Political Highlights: assistant U.S. attorney, 1978-81; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 1982; Democratic nominee for U.S. House, 1988; N.M. attorney general, 1991-99; U.S. House of Representatives, 1999-2009; U.S. Senate, 2009-present Born: May 18, 1948; Tucson, Ariz. Residence: Santa Fe Religion: Mormon Family: Wife, Jill Z. Cooper; one child Education: Prescott College, B.A. 1970; Cambridge U., B.L.L. 1975; U. of New Mexico, J.D. 1977 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (1st term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Energy-Water; Financial Services - Chairman; Interior-Environment; Military Construction-VA; Transportation-HUD); Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Superfund, Toxics & Environmental Health - Chairman; Transportation & Infrastructure); Foreign Relations (African Affairs; East Asian & Pacific Affairs; International Development; Western Hemisphere & Global Narcotics Affairs - Chairman); Indian Affairs; Rules & Administration; Joint Printing
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.