Sheldon Whitehouse

Ben Cardin



RACE SUMMARY:  Whitehouse’s home state of Rhode Island is heavily Democratic.  He won his first Senate race with a 65 percent vote margin, which helped  give Democrats control of the Senate.  He is a strong ally of JAC supporting its core issues in the Senate.

VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart, Govtrack US


Party:  Democrat
Born:  10/20/95
Education:  Yale University (B.A.), University of Virginia, (J.D.)
Occupation:  Lawyer
Family:  Married, 2 children
Religion:  Episcopalian


  • U. S. Attorney for District of Rhode Island (1993-1998)
  • Attorney General of Rhode Island (1998-2003)
  • United States Senator (2007-Present)


  • Committee on the Budget
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Committee on the Judiciary
  • Committee on Finance
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe 

Elected: 2006



  • Co-sponsored U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act which states that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States and directs the U.S. to engage in cooperative activities with Israel in the areas such as water, energy, agriculture and homeland security
  • Supported U.S. funding for Israel’s Iron Dome defense program
  • Supported a resolution expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders.



  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Supports Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy


In His Own Words

  • “The United States has a unique bond with Israel and her people, a staunch and enduring alliance founded on our nations' shared commitment to democracy.” 1
  •  "For a nation that came into the world at a time of turbulence, and which has faced many challenges throughout the years, Israel's continued success is a living monument to the strength and will of the Jewish people there and around the world. I have no doubt that Israel will continue to grow and prosper into the future."  2

SOURCES: (1), (2)

Interesting Facts

Whitehouse's father was a WWII Marine pilot.

Both his father and grandfather held diplomatic posts.

Whitehouse is a descendent of William Bradford, colonial governor of Massachusetts, and Charles Crocker, who was instrunental in building the Central Pacific Railroad.