District: 6th District Political Highlights: Petaluma City Council, 1985-93; U.S. House, 1993-2013 Born: Nov. 3, 1937; Seattle, Wash. Residence: Petaluma Religion: Presbyterian Family: Divorced; four children Education: U. of Washington, attended 1955-57; U. of San Francisco, B.S. 1980 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (10th term) Committee Assignments: Education & the Workforce (Early Childhood, Elementary & Secondary Education; Workforce Protections - Ranking Member); Science, Space & Technology (Energy & Environment)
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.