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}}{{tnr}}'''Sheldon Whitehouse''' (b. October 20, 1955) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[U.S. Senate]] from the state of [[Rhode Island]]. Whitehouse was first elected to the Senate in 2006.
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}}{{tnr}}'''Sheldon Whitehouse''' (b. October 20, 1955, in New York, [[New York]]) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] from [[Rhode Island]]. Whitehouse was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and assumed office on January 3, 2007. He is currently serving his second consecutive term in the U.S. Senate, having won re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/whitehouse-kicks-off-2012-reelection-campaign-money-chase/ ''WRNI Politics Blog'', "Whitehouse kicks off 2012 re-election campaign money chase," January 31, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/senate-battle-heats-up-hinckley-blasts-whitehouse/ ''Go Local Providence'', "Senate Battle Heats Up: Hinckley Blasts Whitehouse," accessed February 18, 2012]</ref> He defeated B. Barrett Hinckley, III (R) and various write-in challengers in the general election on [[United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2012|November 6, 2012]].
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Whitehouse is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]".<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=412247 ''Gov Track'' "Sheldon Whitehouse," Accessed March 3, 2012]</ref>
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Whitehouse's current term expires on January 3, 2019, and he will come up for re-election in 2018.
  
Whitehouse ran for, and won re-election in 2012.<ref>[http://wrnipoliticsblog.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/whitehouse-kicks-off-2012-reelection-campaign-money-chase/ ''WRNI Politics Blog'' "Whitehouse kicks off 2012 reelection campaign money chase," January 31, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.golocalprov.com/politics/senate-battle-heats-up-hinckley-blasts-whitehouse/ ''Go Local Providence'' "Senate Battle Heats Up: Hinckley Blasts Whitehouse," Accessed February 18, 2012]</ref>
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{{Introanalysis
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==Career==
 
==Career==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Whitehouse's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000802 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Sheldon Whitehouse," Accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Whitehouse's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000802 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed November 4, 2011]</ref>
 
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*1978: Graduated from Yale University
 
*1978: Graduated from Yale University
 
*1982: Received his J.D. from the University of Virginia
 
*1982: Received his J.D. from the University of Virginia
 
*1992-1994: Served as director, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
 
*1992-1994: Served as director, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
*1994-1998: Served as United States attorney
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*1994-1998: Served as United States Attorney
*1999-2003: Served as Rhode Island State attorney general
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*1999-2003: Served as Rhode Island State Attorney General
*2007-Present: U.S Senator from Rhode Island
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*2007-Present: [[United States Senate| U.S. Senator from Rhode Island]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Whitehouse serves on the following committees<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>:
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Whitehouse serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works]]
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
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Whitehouse served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Budget|Budget]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Budget|Budget]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works|Environment and Public Works]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works|Environment and Public Works]]
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*[[United States Special Committee on Aging|Aging]]
 
*[[United States Special Committee on Aging|Aging]]
  
==Issues==
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====Senate Judiciary Committee====
===Senate Judiciary Committee===
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Whitehouse was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Senate in 2007.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20130513015339/http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/PreviousCommitteeMembership.cfm ''Senate.gov'', "Senate Judiciary Committee List of past members"]</ref>.
  
Sheldon Whitehouse was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Senate in 2007<ref>[http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/PreviousCommitteeMembership.cfm "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of past members]</ref>.
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Whitehouse is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. In addition, Whitehouse serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, The Constitution, Immigration, and Refugees and Border Security.<ref>[http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommitteesindex.cfm ''Senate.gov'', "Senate Judiciary Committee List of Subcommittees"] ''([[dead link]])''</ref>
  
