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Marian Currinder

Senior Fellow, Governance Project, R Street Institute

Marian Currinder is a senior fellow with the R Street Institute’s Governance Project and editor of LegBranch.org.

Marian previously served as senior fellow and curriculum director at the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University, led U.S. government accountability and transparency projects for two nonprofits, and taught American government at the College of Charleston.

She is the author of Money in the House: Campaign Funds and Congressional Parties and co-author of the textbook Congress in Context. She also has published numerous articles and book chapters, mostly focused on Congress and campaign finance.

Marian earned her bachelor’s at Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate at the University of Florida.

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“Why We Left Congress”: Excerpts of our conversation with Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS)

December 10, 2018
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) has represented Kansas’ 2nd Congressional District since January 2009. A former accountant who served six years as the treasurer of Kansas, Jenkins announced her decision to… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

December 7, 2018
John Dingell, “I Served in Congress Longer Than Anyone. Here’s How to Fix It,” The Atlantic: “In my six decades in public service, I’ve seen many changes in our… Read More
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Why we left Congress: How the legislative branch is broken and what we can do about it

December 6, 2018
Systemic institutional dysfunction was a leading cause for more than 50 Republican and Democratic members of Congress who voluntarily did not seek re-election this year, according to a new joint… Read More
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LegBranch conversations: An interview with Jaime Harrison

December 5, 2018
In this edition of LegBranch conversations, Marian Currinder interviews Jaime Harrison about his new book, Climbing the Hill, co-authored with Amos Snead. Harrison and Snead, longtime staff members… Read More
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Why are members leaving Congress?

December 3, 2018
The 116th Congress will have the largest, most diverse incoming freshman class in a generation. But this milestone wasn’t achieved just because a bunch of incumbents lost. Well before November 6, more… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

November 30, 2018
Paul Kane, “Want Congress to look more like the people it serves? Provide member housing, pay staff more,” Washington Post: “Two of those possibilities should be considered next year… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

November 16, 2018
Mike Gallagher, “How to Salvage Congress,” The Atlantic: “I have come to believe that the problem is not the people. The problem is a defective process and a power… Read More
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LegBranch launches new website

November 14, 2018
LegBranch.org, the hub for the congressional reform movement, launches a new and improved website today. The site features the latest research and writing on topics like congressional leadership, legislative… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

November 9, 2018
Kate Zernike, “Nancy Pelosi: Demonized or Celebrated, She Refuses to Agonize,” New York Times: “Ms. Pelosi, 78, is the highest-ranking woman in American politics and American political history. And… Read More
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ICYMI: Top reads on Congress

November 2, 2018
Anthony Adragna, “The powerful weapon House Republicans handed Democrats,” Politico: “Democrats eager to investigate the Trump administration if they seize the House would have the GOP to thank for… Read More