District: 7th District Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. House, 1997-2015 Born: Aug. 6, 1956; Lumberton, N.C. Residence: Lumberton Religion: Presbyterian Family: Wife, Dee McIntyre; two children Education: U. of North Carolina, B.A. 1978; U. of North Carolina, J.D. 1981 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (9th term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Conservation, Energy & Forestry; Livestock, Rural Development & Credit); Armed Services (Seapower & Projection Forces - Ranking Member; Tactical Air & Land Forces)
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.