Age: 60; Jan. 1, 1942.

Education: B.A., history and journalism, University of Missouri, 1964; law degree, Georgetown University Law Center, 1970.

Experience: 1979-present, U.S. House of Representatives; chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; law clerk and lawyer in private practice, 1970-1978; staff writer, Congressional Quarterly, 1965-67.

Family: Wife, Maj. Gen. Kathy Frost; three daughters; two granddaughters.

Quote: "I think that the party, to be successful, must speak to the broad center of the country."