Sheldon Whitehouse (born October 20, 1955) is the Junior United States Senator from the state of Rhode Island. A Democrat, he previously served as United States Attorney (1994–1998) and state Attorney General for Rhode Island. Whitehouse defeated liberal Republican incumbent Lincoln Chafee in the November 7, 2006 election.
After allegations of voter registration fraud by the group ACORN, Sheldon Whitehouse was one of seven Democrats that voted to continue funding ACORN. The vote failed and ACORN was stripped of funding in the Senate  Bill Wilson of Americans for Limited Government said, "The ACORN Housing Corporation has long been pushing the very loose-lending policies that helped destroy the housing industry. And now it has been exposed for working with prostitutes, as well. Yet, these seven Senators [Whitehouse] have knowingly voted to keep sending taxpayer money to a highly corrupt organization of pushers and pimps,"