District: 49th District Political Highlights: sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 1998; U.S. House, 2001-present Born: Nov. 1, 1953; Cleveland, Ohio Residence: Vista Religion: Antioch Orthodox Christian Church Family: Wife, Kathy Issa; one child Education: Kent State U., A.A. 1976; Siena Heights College, B.A. 1976 Military Service: Army, 1970-72; Army, 1976-80; Army Reserve, 1980-88 Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (7th term) Committee Assignments: Judiciary (Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet; Regulatory Reform, Commercial & Antitrust Law); Oversight & Government Reform
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.