District: 36th District Political Highlights: sought Republican nomination for U.S. House, 1990; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1992; U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-97; defeated for re-election to U.S. House, 1996; sought Republican nomination for Texas Railroad Commission, 1998; candidate for U.S. House (special election), 2006; sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 2014; U.S. House of Representatives, 2013-15 Born: Nov. 14, 1956; Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Residence: Friendswood Religion: Baptist Family: Wife, Patti Ferguson Education: San. Jacinto College, attended 1985-86; U. of Houston, Clear Lake, B.S. 1990 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2012 (2nd term) End of Service: Jan. 3, 2015 Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Organizations; Europe, Eurasia & Emerging Threats); Science, Space & Technology (Research and Technology; Space)
Defeated in a primary for the U.S. Senate on March 4, 2014
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.