District: 19th District Political Highlights: Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, 1989-92; sought Republican nomination for U.S. House, 1992; U.S. House, 1995-2011 Born: June 20, 1955; Mariposa, Calif. Residence: Mariposa Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Widowed; one child Education: California Polytechnic State U., San Luis Obispo, B.S. 1978 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1994 (8th term) Committee Assignments: Energy & Commerce (Commerce, Trade & Consumer Protection; Communications, Technology & the Internet; Oversight & Investigations)
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.