Political Highlights: Ala. Senate, 1971-79; U.S. House of Representatives, 1979-87; U.S. Senate, 1987-present Born: May 6, 1934; Birmingham, Ala. Residence: Tuscaloosa Religion: Presbyterian Family: Wife, Annette Nevin Shelby; two children Education: U. of Alabama, A.B. 1957; U. of Alabama, LL.B. 1963 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1986 (5th term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science - Ranking Member); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Rules & Administration
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.