Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. Senate, 2011-present Born: April 8, 1955; Mankato, Minn. Residence: Oshkosh Religion: Lutheran Family: Wife, Jane Johnson; three children Education: U. of Minnesota, B.S. 1977; U. of Minnesota, attended 1977-79 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st term) Committee Assignments: Budget; Commerce, Science & Transportation; Foreign Relations (East Asia; Europe and Regional Security Cooperation - Chairman; Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism; State Department and USAID Management); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
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.