of Yardney Technical Products, Inc. from Pawcatuck, Conn. to East Greenwich, Rhode Island. The move will bring at least 165 advanced manufacturing jobs to the state. “Working to create an economic climate that will encourage businesses to bring good, high-paying jobs to Rhode Island has been one of my top priorities since taking office in January,” Governor Chafee said. “With ...

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