District: 4th District Political Highlights: Wash. House, 1979-87; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1992; U.S. House, 1995-present Born: Feb. 7, 1941; Spokane, Wash. Residence: Pasco Religion: Protestant Family: Wife, Claire Hastings; three children Education: Columbia Basin College, attended 1959-61; Central Washington U., attended 1964 Military Service: Army Reserve, 1964-69 Start of Service: Elected: 1994 (10th term) Committee Assignments: Natural Resources; Oversight & Government Reform (Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs; Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements)
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.