District: 8th District Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. House of Representatives, 1996-2013 Born: Sept. 16, 1950; Washington, D.C. Residence: Cape Girardeau Religion: Presbyterian Family: Husband, Ron Gladney; two children, six stepchildren Education: Ohio Wesleyan U., B.A. 1972 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (9th full term) End of Service: Jan. 22, 2013 Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Labor-HHS-Education; Legislative Branch)
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.