District: 6th District Political Highlights: Roanoke City Republican Committee chairman, 1980-83; 6th Congressional District Republican Party chairman, 1983-88; U.S. House, 1993-present Born: Sept. 22, 1952; Holyoke, Mass. Residence: Roanoke Religion: Christian Scientist Family: Wife, Maryellen Goodlatte; two children Education: Bates College, B.A. 1974; Washington and Lee U., J.D. 1977 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (11th term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Department Operations, Oversight & Nutrition; Livestock, Rural Development & Credit); Judiciary
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.