Mayor. Governor. Senator. Libertarian.
Lincoln Chafee Leads With Truth.
As Mayor, he united a city and won reelection three times by winning every ward in every district...despite being a member of the "wrong" party. In the Senate, he stood up to the warmongers in Washington and in his own party, to vote against the disastrous Iraq War. As the first Independent Governor elected in Rhode Island's history, he worked to balance the state budget, led the fight for Marriage Equality, and successfully lowered the state's unemployment rate during the worst recession of our time.
He's seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of American partisan politics. Democrats who proclaim to believe in Civil Liberties but vote for warrantless surveillance. Republicans who proclaim to be fiscally responsible, but drive us into deeper and deeper debt. All the while, both parties continue to send our brave soldiers into senseless and counterproductive wars based on lies.
Now, he's come home to the Libertarian Party to advocate for our Constitutional Rights, ending the wars, and reining in our out of control spending. Lincoln is ready to stand up and Lead With TRUTH.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1953, Chafee graduated from Brown University in 1975. After working as a farrier for champion racehorses for several years in the western United States and Canada, Chafee returned to Rhode Island to serve as a delegate to the state Constitutional Convention in 1985. He then served on the Warwick City Council before being elected Mayor in 1992. Chafee won reelection as Mayor three times by winning every ward in every district, despite being a member of a minority party.
Chafee began his term in the United States Senate in 1999 and was reelected in 2000. During his tenure, he served as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as chair of the Near East Subcommittee. While in the Senate, he opposed warmongers in Washington to vote against the Iraq War, one of only 23 Senators to do so, and the only member of his former party.
After leaving the Senate, Chafee was elected in 2010 as the first Independent Governor in Rhode Island's history. As Governor, he successfully championed the passage of marriage equality, successfully fought the federal government’s effort to expose a Rhode Island prisoner to the death penalty, lowered the state's unemployment rate more than every state but one during the Great Recession, and fought against using taxpayer money on crooked cronyism as one of the only Rhode Island officials against the 38 Studios deal.
Chafee moved from Rhode Island to Wyoming in early 2019. When registering to vote, he came upon the Libertarian Party, which was not an option in his former state. Finding agreement with the Libertarian platform on issues he has always believed in such as opposition to foreign entanglements, capital punishment, torture, crony capitalism, war, and deficit spending, as well as support for free trade and personal liberties, Chafee joined the Libertarian Party.
Lincoln and his wife Stephanie have been married for 30 years, and have three children, Louisa, Caleb, and Thea. He resides with his family in Teton Village, Wyoming.