District: 8th District Political Highlights: Republican nominee for Pa. House, 1990; Republican nominee for Pa. House, 1994; Bucks County Board of Commissioners, 1995-2005; U.S. House of Representatives, 2005-07; defeated for re-election to U.S. House, 2006; U.S. House of Representatives, 2011-present Born: June 28, 1963; Philadelphia, Pa. Residence: Levittown Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Kathy Fitzpatrick; six children Education: St. Thomas U. (Fla.), B.A. 1985; Dickinson School of Law, J.D. 1988 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Financial Services (Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit; Oversight & Investigations - Vice Chairman)
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.