Senator Whitehouse is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. In addition, Senator Whitehouse serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, The Constitution, Immigration, and Refugees and Border Security<ref>[http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/subcommittees/index.cfm "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees]</ref>
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==Key votes==
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===113th Congress===
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{{113thVotes
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|Lastname=Whitehouse
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|Passed=22
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|Total=4315
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|Date=August 1, 2013
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|Ref=<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/Resumes/current.pdf ''Congressional Record'', "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
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====National security====
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=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
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{{Yea vote}} Whitehouse voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/2572/sheldon-whitehouse#.UmBw8VN0I7I ''Project Vote Smart'', "Sheldon Whitehouse Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013]</ref>
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====Economy====
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=====Farm bill=====
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{{Senate Farm Bill Dem No|Name=Whitehouse}}
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=====2014 Budget=====
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{{Senate Budget 2014 Dem Yes|Name=Whitehouse}}
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=====Government shutdown=====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Whitehouse voted with the [[Democratic Party]] for the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
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{{Yea vote}} Whitehouse voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Immigration====
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=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
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{{Nay vote}} Whitehouse voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Social issues====
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=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
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{{Yea vote}} Whitehouse voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal cliff====
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{{Yea vote}} Whitehouse voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate,'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s060_020.gif|right|290px|thumb|Whitehouse's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Whitehouse is a '''Populist-Leaning Liberal.''' Whitehouse received a score of 62 percent on social issues and 23 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Whitehouse|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/Sheldon_Whitehouse.htm ''On The Issues'', "Whitehouse Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Favors
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|Hiring= Strongly Favors
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|Marriage= Strongly Favors
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|God= Unknown
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|ObamaCare=Neutral
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Opposes
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|Animals=Strongly Opposes
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|Crime= Opposes
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|Guns= Strongly Opposes
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|Taxes=Favors
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|Citizenship=Favors
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|Free Trade= Strongly Opposes
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|United Nations=Strongly Opposes
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|Military=Opposes
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Neutral
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|Energy=Opposes
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|Marijuana=Strongly Opposes
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|Stimulus=Opposes
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}}
  
===2012 Campaign themes===
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===Campaign themes===
According to Sheldon Whitehouse's website, his campaign themes included:
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====2012====
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According to Whitehouse's website, his campaign themes included:
 
* Jobs; "...focused on creating Rhode Island's clean energy jobs of the future, and has introduced a bill to end corporate tax breaks companies receive when they ship jobs overseas."
 
* Jobs; "...focused on creating Rhode Island's clean energy jobs of the future, and has introduced a bill to end corporate tax breaks companies receive when they ship jobs overseas."
 
* Seniors; "...a co-founder of the Defend Social Security Caucus, he will always fight against attempts to risk Social Security on Wall Street."
 
* Seniors; "...a co-founder of the Defend Social Security Caucus, he will always fight against attempts to risk Social Security on Wall Street."
* Siding with Consumers and Homeowners; "...supporting legislation to give homeowners more leverage to renegotiate mortgages and standing up for consumers victimized when credit card companies raise interest rates through the roof."<ref>[http://www.whitehouseforsenate.com/issues ''Whitehouse for Senate'', "Issues," Accessed August 28, 2012]</ref>
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* Siding with Consumers and Homeowners; "...supporting legislation to give homeowners more leverage to renegotiate mortgages and standing up for consumers victimized when credit card companies raise interest rates through the roof."<ref>[https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.whitehouseforsenate.com/issues ''Whitehouse for Senate'', "Issues," accessed August 28, 2012]</ref>
===Fiscal Cliff===
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{{Support vote}}
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Whitehouse voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
::''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2012]]''
 
::''See also: [[United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2012]]''
 
 
Whitehouse won re-election in 2012. He defeated B. Barrett Hinckley, III (R) and various write-in challengers in the general election.
 
Whitehouse won re-election in 2012. He defeated B. Barrett Hinckley, III (R) and various write-in challengers in the general election.
  
