Political Highlights: Del. treasurer, 1977-83; U.S. House, 1983-93; governor, 1993-2001; U.S. Senate, 2001-present Born: Jan. 23, 1947; Beckley, W.Va. Residence: Wilmington Religion: Presbyterian Family: Wife, Martha Carper; two children Education: Ohio State U., B.A. 1968; U. of Delaware, M.B.A. 1975 Military Service: Navy, 1968-73; Naval Reserve, 1973-91 Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Environment & Public Works (Clean Air & Nuclear Safety; Green Jobs & the New Economy; Transportation & Infrastructure - Chairman; Water & Wildlife); Finance (Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure; Health Care; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
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.