Political Highlights: Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1972; lieutenant governor, 1983-85; U.S. Senate, 1985-2013; Democratic nominee for president, 2004; secretary of State, 2013-present Born: Dec. 11, 1943; Aurora, Colo. Residence: Boston Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry; two children, three stepchildren Education: Yale U., B.A. 1966; Boston College, J.D. 1976 Military Service: Navy, 1966-70; Naval Reserve, 1966 Confirmed or Appointed: Feb. 1, 2013
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.