Political Highlights: Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation commissioner, 1987-91; Small Business Administration official, 1992-93; Maine deputy treasurer, 1993; Republican nominee for governor, 1994; U.S. Senate, 1997-present Born: Dec. 7, 1952; Caribou, Maine Residence: Bangor Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Husband, Thomas Daffron Education: St. Lawrence U., B.A. 1975 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Energy-Water; Military Construction-VA; Transportation-HUD - Ranking Member); Select Intelligence; Special Aging
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.