Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

(D-RI), Senate, United States

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse represents Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate, where he serves on the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Finance Committee; and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.


Growing up in a Foreign Service family, Whitehouse lived in Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa, Congo, Guinea, Laos, and Thailand.  While abroad, he learned firsthand the example American democracy sets for the world.


Senator Whitehouse has fought in the Senate on behalf of veterans and current members of our armed forces, including passing into law foreclosure protections for servicemembers leaving active duty.  He has been a leading voice in support of funding for the cleanup of Agent Orange-contaminated sites in Vietnam and assistance programs for those afflicted with related health conditions.  On both the Helsinki Commission and the Judiciary Committee, Senator Whitehouse has worked to advance legislation cracking down on kleptocracy and corruption abroad.  First with Senator McCain and now with Senator Graham, Whitehouse has served since 2013 as the Democratic lead for the annual congressional delegation to the Munich Security Conference.


A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sheldon served in multiple senior roles in Rhode Island government before his appointment by President Clinton as Rhode Island’s United States Attorney in 1994.  Sheldon was elected Attorney General of Rhode Island in 1998, and in 2006 to the Senate.


He and his wife Sandra live in Newport.  They have two grown children.