Political Highlights: S.D. House, 1979-83; S.D. Senate, 1983-87; U.S. House, 1987-97; U.S. Senate, 1997-present Born: Dec. 28, 1946; Canton, S.D. Residence: Aberdeen Religion: Lutheran Family: Wife, Barbara Johnson; three children Education: U. of South Dakota, B.A. 1969; U. of South Dakota, M.A. 1970; Michigan State U., attended 1970-71; U. of South Dakota, J.D. 1975 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Defense; Energy-Water; Interior-Environment; Military Construction-VA - Chairman; Transportation-HUD); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; Public Lands, Forests and Mining; Water & Power); Indian Affairs
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.