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Sen. Lincoln Chafee

Former Senator for Rhode Island

Chafee was a senator from Rhode Island and was a Republican. He served from 1999 to 2006.

Photo of Sen. Lincoln Chafee [R-RI, 1999-2006]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Chafee is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2006 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Chafee sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 22, 2001 to Dec 8, 2006. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Chafee was the primary sponsor of 1 bill that was enacted:

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Does 1 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Chafee sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (21%) Economics and Public Finance (19%) Environmental Protection (19%) Water Resources Development (10%) Health (10%) Science, Technology, Communications (8%) International Affairs (7%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Chafee recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Nov 1999 to Dec 2006, Chafee missed 28 of 2,272 roll call votes, which is 1.2%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Dec 2006. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: