District: 10th District Political Highlights: Quincy City Council, 1971-73; Mass. House, 1973-75; Norfolk County district attorney, 1975-97; U.S. House, 1997-2011 Born: July 18, 1941; Quincy, Mass. Residence: Quincy Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Divorced; two children Education: Middlebury College, B.A. 1963; Boston College, J.D. 1967 Military Service: Coast Guard, 1963; Coast Guard Reserve, 1963-71 Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (7th term) Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Europe - Chairman; International Organizations, Human Rights & Oversight); Judiciary (Commercial & Administrative Law - Vice Chairman; Constitution, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties; Task Force on Judicial Impeachment)
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.