Political Highlights: N.Y. Assembly, 1975-81; U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-99; U.S. Senate, 1999-present; U.S. Senate, ; U.S. Senate, Born: Nov. 23, 1950; Brooklyn, N.Y. Residence: Brooklyn Religion: Jewish Family: Wife, Iris Weinshall; two children Education: Harvard U., A.B. 1971; Harvard U., J.D. 1974 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1998 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Finance (International Trade, Customs & Global Competitiveness; Social Security, Pensions & Family Policy; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Judiciary (Crime & Terrorism; Immigration and the National Interest - Ranking Member; Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts; Privacy, Technology & the Law); Rules & Administration; Joint Library; 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.