Political Highlights: Mo. House, 1983-89; sought Democratic nomination for Jackson County prosecutor, 1988; Jackson County Legislature, 1991-93; Jackson County prosecutor, 1993-99; Mo. auditor, 1999-2007; Democratic nominee for governor, 2004; U.S. Senate, 2007-present Born: July 24, 1953; Rolla, Mo. Residence: Kirkwood Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Husband, Joseph Shepard; seven children Education: U. of Missouri, B.A. 1975; U. of Missouri, J.D. 1978 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Readiness & Management Support; Strategic Forces); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Communications, Technology & the Internet; Consumer Protection, Product Safety & Insurance - Chairwoman; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs; Financial & Contracting Oversight - Chairwoman; Permanent Investigations); Special Aging
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.