District: 3rd District Political Highlights: candidate for La. House, 1975; La. House, 1987-93; U.S. House, 2005-11 Born: Oct. 3, 1947; Napoleonville, La. Residence: Napoleonville Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Peachy Melancon; two children Education: U. of Southwestern Louisiana, B.S. 1971 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2004 (3rd term) End of Service: Jan. 3, 2011 Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Communications, Technology & the Internet; Energy & Environment)
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.