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Gov. of Rhode Island Lincoln Chafee to Speak on Feb. 11

Event Details

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

The LBJ School of Public Affairs
2315 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78713

Lincoln Chafee, the 74th Governor of Rhode Island, will speak at the LBJ School of Public Affairs on Feb. 11 at 5:30 PM. Gov. Chafee's talk is titled "Civility for a Great Society" and will focus on lessons learned from the Johnson administration that can help get things done today. This is one of 50 events to be hosted by the LBJ School over the next 18 months to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Johnson administration's landmark legislative initiatives, which include civil rights and voting rights among many others.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, visit:

Lincoln Chafee Chafee was elected Governor of Rhode Island in 2010 as an Independent. In 2013, Chafee changed his political affiliation to the Democratic Party. Prior to being Governor, Chafee served as a Republican U.S. Senator from 1999 to 2007.

As Governor, Chafee has signed marriage equality into law, spearheaded health care reform and launched green infrastructure initiatives. As a U.S. Senator, Gov. Chafee fought for a middle-class economic agenda and environmental causes, such as protecting air and water quality and addressing climate change pollutants.

Following his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Gov. Chafee spent two years as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, where he wrote Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President. In his memoir, Gov. Chafee describes his opposition to Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy and gives voice to a progressive vision for the future of the nation.

More on Gov. Lincoln Chafee

Gov. Chafee is a proud Rhode Islander, born and bred in Warwick. He graduated with a degree in Classics from Brown University, where he received the Francis M. Driscoll Award for leadership, scholarship and athletics. After graduating, he worked for seven years as a blacksmith at harness racetracks throughout the United States and Canada. Inspired by a commitment to public service and the path of his father John Chafee, Gov. Chafee entered politics as an elected delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, and subsequently served four years on the Warwick City Council and was elected to four terms as Mayor of Warwick.