Everything you want to know about the 2018 midterm House elections in 8 charts

November 7, 2018
You’re well aware the 2018 midterm elections took place, but you probably weren’t nuts enough to stay up to see the almost final results. Luckily for you, we were and… Read More

The who, what, when, where, and why of congressional campaign spending

September 25, 2018
In what will come as a shock to no congressional observer, congressional campaigns are getting more and more expensive. The 2000 election cycle, for example, saw House candidates spend a… Read More

Rethinking redistricting and when it matters

June 28, 2018
Image source: US Census By Charles R. Hunt In a previous LegBranch post, I  assessed some competing theories of how consequential the redistricting process has been to congressional… Read More

How committee staffers clear the runway for legislative action in Congress

June 13, 2018
Admittedly, the audience at this spring’s “The State of Congressional Capacity Conference” was a receptive one. Congressional scholars from across the country gathered and presented research asking and… 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… Read More

No, gerrymandering is not THE cause for non-competitive congressional elections and legislative polarization

January 5, 2018
The original gerrymander. 1812. By Charlie Hunt Perhaps the most hotly-debated case the Supreme Court has taken up in the past year is Gill v. Whitford, which will… Read More

New LegBranch.com Resource: How Wealthy Are Our Representatives?

October 3, 2017
Graphic created by Trey Billing, @TreyBilling It likely wouldn’t surprise anyone, much less a congressional scholar, to learn that most members of Congress are wealthier… Read More

Are Long Weekends Cutting Into Congress’s Productivity?

July 30, 2017
The typical congressional schedule finds members in legislative session beginning Tuesday morning and returning to their districts or states Thursday evening for constituent-related work. Members also have district work… Read More