District: 11th District Political Highlights: Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, 1995-2003; Fairfax County Board of Supervisors chairman, 2004-09; U.S. House, 2009-present Born: March 30, 1950; Boston, Mass. Residence: Fairfax Religion: Roman Catholic Family: Wife, Catherine Connolly; one child Education: Maryknoll College, B.A. 1971; Harvard U., M.P.A. 1979 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (3rd term) Committee Assignments: Foreign Affairs (Asia & the Pacific; Middle East & North Africa); Oversight & Government Reform (Economic Growth, Job Creation and Regulatory Affairs; Government Operations - Ranking Member)
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.