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Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)


Political Highlights: U.S. House of Representatives, 1995-99; sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 1998; U.S. Senate, 2001-11
Born: March 25, 1958; Roseville, Calif.
Residence: Las Vegas
Religion: Christian
Family: Wife, Darlene Ensign; three children
Education: U. of Nevada, Las Vegas, attended 1976-79; Oregon State U., B.S. 1981; Colorado State U., D.V.M. 1985
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (2 terms)
End of Service: May 3, 2011
Committee Assignments: Budget; Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet - Ranking Member; Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance & Data Security; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard; Space, Science & Competitiveness; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine; Tourism, Competitiveness and Innovation); Finance (Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Growth; Health Care - Ranking Member; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management - Ranking Member)

Election History
2006generalJohn Ensign (R) 322,50155.4
Jack Carter (D) 238,79641.0
David Schumann (IA) 7,7741.3
Brendan Trainor (LIBERT) 5,2690.9
2000generalJohn Ensign (R) 330,68755.1
Ed Bernstein (D) 238,26039.7
Kathryn Rusco (GREEN) 10,2861.7
J.J. Johnson (LIBERT) 5,3950.9
Ernie Berghof (IA) 2,5400.4
Bill Grutzmacher (CITFIRST) 1,5790.3
1998generalHarry Reid (D) 208,65047.9
John Ensign (R) 208,22247.8
Michael Cloud (LIBERT) 8,0441.8
Michael Williams (NL) 2,7490.6
1996generalJohn Ensign (R) 86,47250.1
Bob Coffin (D) 75,08143.5
Ted Gunderson (IA) 4,5722.7
James Dan (LIBERT) 3,3411.9
Richard Eidson (NL) 3,1271.8
1994generalJohn Ensign (R) 73,76948.5
James Bilbray (D) 72,33347.5
Gary Wood (LIBERT) 6,0654.0
Roll Call Vitals


Nevada is 48th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

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.