District: 18th District Political Highlights: Atwater City Council, 1984-87; Merced City Council, 1994-95; Calif. Assembly, 1996-2002; U.S. House, 2003-12 Born: March 31, 1959; Merced, Calif. Residence: Atwater Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Kathleen McLoughlin; three children Education: U. of Maryland, B.A. 1982 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (5th term) End of Service: Aug. 15, 2012 Committee Assignments: Agriculture (General Farm Commodities & Risk Management; Livestock, Rural Development & Credit - Ranking Member); Foreign Affairs (Asia & the Pacific; Middle East & North Africa)
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.