District: 4th District Political Highlights: sought Democratic nomination for U.S. House, 2006; sought Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, 2016; U.S. House of Representatives, 2008-present Born: June 28, 1958; Yanceyville, N.C. Residence: Oxon Hill Religion: Baptist Family: Engaged to Nelson Jones; one child Education: Wake Forest U., B.A. 1980; Franklin Pierce Law Center, J.D. 1989 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2008 (4th full term) End of Service: Dec. 31, 1969 Committee Assignments: Science, Space & Technology (Environment; Space - Ranking Member); Transportation & Infrastructure (Economic Development, Public Buildings & Emergency Management; Highways & Transit; Water Resources & Environment)
Defeated by Chris Van Hollen, D, in a U.S. Senate primary election on April 26, 2016.
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.