District: 4th District Political Highlights: Republican nominee for Kan. House, 1990; Kan. Senate, 1993-95; U.S. House, 1995-2011 Born: June 15, 1951; Vermillion, S.D. Residence: Goddard Religion: Assemblies of God Family: Wife, Vicki Tiahrt; three children (one deceased) Education: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, attended 1969-71; Evangel College, B.A. 1975; Southwest Missouri State U., M.B.A. 1989 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1994 (8th term) End of Service: Jan. 3, 2011 Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Defense; Labor-HHS-Education - Ranking Member)
Defeated by Rep. Jerry Moran, R, in Senate primary on August 3, 2010
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.