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 (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Science & Space; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine; Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation); Foreign Relations (East Asian & Pacific Affairs; European Affairs - Ranking Member; International Operations & Organizations; Near Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs; Financial & Contracting Oversight - Ranking Member; Permanent Investigations); Small Business & Entrepreneurship
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.