Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Democrat • Rhode Island • 2nd Term • Sworn In 2007
- 30 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 47 of 100) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 31 of 100)
- 309 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 10 of 100) 7 Made Into Law (Ranks 4 of 100)
Born in 1955, Whitehouse is the son of Charles Whitehouse, a WWII veteran and a three-time ambassador. Whitehouse is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School. In 1994 President Bill Clinton appointed Whitehouse to be the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island. As U.S. Attorney Whitehouse prosecuted the first case the new federal "three strikes" law and began the investigation into what became Operation Plunder Dome, a municipal corruption case that sent Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci to jail on conspiracy charges.
In 1998 Whitehouse was elected Rhode Island's Attorney General. As Attorney General he initiated a lawsuit against the lead paint industry that ended in a mistrial; the state later won a second lawsuit against former lead paint manufacturers Sherwin Williams Co., Millennium Holdings and NL Industries that found them responsible for creating a public nuisance. Whitehouse also founded the Rhode Island Quality Institute, "an organization dedicated to improving health care quality in the State of Rhode Island,"http://www.riqi.org/matriarch/default.asp and authorized the first Rhode Island State Police wire tap to investigate public corruption. Read More...
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- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
- Water and Wildlife
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Employment and Workplace Safety
- Primary Health and Aging
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Bankruptcy and the Courts
- Crime and Terrorism
- Privacy, Technology and the Law
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
- United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Most Recent Sponsored Bills
S.2528 - Strengthening Investigations of Missing Children Act of 2014Read twice and referred Jun 25, 2014 5 Views
A bill to clarify the authority of the United States Marshals Service to assist other Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies in th...
S.2516 - Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light On Spending in Elections Act of 2014Committee on Rules and Administration Jul 23, 2014 19 Views
A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizati...
S.2471 - Medical Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2014Read twice and referred Jun 12, 2014 5 Views
A bill to amend title 11 of the United States Code to provide bankruptcy protections for medically distressed debtors, and for other purposes.
Most Recent Co-Sponsored Bills
S.Res.543Referred to the Committee Sep 11, 2014 12 Views
A resolution designating November 1, 2014, as National Bison Day.
S.2789Sponsor introductory remarks on measure Sep 10, 2014 15 Views
A bill to amend part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide full Federal funding of such part.
S.Res.539Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Sep 09, 2014 39 Views
A resolution relative to the death of James M. Jeffords, former United States Senator for the State of Vermont.
Recent Voting History
On the Cloture Motion PN1931: Stephen G. Burns, of Maryland, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the term of five years expiring June 30, 2019Aye (with party)September 15, 2014
On the Cloture Motion PN1930: Jeffery Martin Baran, of Virginia, to be a Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2015Aye (with party)September 15, 2014
S. 2199: Paycheck Fairness Act
On the Cloture Motion S. 2199Aye (with party)September 15, 2014