What happens when the House picks a Speaker?

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November 26, 2018
In the wake of the federal elections last week, all eyes immediately turned toward the Democratic Party and the impending transfer of power in the House of Representatives. While many… Read More

LegBranch conversations: An interview with John Lawrence

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November 20, 2018
Kevin Kosar, Vice President of Policy at the R Street Institute and co-director of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group, interviews John Lawrence about his book, The Class of… Read More

2018 saw more women elected to Congress. Should we expect women to govern differently?

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November 19, 2018
The 2018 election saw the largest contingent of new women elected to the House since that other “Year of the Woman” election in 1992.  Making her case to reclaim the… Read More

Jeff Flake doesn’t have to go gentle into that good night

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November 19, 2018
In a famous poem, Dylan Thomas urges his father, “Do not go gentle into that good night … Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Thomas’ poem is about… Read More

Why so little dissent? Explaining the stability in this week’s House GOP leadership contests

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November 16, 2018
The House Republican Conference met Wednesday to choose their top leaders for the 116th Congress.  Despite the fact that the midterm elections cost them between 30 and 40 seats and, importantly,… Read More

Freshman class of Congress is looking younger, more female: Today’s talker

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November 13, 2018
Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives and are currently projected to finish with about 234 seats to the Republicans’ 201. Once the dust settles, the freshman class is projected to… Read More

The promise our next Speaker will make — and break

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November 6, 2018
We don’t know which party will win the majority in tomorrow’s midterms, and so we don’t know who will take the Speaker’s gavel from the retiring Paul Ryan. But, here’s… Read More

D or R > X or Y: Party trumps sex in the contemporary Congress

October 18, 2018
By Jennifer L. Lawless and Sean M. Theriault When Republican Senator Susan Collins took to the Senate floor last week to announce whether she would vote to… Read More

AIN’s Congressional Exit Interviews (Event Video Oct. 4, 2018): Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Penn.) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.)

October 4, 2018
Join R Street Institutes’ American Institutions Network (AIN) as we sit down with retiring Congressmen for the first of its kind, groundbreaking panel series, AIN’s Congressional Exit Interviews. The… Read More

“Models of Representation” reflected in the roll call votes of House members

September 26, 2018
By Kim Quaile Hill As the 2018 off-year election approaches, both academic and news commentators are abuzz with how candidates for Congressional seats will position themselves with… Read More