District: 1st District Political Highlights: independent candidate for Cincinnati City Council, 1979; Republican candidate for Cincinnati City Council, 1983; Cincinnati City Council, 1985-90; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1988; Hamilton County Board of Commissioners, 1990-95; U.S. House, 1995-2009; defeated for re-election to U.S. House, 2008; U.S. House, 2011-present Born: Jan. 22, 1953; Cincinnati, Ohio Residence: Cincinnati Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Donna Chabot; two children Education: College of William & Mary, A.B. 1975; Northern Kentucky U., J.D. 1978 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1994 (9th term) Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Asia & the Pacific - Chairman; Middle East & North Africa); Judiciary (Constitution & Civil Justice; Courts, Intellectual Property & the Internet); Small Business (Economic Growth, Tax & Capital Access; Investigations, Oversight & Regulations)
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.