District: 16th District Political Highlights: Pa. House, 1973-97; U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-present Born: Oct. 10, 1939; Lexington, Ky. Residence: Kennett Square Religion: Protestant Family: Wife, Virginia M. "Ginny" Pitts; three children Education: Asbury College, A.B. 1961; West Chester State College, M.Ed. 1972 Military Service: Air Force, 1963-69 Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (9th term) Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Energy & Power; Environment & the Economy; Health - Chairman)
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.