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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

Political Highlights: R.I. Department of Business Regulation director, 1992-94; U.S. attorney, 1994-98; sought Democratic nomination for governor, 2002; R.I. attorney general, 1999-2003; U.S. Senate, 2007-present
Born: Oct. 20, 1955; Manhattan, N.Y.
Residence: Newport
Religion: Episcopalian
Family: Wife, Sandra Whitehouse; two children
Education: Yale U., B.A. 1978; U. of Virginia, J.D. 1982
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Budget; Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Fisheries, Wildlife & Water - Ranking Member; Transportation & Infrastructure); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Employment & Workplace Safety; Primary Health and Retirement Security); Judiciary (Constitution; Crime & Terrorism - Ranking Member; Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts; Privacy, Technology & the Law); Special Aging

Election History
2012generalSheldon Whitehouse (D) 271,03464.8
B. Hinckley (R) 146,22235.0
2006generalSheldon Whitehouse (D) 206,04353.5
Lincoln Chafee (R) 178,95046.5
Roll Call Vitals


Rhode Island is 34th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.