Political Highlights: S.C. House, 1993-95; U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-2003; U.S. Senate, 2003-present Born: July 9, 1955; Seneca, S.C. Residence: Seneca Religion: Southern Baptist Family: Single Education: U. of South Carolina, B.A. 1977; U. of South Carolina, attended 1977-78; U. of South Carolina, J.D. 1981 Military Service: Air Force, 1982-88; Air Force Reserve, 1988-89; S.C. Air National Guard, 1989-96; Air Force Reserve, 2003-present Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Defense; Energy-Water; Labor-HHS-Education; State-Foreign Operations - Ranking Member; Transportation-HUD); Armed Services (Emerging Threats & Capabilities; Personnel - Ranking Member; Seapower); Budget; Judiciary (Antitrust, Competition Policy & Consumer Rights; Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights; Crime & Terrorism - Ranking Member; Privacy, Technology & the Law)
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.