Political Highlights: sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 1994; Tenn. Finance and Administration Department commissioner, 1995-96; mayor of Chattanooga, 2001-05; U.S. Senate, 2007-present Born: Aug. 24, 1952; Orangeburg, S.C. Residence: Chattanooga Religion: Protestant Family: Wife, Elizabeth Corker; two children Education: U. of Tennessee, B.S. 1974 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection; Housing, Transportation & Community Development; Securities, Insurance & Investment); Foreign Relations; Special Aging
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.