Political Highlights: U.S. House, 2001-10; U.S. Senate, 2010-present Born: Sept. 15, 1959; Champaign, Ill. Residence: Highland Park Religion: Christian Family: Divorced Education: Cornell U., B.A. 1981; London School of Economics, M.S. 1982; Georgetown U., J.D. 1992 Military Service: Navy Reserve, 1989-2013 Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (1st full term) Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Commerce-Justice-Science; Labor-HHS-Education; Military Construction-VA - Ranking Member; State-Foreign Operations; Transportation-HUD); Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs (Housing, Transportation & Community Development; National Security & International Trade and Finance - Ranking Member; Securities, Insurance & Investment); Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (Children & Families; Primary Health & Aging); 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.