District: 7th District Political Highlights: Williamson County Republican Party chairwoman, 1989-91; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1992; Tenn. Senate, 1999-2002; U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-present Born: June 6, 1952; Laurel, Miss. Residence: Brentwood Religion: Presbyterian Family: Husband, Chuck Blackburn; two children Education: Mississippi State U., B.S. 1973 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (7th term) Committee Assignments: Budget; Energy & Commerce (Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade; Communications & Technology; Health; Oversight & Investigations)
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.