Political Highlights: Hennepin County attorney, 1999-2007; U.S. Senate, 2007-present; U.S. Senate, Born: May 25, 1960; Plymouth, Minn. Residence: Minneapolis Religion: Congregationalist Family: Husband, John Bessler; one child Education: Yale U., B.A. 1982; U. of Chicago, J.D. 1985 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry; Commerce, Science & Transportation; Judiciary (Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights - Ranking Member; Crime & Terrorism; Immigration and the National Interest; Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts); Rules & Administration
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.