Education: Attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, 1950-53.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Wife, Sallie. Five children: Robin Mary, Robert Jr., Theresa Ann, Mark, and Kathleen Regina. Ten grandchildren.
Military service: Joined the Air Force and flew in the world's first supersonic jet fighter group, 1953-58. Left active duty and served with California Air National Guard and then US Air Force Reserve, 1958-1975.
Experience: Broadcast journalist and TV talk-show host, who made trips to Vietnam; elected to US House, 1976-82; elected to current House seat in November 1984.
Net worth: Claims ''zero'' assets; congressional salary, $133,600.