District: 5th District Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1983-95; Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, 1994; U.S. House, 2003-present Born: June 19, 1954; Nashville, Tenn. Residence: Nashville Religion: Episcopalian Family: Wife, Martha Hayes Cooper; three children Education: U. of North Carolina, B.A. 1975; Oxford U., B.A., M.A. 1977; Harvard U., J.D. 1980 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (12th term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Strategic Forces - Ranking Member; Tactical Air & Land Forces); Oversight & Government Reform (Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements; Government Operations)
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.