Trading gridlock for … more gridlock

May 17, 2018
Image source here By Marian Currinder So far, 54 members of Congress have announced they will not be seeking reelection in November. Most of those leaving are House members… Read More

Do constituents influence the work of legislators?

April 3, 2018
Image source: NYT By Philip D. Waggoner Decades of normative and empirical research on American representation has taken up the question of whether the represented actually influence the… Read More

Congress is old. Does it matter?

March 7, 2018
By Matthew R. Haydon and James M. Curry Everyone knows elected members of Congress are generally older than most other Americans, but it may surprise some to hear just… Read More

In retirement, members of Congress truly find their voice

March 6, 2018
Image source NYMag By Michael K. Romano It seemed antithetical. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a well-known conservative firebrand whose claim to fame in Congress had been chairing the House Select… Read More

Members of Congress may not look like their constituents, but they do look like their parties

February 28, 2018
Image source: Washington Post diversity map By Charlie Hunt Does the “People’s House” look like the people? This question has been addressed from many different perspectives and the answer is… Read More

Are some constituent communications more likely to receive high-level attention?

February 27, 2018
Image source: New Yorker By Matthew J. Geras and Michael H. Crespin In response to recent debates about the Affordable Care Act and tax reform, many constituents have been making… Read More

How women work harder to stay in Congress

February 15, 2018
Image source: Politico By Jeffrey Lazarus Almost ten years ago, my colleague Amy Steigerwalt and I were writing on congressional earmarks when we noticed an interesting trend: in the years… Read More

Connections are the currency of Washington lobbyists

January 24, 2018
Source: Spectrum News By Jennifer Nicoll Victor Lobbyists tend to be about as well regarded as used car salespeople. But are lobbyists really as corrupt as they are often portrayed?… Read More

A Congressional Staffer Makes a Case for the First Branch

March 26, 2017
Eric Harris, communications director for Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis), took to Sunday’s Washington Post “Outlook” page. He writes: “As a communications director for Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), answering… Read More

ICYMI: What Calling Congress Achieves

March 21, 2017
Illustration credit: Oliver Munday, New Yorker. Kathryn Schulz of the New Yorker writes: “Americans vote, if we vote at all, roughly once every two years. But even in a slow… Read More