District: 8th District Political Highlights: Ariz. House, 1985-87; defeated for re-election to Ariz. House, 1986; sought Republican nomination for U.S. House, 1994; U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-present Born: June 19, 1957; Uravan, Colo. Residence: Peoria Religion: Baptist Family: Wife, Josephine Franks; two children Education: Ottawa U. (Ariz.), attended 1989-90 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (7th term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Emerging Threats and Capabilities; Strategic Forces); Judiciary
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.