Sheldon (Sheldon) Whitehouse (D)
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Capitol: 202.224.2921
FAX: 202.228.6362
District: 401.453.5294
Room 530 HSOB- Hart Senate Office Building 120 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20510-3905

Residence: Newport, RI
Elected: 2006    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Dr. Sandra Thornton   DOB: 10/20/1955
Committee Assignments
ChairmanSenate Committee on Budget
ChairmanSenate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Co-ChairAd Hoc Steering Committee on Telemedicine and Healthcare Informatics
Co-ChairSenate Oceans Caucus
ChairmanSenate Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Security
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights
MemberSenate Committee on the Judiciary
Co-ChairBicameral Task Force on Climate Change
FC MemberSenate Climate Change Clearinghouse
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight
MemberSenate Committee on Environment and Public Works
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate, and Nuclear Safety
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
Co-ChairCongressional International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Taxation and IRS Oversight
FC MemberFriends of Portugal
FC MemberCongressional Heart and Stroke Coalition
MemberSenate Subcommittee on Health Care
MemberJoint Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
FC MemberSenate Defend Social Security Caucus
MemberSenate Committee on Finance
FC MemberCongressional Boating Caucus
FC MemberElectrification Caucus
FC MemberEnvironmental Justice Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Bicameral High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Caucus
FC MemberSenate Caucus on WMD Terrorism (Weapons of Mass Destruction)
FC MemberNortheast-Midwest Senate Coalition
FC MemberSenate Democratic Hispanic Task Force (HTF)
FC MemberSenate Mental Health Caucus
FC MemberSenate ALS Caucus
FC MemberSenate Afterschool Caucus
FC MemberSenate Veterans Jobs Caucus
FC MemberExpand Social Security Caucus (Senate)
FC MemberSenate Impact Aid Coalition
FC MemberSenate National Service Caucus
FC MemberSenate India Caucus
FC MemberSenate Small Brewers Caucus
FC MemberArthritis Caucus
FC MemberRenewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus
FC MemberCongressional French Caucus
FC MemberSenate National Guard Caucus
FC MemberSenate Cultural Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Caucus
FC MemberInternational Conservation Caucus (ICC)


Sheldon Whitehouse has earned a reputation in the Senate as a fierce advocate for progressive values and a thoughtful legislator capable of reaching across the aisle to achieve bipartisan solutions. Senator Whitehouse has been at the center of bipartisan efforts to pass laws overhauling federal education policy, rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, reforming the criminal and juvenile justice systems, protecting Americans from toxic chemicals in everyday products, and addressing ocean plastic waste. Recognizing the devastating toll of addiction in Rhode Island and across the nation, Whitehouse authored the first significant bipartisan law to address the opioid crisis, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. Representing the Ocean State, Whitehouse plays a key role in crafting policies addressing climate change, environmental protection, and a price on carbon. He passed into law a dedicated fund to support ocean and coastal research and restoration and bipartisan legislation to confront the crisis of marine plastic and other waste polluting our oceans. He has worked to enact bipartisan measures to reduce carbon pollution and boost America's clean energy economy.

Whitehouse has stood as a staunch defender of Social Security and Medicare, and has made improving care and reducing costs in our health care system a hallmark of his career. To counteract the corrosive effects of special interests in our democracy, Whitehouse has championed efforts to root out dark money from our elections and make Congress and the courts accountable to the American people.

"While fighting in Washington against corporate interests and their influence on the political process" wrote the Providence Journal, "Senator Whitehouse has not forgotten the people back home." A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sheldon served as Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney and state attorney general before being elected to the Senate, where he is Chairman of the Budget Committee, and serves on the Finance Committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Environment and Public Works Committee.

He and his wife Sandra, a marine biologist and environmental advocate, live in Newport. They have two grown children.