Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. Senate, 1993-2011; defeated in party convention for the U.S. Senate, 2010 Born: Sept. 18, 1933; Salt Lake City, Utah Residence: Salt Lake City Religion: Mormon Family: Wife, Joyce Bennett; six children Education: U. of Utah, B.S. 1957 Military Service: Utah National Guard, 1957-60 Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Agriculture; Defense; Energy-Water - Ranking Member; Interior-Environment; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Financial Institutions; Securities, Insurance & Investment; Security & International Trade); Energy & Natural Resources (Energy; Public Lands & Forests; Water & Power); Rules & Administration; Joint Economic; Joint Library; Joint Printing
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.