District: 8th District Political Highlights: Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1996; Republican nominee for Ill. House, 1998; U.S. House, 2011-13 Born: Dec. 27, 1961; Evanston, Ill. Residence: McHenry Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Helene Walsh; three children, two stepchildren Education: U. of Iowa, B.A. 1985; U. of Chicago, A.M. 1991 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st term) Committee Assignments: Homeland Security (Counterterrorism & Intelligence; Transportation Security - Vice Chairman); Oversight & Government Reform (Health Care, District of Columbia, Census & the National Archives; TARP, Financial Services & Bailouts of Public and Private Programs); Small Business (Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access - Chairman; Healthcare & Technology; Investigations, Oversight & Regulations)
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.