Political Highlights: Maine House, 1973-77; Maine Senate, 1977-79; U.S. House, 1979-95; U.S. Senate, 1995-2013 Born: Feb. 21, 1947; Aug.a, Maine Residence: Falmouth Religion: Greek Orthodox Family: Husband, John R. McKernan Jr. Education: U. of Maine, B.A. 1969 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1994 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Commerce, Science & Transportation (Communications, Technology & the Internet; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard - Ranking Member); Finance (Taxation & IRS Oversight); Small Business & Entrepreneurship; Select Intelligence
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.