District: 11th District Political Highlights: Republican nominee for Hazleton City Council, 1996; Hazleton City Council, 1998-00; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 2002; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 2008; mayor of Hazleton, 2000-2010; U.S. House of Representatives, 2011-present Born: Jan. 28, 1956; Hazleton, Pa. Residence: Hazleton Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Mary Grace Barletta; four children Education: Bloomsburg State College, attended 1973-76; Luzerne County Community College, attended 1976-77 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Education & the Workforce (Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions; Higher Education & Workforce Training); Homeland Security (Border & Maritime Security; Oversight and Management Efficiency); Transportation & Infrastructure (Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management - Chairman; Highways & Transit; Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials)
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.