Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
Democrat • Rhode Island • 2nd Term • Sworn In 2007
- 30 Sponsored Bills (Ranks 44 of 100) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks 29 of 100)
- 296 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks 10 of 100) 5 Made Into Law (Ranks 8 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 1 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 26 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 2 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.519Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Jul 24, 2014 8 Views
A resolution designating August 16, 2014, as "National Airborne Day".
S.Res.521Referred to the Committee Jul 24, 2014 6 Views
A resolution designating July 26, 2014, as "United States Intelligence Professionals Day".
S.Res.510Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed Jul 22, 2014 8 Views
A resolution congratulating the Newport Jazz Festival on its 60th anniversary.
Recent Voting History
On the Cloture Motion PN1696: Pamela Harris, of Maryland, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth CircuitAye (with party)July 24, 2014
S. 2569: Bring Jobs Home Act
On the Cloture Motion S. 2569Aye (with party)July 23, 2014
On the Nomination PN1516: John W. deGravelles, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of LouisianaAye (with party)July 22, 2014