District: 2nd District Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. House, 1995-2012 Born: March 11, 1965; Greenville, S.C. Residence: Chicago Religion: Baptist Family: Wife, Sandi Jackson; two children Education: North Carolina A&T State U., B.S. 1987; Chicago Theological Seminary, M.A. 1990; U. of Illinois, J.D. 1993 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1995 (8th full term) End of Service: Nov. 21, 2012 Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Labor-HHS-Education; State-Foreign Operations)
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.