About the NEA

Sheldon Whitehouse

U.S. Senate, D-RI

In 2013, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse was re-appointed to the National Council on the Arts by Majority Leader Harry Reid. He is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate representing the State of Rhode Island. During the 113th Congress, Senator Whitehouse serves on the Budget Committee, the Judiciary Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Environment & Public Works Committee, and the Special Committee on Aging. Upon his appointment to the Council, Whitehouse stated, "The NEA supports Rhode Island artists, performances, and educational opportunities that make our communities richer, our economy stronger, and our lives more meaningful. Our great senator, Claiborne Pell, championed the NEA, and I'm proud to have the opportunity to assist this organization in its important work." A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Whitehouse served as a policy adviser and counsel in the Office of the Governor of Rhode Island before being nominated by President Bill Clinton to be Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney in 1994. He was elected Attorney General in 1998 and served until 2003.