District: 12th District Political Highlights: Fla. House, 1996-00; U.S. House, 2009; U.S. House, 2001-11 Born: July 31, 1974; Bartow, Fla. Residence: Bartow Religion: Episcopalian Family: Wife, Melissa Putnam; four children Education: U. of Florida, B.S. 1995 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (5th term) End of Service: Jan. 3, 2011 Committee Assignments: Financial Services (Capital Markets, Insurance & GSEs; Housing & Community Opportunity)
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.