District: 6th District Political Highlights: Ala. Senate, 1983; Ala. House, 1983-87; Ala. Board of Education, 1987-91; candidate for Ala. attorney general, 1990; Ala. Republican Party chairman, 1991-92; U.S. House of Representatives, 1993-2015 Born: Dec. 28, 1947; Birmingham, Ala. Residence: Vestavia Hills Religion: Baptist Family: Wife, Linda Bachus; five children Education: Auburn U., B.A. 1969; U. of Alabama, J.D. 1972 Military Service: Ala. National Guard, 1969-71 Start of Service: Elected: 1992 (11th term) Committee Assignments: Financial Services (Capital Markets & Government Sponsored Enterprises; Financial Institutions & Consumer Credit); Judiciary (Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security & Investigations; Over-Criminalization Task Force; Regulatory Reform, Commercial & Antitrust Law - Chairman)
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.