Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island

Dick Durbin

U.S. Senator from Rhode Island

Sheldon Whitehouse was born in October 1955 in New York City. He earned an undergraduate degree from Yale College and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. 

He worked in the office of the Rhode Island Attorney General as a special assistant attorney, and later was executive counsel to Rhode Island’s governor. 

He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to be the U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island, a position he held for four and a half years. He was elected Attorney General of the State of Rhode Island where he served four years. He was elected to the United States Senate and assumed office in January 2007. 

Whitehouse is married to Sandra Thornton and they have two children. He is an Episcopalian. 

In the News…

A bill known as the Streamlining Interstate Transmission of Electricity (SITE) Act has been introduced in both the House and Senate.  Its goal is the improvement of log-range construction of the power grid with inter-regional high voltage transmission lines throughout the U.S. 

On introducing the bill, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island said, “If we don’t build more long-range transmission lines, much of the low-cost clean energy that is coming online will simply not be able to get to the homes and businesses that need it.  Our SITE Act would increase grid reliability, upgrade the nation’s creaky grid infrastructure, and lower emissions while responsibly balancing local needs and preferences.” 

Under the SITE act, a new federal authority would be set up at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to ease processes.  

In a statement, Senator Whitehouse said,” New transmission lines are needed to get more renewable energy to homes and businesses.  Without doubling the rate of transmission builds, the U.S. could lose up to 80 percent of the historic Inflation Reduction Act’s emissions reduction benefits.”

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Whitehouse today?  You can let him know at:

The Honorable Sheldon Whitehouse 
Senator from Rhode Island 
530 Hart Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510


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