District: 12th District Political Highlights: St. Clair County Board chairman, 1980-88; U.S. House, 1988-2013 Born: Sept. 25, 1949; East St. Louis, Ill. Residence: Belleville Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Georgia Cockrum Costello; three children Education: Belleville Area College, A.A. 1971; Maryville College of the Sacred Heart, B.A. 1973 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1988 (12th full term) Committee Assignments: Science, Space & Technology (Space & Aeronautics - Ranking Member); Transportation & Infrastructure (Aviation - Ranking Member; Railroads, Pipelines & Hazardous Materials; Water Resources & Environment)
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.