District: 12th District Political Highlights: sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1996; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in a special election, 2013; U.S. House, 1999-present Born: Oct. 15, 1948; Weston, W.Va. Residence: Hopewell Township Religion: Quaker Family: Wife, Margaret Lancefield; three children Education: Carleton College, B.A. 1970; New York U., M.S. 1980; New York U., Ph.D. 1981 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1998 (8th term) Committee Assignments: Education & the Workforce (Health, Employment, Labor & Pensions; Higher Education & Workforce Training); Natural Resources (Energy & Mineral Resources - Ranking Member; Public Lands and Environmental Regulation)
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.