Political Highlights: Ark. House, 1991-95; sought Democratic nomination for Ark. attorney general, 1994; Ark. attorney general, 1999-2003; U.S. Senate, 2003-15 Born: Jan. 10, 1963; Fayetteville, Ark. Residence: Little Rock Religion: Christian Family: Engaged to Joi Whitfield; two children Education: U. of Arkansas, B.A. 1985; U. of Arkansas, J.D. 1988 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture - Chairman; Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Labor-HHS-Education; Military Construction-VA; Transportation-HUD); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet - Chairman; Consumer Protection, Product Safety & Insurance; Science & Space; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine; Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs; Emergency Management & District of Columbia; Financial & Contracting Oversight; Permanent Investigations); Rules & Administration; Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Select Ethics; Joint Economic
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.