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First appointed in 1999; Chafee defeated challenger Laffey in the Sept. 12 primary. Chafee is seeking a second full term.

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  • Born: March 26, 1953; Warwick, R.I.
  • Family: Married (Stephanie); three children.
  • Education: Brown University, B.A., 1975.
  • Professional career: Executive director, Northeast Corridor Initiative, 1990-92; planner, General Dynamics, 1986-90; Rhode Island Forging Steel, 1985-86; Cranston Print Works, 1984-85; farrier, 1976-83.
  • Military career: None.
  • Election history: Warwick mayor, 1992-99; Warwick city council, 1986-92.



Whitehouse,the former state attorney general, faces three other candidates in the primary.

  • Born: Oct. 20, 1955; New York City.
  • Family: Married (Sandra); two children.
  • Education: University of Virginia, J.D., 1982; Yale University, B.A., 1978.
  • Professional career: U.S. attorney for the District of Rhode Island, 1994-98; state director of business regulation, 1992-94; governor's office, executive counsel, 1991; governor's office, director of policy, 1991-92; Rhode Island assistant attorney general, 1989-90; special assistant attorney general, 1985-89; practicing attorney, 1983-84.
  • Military career: None.
  • Election history: State attorney general, 1998-2002.


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