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Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.)

Political Highlights: Fort Thomas City Council, 1977-79; Ky. Senate, 1979-83; Republican nominee for governor, 1983; U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-99; U.S. Senate, 1999-2011
Born: Oct. 23, 1931; Southgate, Ky.
Residence: Southgate
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Mary Bunning; nine children
Education: Xavier U., B.S. 1953
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 1998 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection; Securities, Insurance & Investment - Ranking Member); Budget (Government Performance); Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; National Parks; Water & Power); Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure - Ranking Member; Health Care; International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness)

Election History
2004generalJim Bunning (R) 873,50750.7
Daniel Mongiardo (D) 850,85549.3
1998generalJim Bunning (R) 569,81749.7
Scotty Baesler (D) 563,05149.2
Charles Arbegust (REF) 12,5461.1
1996generalJim Bunning (R) 149,13568.4
Denny Bowman (D) 68,93931.6
1994generalJim Bunning (R) 96,69574.1
Sally Skaggs (D) 33,71725.9
1992generalJim Bunning (R) 139,63461.6
Floyd Poore (D) 86,89038.4
1990generalJim Bunning (R) 101,68069.0
Galen Martin (D) 44,97931.0
1988generalJim Bunning (R) 145,60974.0
Richard Beliles (D) 50,57526.0
1986generalJim Bunning (R) 67,62655.0
Terry Mann (D) 53,90644.0
Roll Call Vitals


Kentucky is 22nd on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Sen. Jim Bunning has no appearances on Sunday talk shows.

Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has the most appearances so far this year.

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.