District: At Large Political Highlights: U.S. House, 2011-13; N.D. House, 1985-2010 Born: Aug. 16, 1959; Maddock, N.D. Residence: Fargo Religion: Lutheran Family: Wife, Tracy Martin; one child Education: North Dakota State School of Science, attended 1977-78; North Dakota State U., B.A. 1981 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st term) End of Service: Jan. 3, 2013 Committee Assignments: Ways & Means (Human Resources; Select Revenue Measures; Social Security)
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.