Political Highlights: U.S. House of Representatives, 1973-78; U.S. Senate, 1978-present Born: Dec. 7, 1937; Pontotoc, Miss. Residence: Oxford Religion: Baptist Family: Widowed; two children Education: U. of Mississippi, B.A. 1959; U. of Mississippi, J.D. 1965 Military Service: Navy, 1959-61 Start of Service: Elected: 1978 (7th term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry; Appropriations (Defense - Chairman); 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.