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Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

United States Senator, Rhode Island

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse represents Rhode Island in the U.S. Senate, where he serves on the Budget Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; the Judiciary Committee; the Finance Committee; and the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Growing up in a Foreign Service family, Whitehouse lived in Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa, Congo, Guinea, Laos, and Thailand. While abroad, he learned firsthand the example American democracy sets for the world.

Senator Whitehouse has fought in the Senate on behalf of veterans and current members of our armed forces, including passing into law foreclosure protections for service members leaving active duty. He has been a leading voice for funding to clean up Agent Orange-contaminated sites in Vietnam and assist those afflicted with related health conditions. On both the Helsinki Commission and the Judiciary Committee, Senator Whitehouse has advanced legislation cracking down on kleptocracy and corruption abroad, and played a key role in passing bipartisan legislation to aid law enforcement in tracking illicit funding of crime and terrorism through shell corporations. First with Senator McCain and then with Senator Graham, Whitehouse has served since 2013 as the Democratic lead for the annual congressional delegation to the Munich Security Conference.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Sheldon served in multiple senior roles in Rhode Island government before his appointment by President Clinton as Rhode Island’s United States Attorney in 1994. Sheldon was elected Attorney General of Rhode Island in 1998, and in 2006 to the Senate.

He and his wife Sandra live in Newport. They have two grown children.

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