Political Highlights: Kan. Senate, 1989-97; U.S. House, 1997-2011; U.S. Senate, 2011-present Born: May 29, 1954; Great Bend, Kan. Residence: Manhattan Religion: Christian Family: Wife, Robba Moran; two children Education: Fort Hays Kansas State College, attended 1972-73; U. of Kansas, B.S. 1976; U. of Kansas, J.D. 1981 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Financial Services; Homeland Security; Labor-HHS-Education - Ranking Member; Transportation-HUD); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection; Housing, Transportation & Community Development - Ranking Member; National Security & International Trade and Finance); Veterans' Affairs
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.