District: 15th District Political Highlights: Urbana City Council, 1971-75; Ill. House, 1977-00; U.S. House, 2001-13 Born: July 23, 1946; Champaign, Ill. Residence: Urbana Religion: Christian Family: Divorced; ten children (one deceased) Education: U.S. Military Academy, attended 1964; U. of Illinois, B.A. 1969; U. of Illinois, J.D. 1972 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (6th term) Committee Assignments: Agriculture (Department Operations, Oversight & Credit; Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology & Foreign Agriculture - Chairman); Transportation & Infrastructure (Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management; Highways & Transit; Water Resources & Environment)
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.