 
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===Full history===
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====Polls====
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==Polls==
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|Title=Democratic Primary for Congress
 
|Title=Democratic Primary for Congress
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|Poll1= [https://web.archive.org/web/2/http://www.wpri.com/generic/news/politics/local_politics/campaign-2012-exclusive-poll-results-q4 "Campaign 2012 Exclusive Poll" February 20-23]
 
|Response1=Sheldon Whitehouse
 
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|Response4Poll1% = 2.5
 
|Response4Poll1% = 2.5
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===Full history===
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/1/Aaron-Schock Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Whitehouse attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Whitehouse
 
|Name=Whitehouse
 
|year=2006
 
|year=2006
 
|Editdate=April 22, 2013
 
|Editdate=April 22, 2013
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00027533&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Sheldon Whitehouse," Accessed April 22, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00027533&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed April 22, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Democratic
 
|party=Democratic
 
|totalraised2012=4883464
 
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|office2006=[[US Senate]] (Rhode Island)
 
|office2006=[[US Senate]] (Rhode Island)
 
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[[File:Sheldon Whitehouse 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Whitehouse's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Sheldon Whitehouse 2012 Donor Breakdown.png|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Whitehouse's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
Whitehouse won election to the [[U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Whithouse's campaign committee raised a total of $4,883,464 and spent $4,933,336.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=RIS1&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Sheldon Whitehouse's 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013]</ref>
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Whitehouse won election to the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Whithouse's campaign committee raised a total of $4,883,464 and spent $4,933,336.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=RIS1&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Sheldon Whitehouse's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013]</ref> This is less than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Whitehouse spent $18.20 per vote received in 2012.
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Whitehouse's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,549,198 to $8,564,999. That averages to '''$5,557,098.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Whitehouse ranked as the 26th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027533&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Whitehouse, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2006 and 2012, Whitehouse's calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> decreased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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{{Net worth PIG
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|2010 = 8883112.50
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|2011 =8311113
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|2012 =5557098
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the [[113th Congress]], Whitehouse is the chair of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Whitehouse received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Lawyers/Law Firms'' industry.
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From 2005-2014, '''36 percent of Whitehouse's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00027533&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed October 2, 2014]</ref>
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[[File:Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png|left|179px]]
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{{Cong career industries
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|total raised = 11651891
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|total spent = 11747744
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|ind1 = Lawyers/Law Firms
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|ind2 = Securities & Investment
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|ind3 = Retired
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|ind4 = Leadership PACs
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|ind5 = Real Estate
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|inddonor1 =1631412
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|inddonor2 =973565
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|inddonor3 = 571558
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|inddonor4 =532262
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|inddonor5 = 486079
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==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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===Ideology and leadership===
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Whitehouse is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-left Democrat]]" as of September 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/sheldon_whitehouse/412247 ''GovTrack'', "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed September 4, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Whitehouse received in July  2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/sheldon_whitehouse/412247 ''GovTrack'', "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed July 5, 2013]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412247_Sheldon_Whitehouse ''OpenCongress'', "Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed August 22, 2013]</ref>
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Whitehouse most often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jack Reed]]
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*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]
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Whitehouse least often votes with:
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*{{bluedot}} [[Joe Manchin]]
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*{{reddot}} [[James Risch]]
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Whitehouse paid his congressional staff a total of $2,201,382 in 2011. He ranks 6th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 22nd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, [[Rhode Island]] ranks 30th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/817/Sen_Sheldon_Whitehouse.html LegiStorm "Sheldon Whitehouse"]</ref>
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The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Whitehouse paid his congressional staff a total of $2,201,382 in 2011. He ranked 6th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 22nd overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, [[Rhode Island]] ranked 30th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/817/Sen_Sheldon_Whitehouse.html ''LegiStorm'', "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed August 6, 2012]</ref>
  
===Net worth===
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Whitehouse missed 22 of 1,935 roll call votes between January 2007 and April 2014. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of April 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/sheldon_whitehouse/412247 ''GovTrack,'' "Sheldon Whitehouse," Accessed April 17, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Whitehouse missed 25 of 2,386 roll call votes between January 2007 and July 2014. This amounts to 1.0 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/sheldon_whitehouse/412247 ''GovTrack'', "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed September 4, 2014]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Whitehouse's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,948,228 $13,673,998. That averages to $8,311,113.00, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450.  His average net worth decreased 6.44% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027533&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Whitehouse, (D-RI), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Whitehouse's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $3,475,226 and $14,290,999. That averages to $8,883,112.50, which is lower than  the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00027533&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Whitehouse, (D-RI), 2010"]</ref>
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. In 2012, Whitehouse ranked 20 out of 52 Democratic Senators in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-senate-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-senate-conservative-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal,'' "TABLE: Senate Conservative Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013]</ref>
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Whitehouse ranked 20th in the liberal rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings/table-senate-liberal-scores-by-issue-area-20130221 ''National Journal'', "TABLE: Senate Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 21, 2013]</ref>
  
