Political Highlights: Anchorage Assembly, 1988-98; candidate for mayor of Anchorage, 1994; candidate for mayor of Anchorage, 2000; mayor of Anchorage, 2003-09; U.S. Senate, 2009-15 Born: March 30, 1962; Anchorage, Alaska Residence: Anchorage Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Deborah Bonito; one child Education: U. of Alaska, Anchorage, attended 1981-88 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (1st term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Homeland Security; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch; Military Construction-VA; State-Foreign Operations); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard - Chairman; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine; Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs; Emergency Management & District of Columbia - Chairman; Financial & Contracting Oversight); Indian Affairs; Veterans' Affairs
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.