Whitehouse is the junior senator from Rhode Island and is a Democrat. He has served since Jan 4, 2007. Whitehouse is next up for reelection in 2018.
Read our 2017 Report Card for Whitehouse.
Whitehouse is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Whitehouse has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
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Sheldon Whitehouse sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
- Member, Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts
- Member, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
- Member, Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Finance
- United States Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control
Whitehouse was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 524 (114th): Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016
- S. 1523 (114th): A bill to amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program, and for other purposes.
- S. 2393 (114th): Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015
- S. 2357 (114th): Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2015
- S. 2073 (114th): A bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 7715 Post Road in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, as the “Melvoid J. Benson ...
- S. 3008 (113th): Foreclosure Relief and Extension for Servicemembers Act of 2014
- S. 1793 (112th): Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Whitehouse sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Taxation (23%) Environmental Protection (16%) Crime and Law Enforcement (13%) Education (10%) Armed Forces and National Security (10%) Health (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (6%)
Some of Whitehouse’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2649: A bill to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a natural gas ...
- S. 2459: No Tax Breaks for Outsourcing Act
- S. 2368: American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act of 2018
- S. 2298: New England Coastal Protection Act
- S. 2176: Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment Act
- S. 2136: PSLF Technical Corrections Act
- S. 2084: Community Partnerships in Education Act
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H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
S. 139: FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017
Jan 18, 2018. Motion Agreed to 65/34.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. The bill would extend so-called "section 702" government surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill was originally introduced and passed the Senate in 2017 as the Rapid DNA ...
On the Nomination PN43: Mike Pompeo, of Kansas, to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Jan 23, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 66/32.
This vote confirmed Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. * * * Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS4), a three-term Congressman first elected in 2010, was President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as CIA Director. ...
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
On the Nomination PN959: Ben S. Bernanke, of New Jersey, to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System for a term of four ...
Jan 28, 2010. Nomination Confirmed 70/30.
H.R. 2419 (110th): Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008
Dec 14, 2007. Bill Passed 79/14.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub.L. 110–234, H.R. 2419, 122 Stat. 923, enacted May 22, 2008, also known as the 2008 U.S. Farm Bill) was a $288 billion, five-year agricultural policy bill that was passed into law by the United States Congress ...
From Jan 2007 to Apr 2018, Whitehouse missed 31 of 3,402 roll call votes, which is 0.9%. This is better than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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