Political Highlights: Ohio House, 1967-71; Cuyahoga County auditor, 1971-76; Cuyahoga County Commission, 1977-78; lieutenant governor, 1979; mayor of Cleveland, 1979-89; Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, 1988; governor, 1991-99; U.S. Senate, 1999-2011 Born: July 15, 1936; Cleveland, Ohio Residence: Cleveland Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Janet Voinovich; four children (one deceased) Education: Ohio U., B.A. 1958; Ohio State U., J.D. 1961 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1998 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Energy-Water; Homeland Security - Ranking Member; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Green Jobs & the New Economy; Transportation & Infrastructure - Ranking Member); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Efficiency of Federal Programs - Ranking Member; Federal Financial Management; State, Local & Private Sector Preparedness)
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.