About Senator Sheehan

Date of Birth: January 27, 1966

He is married to Meredith and they have two children, Colin and Liam.

Occupation: Educator (History) at Toll Gate High School, Warwick, RI

Education Background

  • North Kingstown High School in 1984, Diploma
  • University of Rhode Island in 1988, BA
  • Catholic University in 1992 with a MA and received his Rhode Island College Teacher’s Certification in 1995

Professional Associations

  • Co-Chair of the William H. Sheehan Scholarship Fund
  • Save the Bay
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Political Background

  • Current Member: RI State Senate
  • Current Chairman: Senate Quonset Commission
  • Member: Commission to Study the QDP Steam Plant Closure (2001)
  • Member: State House Security Commission (2002)
  • Chairman: Ocean State Defense League (grassroots anti-container port organization)
  • Board Member: Quonset Davisville Management Corporation
  • Member: North Kingstown Democratic Town Committee
  • 1998 Candidate: U.S. Congress
  • Campaign Volunteer: Weygand for Congress
  • Intern: Office of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell
  • Research Intern: German Parliament
  • Foreign Policy Intern: Atlantic Council of the United States


  • Saratoga Museum Foundation Award (2009)
  • Conservation Legislator of the Year Award (2005)
  • Community Service Award (2002)
  • RI Saltwater Anglers Association 2002 Environmental Award
  • President's Academic Excellence Award (URI, 1988)