NV 5 (4+ 1) CA 55 (53+ 2) TX 34 (32+ 2) OK 7 (8-1) AZ 10 (8+2) WI 10 (11-1) WI FL FL 27 (25+2) MS MS 6 (7-1) NY 31 (33-2) NY PA IL 21 (22-1) CT 7(8-1) MI 17 (18-1) MI IN 11 (12-1) OH 20 (21-1) NC 15(14+1)
Do Members Represent Their Voters? (& the three theories)
Representational View – members want to get reelected and vote to please constituents. Big on hot issues, (civil rights, social welfare, gun control, abortion). Constituents often split on key issues.
Organizational View – Not essential to please constituents, as most do not know how their rep has voted, but important to please fellow members of Congress. Typically party-line voting, or through info from committees, etc…
Attitudinal View – So many conflicting views that they cancel each other out. Reps then vote on the basis of their own beliefs. Liberal v. Conservative, Democrats are more ideologically divided.
The Majority Leader is the second-ranking official in the United States House of Representatives. Congre-ssman Steny Hoyer, who represents Maryland's Fifth Congressional District, was elected House Majority Leader by the Democratic Caucus on November 16, 2006.
See chart on page 300 (Wilson) for Party Leadership Structure of Congress
See diagram on page 301 for the layout of the U.S. Congress