The Partisan Divide: Congress in Crisis
- Government & Politics
- Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs - SRH 3.122, Austin TX
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 legislation, which include civil rights and voting rights among many others.
This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Limited free parking will be available on a first come, first served basis in the LBJ School parking lot, Lot 39.
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.
About the LBJ School
Since our founding in 1970, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin has built a proud tradition of public service and cutting edge research on the most important public policy challenges of our time. The School's mission is to develop leaders and ideas that will help our state, the nation and the international community address critical public policy challenges in an ever increasingly interconnected and interdependent world. Drawing upon a world-renown, multidisciplinary faculty, a diverse and talented group of masters and Ph.D. students and the resources of the University of Texas at Austin, one of the world's leading research universities, the LBJ School is well-placed to help shape public policy for the 21st century. We are truly at the intersection of knowledge and action.
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