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. In 2011, Whitehouse and fellow [[Democratic]] Rhode Island Senator [[Jack Reed]] both ranked 19th in the liberal rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Whitehouse and fellow [[Democratic]] Rhode Island Senator [[Jack Reed]] both ranked 19th in the liberal rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
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Sheldon Whitehouse
Sheldon Whitehouse.jpg
U.S. Senate, Rhode Island
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorLincoln Chafee (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$18.20 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$11,463,221
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Attorney General, Rhode Island
2000-2004
Education
Bachelor'sYale University, 1978
J.D.University of Virginia School of Law, 1982
Personal
BirthdayOctober 20, 1955
Place of birthNew York, NY
Net worth$5,557,098.50
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sheldon Whitehouse (b. October 20, 1955, in New York, New York) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from Rhode Island. Whitehouse was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and assumed office on January 3, 2007. He is currently serving his second consecutive term in the U.S. Senate, having won re-election in 2012.[1][2] He defeated B. Barrett Hinckley, III (R) and various write-in challengers in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Whitehouse's current term expires on January 3, 2019, and he will come up for re-election in 2018.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Whitehouse is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Whitehouse's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1978: Graduated from Yale University
  • 1982: Received his J.D. from the University of Virginia
  • 1992-1994: Served as director, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation
  • 1994-1998: Served as United States Attorney
  • 1999-2003: Served as Rhode Island State Attorney General
  • 2007-Present: U.S. Senator from Rhode Island

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Whitehouse serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-2012

Whitehouse served on the following committees:[5]

Senate Judiciary Committee

Whitehouse was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn into the Senate in 2007.[6].

Whitehouse is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. In addition, Whitehouse serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights, The Constitution, Immigration, and Refugees and Border Security.[7]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Whitehouse's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Whitehouse voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[10]

Economy

Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[11] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Whitehouse was one of nine Democratic senators who voted against the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Whitehouse voted with the Democratic Party in favor of the bill.[13][14]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Whitehouse voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[17]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png Whitehouse voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[10]

Immigration


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Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png Whitehouse voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png Whitehouse voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png Whitehouse voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003, while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[18]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Whitehouse's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Whitehouse is a Populist-Leaning Liberal. Whitehouse received a score of 62 percent on social issues and 23 percent on economic issues.[19]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[20]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Favors
Expand ObamaCare Neutral Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Favors Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Opposes
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Opposes
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Neutral
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Strongly Opposes
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[19]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Whitehouse's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Jobs; "...focused on creating Rhode Island's clean energy jobs of the future, and has introduced a bill to end corporate tax breaks companies receive when they ship jobs overseas."
  • Seniors; "...a co-founder of the Defend Social Security Caucus, he will always fight against attempts to risk Social Security on Wall Street."
  • Siding with Consumers and Homeowners; "...supporting legislation to give homeowners more leverage to renegotiate mortgages and standing up for consumers victimized when credit card companies raise interest rates through the roof."[21]

Elections

2012

See also: United States Senate elections in Rhode Island, 2012

Whitehouse won re-election in 2012. He defeated B. Barrett Hinckley, III (R) and various write-in challengers in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Rhode Island General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheldon Whitehouse Incumbent 64.8% 271,034
     Republican B. Barrett Hinckley, III 35% 146,222
     Write-in N/A 0.2% 933
Total Votes 418,189
Source: Rhode Island Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Polls

Democratic Primary for Congress
Poll Sheldon Whitehouse Barry HinckleyNot sureRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
"Campaign 2012 Exclusive Poll" February 20-23
50.1%27.8%19.6%2.5%+/-4.4511
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Full history


Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Whitehouse attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Whitehouse is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Whitehouse raised a total of $11,463,221 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[23]

Sheldon Whitehouse's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US Senate (Rhode Island) Won $4,883,464
2006 US Senate (Rhode Island) Won $6,579,757
Grand Total Raised $11,463,221

2012

Whitehouse won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Whithouse's campaign committee raised a total of $4,883,464 and spent $4,933,336.[24] This is less than the average $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[25]

Cost per vote

Whitehouse spent $18.20 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Whitehouse's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,549,198 to $8,564,999. That averages to $5,557,098.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senate members in 2012 of $13,566,333.90. Whitehouse ranked as the 26th most wealthy senator in 2012.[26] Between 2006 and 2012, Whitehouse's calculated net worth[27] decreased by an average of 7 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[28]

Sheldon Whitehouse Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2006$9,633,134
2012$5,557,098
Growth from 2006 to 2012:-42%
Average annual growth:-7%[29]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[30]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). In the 113th Congress, Whitehouse is the chair of the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism. Whitehouse received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Lawyers/Law Firms industry.

From 2005-2014, 36 percent of Whitehouse's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[31]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Sheldon Whitehouse Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $11,651,891
Total Spent $11,747,744
Chair of the the Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$1,631,412
Securities & Investment$973,565
Retired$571,558
Leadership PACs$532,262
Real Estate$486,079
% total in top industry14%
% total in top two industries22.36%
% total in top five industries36%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Whitehouse is a "far-left Democrat" as of September 2014.[32] This was the same rating Whitehouse received in July 2013.[33]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[34]

Whitehouse most often votes with:

Whitehouse least often votes with:


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Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Whitehouse paid his congressional staff a total of $2,201,382 in 2011. He ranked 6th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic senatorial staff salaries and ranked 22nd overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Rhode Island ranked 30th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[35]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Whitehouse missed 25 of 2,386 roll call votes between January 2007 and July 2014. This amounts to 1.0 percent, which is better than the median of 2.0 percent among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of July 2014.[36]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Whitehouse ranked 17th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[37]

2012

Whitehouse ranked 20th in the liberal rankings in 2012.[38]

2011

Whitehouse and fellow Democratic Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed both ranked 19th in the liberal rankings in 2011.[39]

Voting with Party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Whitehouse voted with the Democratic Party 94.9 percent of the time, which ranked 28th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of September 2014.[40]

2013

Whitehouse voted with the Democratic Party 94.8 percent of the time, which ranked 31st among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of June 2013.[41]

2011

Sheldon Whitehouse voted with the Democratic Party 98.0 percent of the time, which ranked 2nd among the 52 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[42]

Personal

Whitehouse and his wife, Sandra Thornton, have two children, Molly and Alexander.

Recent news

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See also

External links


References

  1. WRNI Politics Blog, "Whitehouse kicks off 2012 re-election campaign money chase," January 31, 2012
  2. Go Local Providence, "Senate Battle Heats Up: Hinckley Blasts Whitehouse," accessed February 18, 2012
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed November 4, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  6. Senate.gov, "Senate Judiciary Committee List of past members"
  7. Senate.gov, "Senate Judiciary Committee List of Subcommittees" (dead link)
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Sheldon Whitehouse Key Votes," accessed October 17, 2013
  11. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2642 (Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 )," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Politico, "Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. Senate, "January 16 Vote," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 On The Issues, "Whitehouse Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  20. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  21. Whitehouse for Senate, "Issues," accessed August 28, 2012
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed April 22, 2013
  24. Open Secrets, "Sheldon Whitehouse's 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  25. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  26. OpenSecrets, "Whitehouse, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  27. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  28. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  29. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  30. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed October 2, 2014
  32. GovTrack, "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed September 4, 2014
  33. GovTrack, "Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed July 5, 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse," accessed August 22, 2013
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Political offices
Preceded by
Lincoln Chafee
U.S. Senate - Rhode Island
2007-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
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Rhode Island Attorney General
2000-2004
Succeeded by
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