Chaffee's Son Named To Father's Senate Seat

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:25 PM EDT

( - Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond on Tuesday appointed Lincoln Chafee to the US Senate to serve the remainder of the six year term of the seat that was vacated after the death of his father, Senator John Chafee.

Lincoln Chafee is currently the mayor of Warwick, Rhode Island.

Almond said at the state house in Providence, "Today, I am pleased to announce that I am appointing Lincoln Chafee to the United States Senate. I believe he is the best qualified individual to represent our state in the United States Senate."

"The voters have elected Lincoln Chafee to serve four consecutive terms as Mayor. They believe in him. They believe in his initiatives. They believe in his ideals. So do I," said Almond.

Chafee's record as Warwick Mayor received Almond's praise as well. "From enhancing public schools to expanding recreational programs for seniors, from exercising sound fiscal management to increasing funding for neighborhood revitalization projects, Mayor Chafee has had a far reaching positive impact upon the men, women and children of Warwick, " according to Almond.

Formal notification of Chafee's Senate appointment will be transmitted in the form of a "Certificate of Appointment" in a letter from Governor Almond to Vice President Al Gore, president of the Senate. Almond also has notified Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott of the Chafee appointment. No date yet has been set for a swearing in ceremony in Washington.

Before his father's death, Lincoln Chaffee announced his candidacy for the Senate seat as a Republican.