District: 2nd District Political Highlights: Hempstead Town Council, 1978-81; Nassau County comptroller, 1981-93; Republican nominee for N.Y. attorney general, 1986; U.S. House, 1993-present Born: April 5, 1944; Manhattan, N.Y. Residence: Seaford Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Rosemary King; two children Education: St. Francis College, B.A. 1965; U. of Notre Dame, J.D. 1968 Military Service: N.Y. National Guard, 1968-73 Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (11th term) Committee Assignments: Financial Services (Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises; Oversight & Investigations); Homeland Security (Counterterrorism & Intelligence - Chairman; Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications); Select Intelligence (Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis & Counterintelligence)
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.