Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse worked for the Rhode Island attorney general and governor before being appointed by President Clinton to serve as the US Attorney for Rhode Island. He then narrowly lost a hotly contested race for governor before entering the private sector. Whitehouse defeated Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee in 2006 and has since earned a reputation as one of the most effective progressive legislators in the Senate. Whitehouse’s father and grandfather were senior officials in the State Department and CIA, lending him a unique perspective on Middle East affairs. Whitehouse strongly supports the US-Israel relationship and efforts to achieve a two-state solution.