Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1993-97; U.S. Senate, 1999-2011 Born: Sept. 30, 1960; Helena, Ark. Residence: Little Rock Religion: Episcopalian Family: Husband, Steve Lincoln; two children Education: Randolph-Macon Woman's College, B.A. 1982 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1998 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry; Energy & Natural Resources (National Parks; Public Lands & Forests; Water & Power); Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care; Social Security, Pensions & Family Policy - Chairwoman); Special Aging
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.