Political Highlights: assistant U.S. attorney, 1975-77; U.S. attorney, 1981-93; Ala. attorney general, 1995-97; U.S. Senate, 1997-present Born: Dec. 24, 1946; Hybart, Ala. Residence: Mobile Religion: Methodist Family: Wife, Mary Sessions; three children Education: Huntingdon College, B.A. 1969; U. of Alabama, J.D. 1973 Military Service: Army Reserve, 1973-86 Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Seapower; Strategic Forces - Ranking Member); Budget; Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety - Ranking Member; Green Jobs & the New Economy; Transportation & Infrastructure; Water & Wildlife); Judiciary (Bankruptcy & Courts - Ranking Member; Crime & Terrorism; Immigration, Refugees & Border Security)
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.