Statements: Reaction to Chafee announcement

"Governor Chafee has served the state of Rhode Island with great integrity as a Mayor of Warwick, as a U.S. Senator, and as Governor. Every day he has worked hard to try to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders. He's made significant contributions to our state and he's carried on a proud family tradition of service to the state and to the nation. I've always had a good working relationship with him and I wish him well in the months ahead."

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.

"I join all Rhode Islanders in thanking Governor Lincoln Chafee for nearly 25 years of public service and for all the work he has done as Mayor of Warwick, as our United States Senator, and as Governor of our State. I have enjoyed working with him and admire his dedication to public service, his integrity, his principled thinking, and his commitment to improving the lives of all who he has represented during his many years of public service. I extend my best wishes and deep gratitude to Governor Chafee, his wife Stephanie, and their entire family as they begin the next chapter of their lives."

U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.



"I have had the privilege of working with Governor Chafee for many years, going back to 1985 when he and I were elected to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention together. It has been a pleasure to work with him over these many years in the various offices he has held, including Mayor of Warwick, United States Senator and Governor. Linc Chafee is someone of great character and integrity, and has always been in public office for the right reasons. He has a strong commitment to public service and should be proud of everything he has accomplished. I personally appreciate all he has done for the people of Rhode Island and I look forward to continuing to work with him for the remainder of his time in office. I wish him and his family nothing but the best."

U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I.

"I have had the privilege of working alongside Governor Chafee throughout his term. He is a sincere leader who has had the courage to address the challenges facing our state, including pension reform and improving the DMV. I appreciate his strong commitment to education, improving our infrastructure, and increasing funding for municipalities. He makes decisions based upon the courage of his convictions to make Rhode Island a better place. I look forward to working with him over the next 16 months, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport

"I respect Governor Chafee's decision not to seek re-election for another term, and knowing his dedication to our state and his commitment to public service, I trust it was not an easy decision. For the remainder of our terms in office, I look forward to continuing my close partnership with the Governor toward full implementation of HealthSource RI and other important health reforms that will improve the lives of Rhode Island's families and strengthen our small businesses."

Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts, D-R.I.

"I would like to thank Governor Chafee for his many years of public service to the state of Rhode Island. Like his father before him, the Governor always had Rhode Island's best interests at heart and was an unfailing optimist during very difficult times. I enjoyed working with him in public life and wish him and his family the best in the years ahead. I also look forward to finding ways to work together with him in the future to continue to move Rhode Island forward."

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, D-R.I.

"I'm sure his decision today was a hard one to make.{} I wish him good luck to whatever he chooses to do in the future."

Ken Block, Moderate Party candidate for governor