Political Highlights: Jefferson County judge-executive, 1978-85; U.S. Senate, 1985-present Born: Feb. 20, 1942; Sheffield, Ala. Residence: Louisville Religion: Baptist Family: Wife, Elaine L. Chao; three children Education: U. of Louisville, B.A. 1964; U. of Kentucky, J.D. 1967 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1984 (5th term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry (Conservation, Forestry & Natural Resources; Livestock and Dairy; Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Food & Agricultural Research); Appropriations (Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Energy-Water; Military Construction-VA; State-Foreign Operations); Rules & Administration
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.