Rhode Island’s junior senator, Sheldon Whitehouse, has compiled almost $2 million in his campaign account ahead of a re-election challenge next year.
Whitehouse raised $854,000 for his campaign account in the first three months of this year. That pushes his war chest to a balance of $1.7 million.
Whitehouse was first elected to the Senate when he beat then-Republican Lincoln Chafee in 2006. The Democrat is now serving his second term.
State Rep. Robert Nardolillo, a Republican from Coventry, plans to announce a challenge to Whitehouse next month. Former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders is also considering running as a Republican.
In related news, Whitehouse’s office has released a summary of his taxes for 2015.
This comes after Whitehouse recently reversed his traditional opposition to releasing his taxes. He said he did not release his taxes in the past due to the age of his children.
According to Whitehouse’s office, the senator and his wife had state and federal tax liability of roughly $121,000 in 2015. That means they paid one-quarter of their adjusted gross income in taxes.