Political Highlights: Wash. House, 1987-92; U.S. House, 1993-95; defeated for re-election to U.S. House, 1994; U.S. Senate, 2001-present Born: Oct. 13, 1958; Indianapolis, Ind. Residence: Edmonds Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Single Education: Miami U. (Ohio), B.A. 1980 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security - Chairwoman; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine); Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; Water & Power); Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care; International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness); Indian Affairs; Small Business & Entrepreneurship
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.