District: 12th District Political Highlights: sought Democratic nomination for Ga. House, 1986; Athens-Clarke County Commission, 1991-2005; U.S. House, 2005-present Born: Oct. 31, 1955; Athens, Ga. Residence: Augusta Religion: Baptist Family: Divorced; two children Education: U. of Georgia, B.A. 1976; Harvard U., J.D. 1979 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (5th term) Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade; Energy & Power; Environment & the Economy; Health)
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.