District: 9th District Political Highlights: Wash. Senate, 1991-97; U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-present Born: June 15, 1965; Washington, D.C. Residence: Bellevue Religion: Episcopalian Family: Wife, Sara Smith; two children Education: Fordham U., B.A. 1987; U. of Washington, J.D. 1990 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 1996 (10th term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services
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.