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 - Chairman; Oversight; Water & Wildlife); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Employment & Workplace Safety; Primary Health & Aging); Judiciary (Bankruptcy & Courts; Crime & Terrorism - Chairman; 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

2014 Race Rating

(District: RI-B)
Safe Democrat

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


Twitter Followers (@SenWhitehouse)


Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse has the 93rd most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.

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.