District: 2nd District Political Highlights: Mo. House, 1989-00; U.S. House, 2001-13 Born: July 5, 1947; Manhattan, N.Y. Residence: Town & Country Religion: Presbyterian Family: Wife, Lulli Akin; six children Education: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, B.S. 1971; Covenant Theological Seminary, M.Div. 1985 Military Service: Army, 1972; Army Reserve, 1972-80 Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (6th term) End of Service: Jan. 3, 2013 Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Seapower & Projection Forces - Chairman; Tactical Air & Land Forces); Budget; Science, Space & Technology (Energy & Environment; Space & Aeronautics)
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.