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  1. 1. Congress Project Nichole Fort Courtnei Johnson Hannah Kettles
  2. 2. Demographics
  3. 3. Age
  4. 4. Gender
  5. 5. Marital Status
  6. 6. Party
  7. 7. Religion
  8. 8. Ethnicity
  9. 9. Congress Members from Texas
  10. 10. Senator John Cornyn <ul><li>Year elected - 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - two </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - Co-founded and became co-chairmen of the U.S. Senate India Caucus, served in San Antonio for six years as a district judge. </li></ul><ul><li>Home State - Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - Ranked as seventeenth most conservative United States Senator in 2008 by the National Journal. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison <ul><li>Year elected - 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Terms - three </li></ul><ul><li>Year of Re-election - 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - Senate Committee, and Chairmen of the Republican Policy Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Home State - Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - recently published her most recent best seller: Leading Ladies: American Trailblazers </li></ul>
  12. 12. Representative Joe Barton <ul><li>6 th District </li></ul><ul><li>Number of Representatives - 35 </li></ul><ul><li>Year elected - 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - five </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - Assisted V.P. aide to Energy Secretary James B. Edward, Natural Gas Consultant to Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Home State - Texas </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - Primary House author of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, co-founded the Congressional Privacy Caucus, and co-sponsor of the Anti-Spy ware SPY ACT. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Senate Leaders
  14. 14. President of the Senate Joe Biden <ul><li>Year elected - 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - six </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chairmen of Foreign Relations Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, dealing with issues of drug policy, crime prevention, and civil liberties </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Led creation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and Violence Against Women Act. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. President of the Senate Joe Biden <ul><li>Home State - Delaware </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Became one of the youngest people ever elected to U.S. Senate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chairmen of the administration’s Middle Class Task Force, a White House initiative targeted at raising the living standards of Middle Class families in America. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. President Pro Tempore Robert C. Byrd <ul><li>Year elected - 1959 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - nine </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dean of the Senate since 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate Conference Secretary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority Whip, Minority Leader, and twice elected Majority Leader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - West Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - Used to be an Attorney </li></ul>
  17. 17. Majority Leader Harry Reid <ul><li>Year elected - 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - five </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Represented Nevada’s 1 st congressional district from 1983 to 1987 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - Nevada </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduate of Utah State University and George Washington University Law School. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Served as a City Attorney of Henderson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lieutenant Governor of Nevada </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell <ul><li>Year elected - 1984 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - five </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced the Project America Act of 2007, which allowed National Security Agency to listen in on phone calls of suspected terrorists inside and outside the U.S. without obtaining a warrant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writer of the Gas Price Reduction Act, which calls for more offshore and domestic oil exploration to try to curb rising gas prices </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell <ul><li>Home State - Kentucky </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intern at Capitol Hill under Senator John Sherman Cooper </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has his B.A. in political science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An advocate of principles, receiving a perfect score from the American Conservative Union in 2006 </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin <ul><li>Year elected - 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - three </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Serves as chairmen of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-sponsored the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced the African Health Capacity Investment Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-sponsor of the Early Treatment for HIV Act of 2007 </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin <ul><li>Home State - Illinois </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time magazine identified him as one of “America’s top 10 senators” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He is also a trial lawyer, and was told by Harry Reid that he is the “best debater” in the U.S. senate. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Minority Whip Jon L. Kyl <ul><li>Year elected - 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - three </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-authored the Crime Victim’s Rights Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporter of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act of 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Served as Policy Committee Chairmen from 2003-2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Served as Conference Chairmen in 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - Arizona </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First Arizonan to hold such a high position in the senate as Minority Whip </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Before politics, Kyl was a lawyer and a lobbyist </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. House Leaders
  24. 24. Speak of the House Nancy Pelosi <ul><li>Year elected - 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - two </li></ul><ul><li>Year re-elected - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Represented the 8 th Congressional District of California </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Served on Appropriations and Intelligence Committees </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - California </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First female Speaker of the House </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest ranking female politician in American History </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Minority Leader John A. Boehner <ul><li>Year elected - 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - two </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Represented Ohio’s 8 th Congressional District </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Championed the Freedom to Farm Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>House Republican Conference Chairmen from 1995-1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authored the Pension Protection Act reform </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major force in the No Child Left Behind program </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor <ul><li>Year elected - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - one </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - None </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Raised of $30 million for the National Republican Congressional Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrote for the National Review in 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - Virginia </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporter of free trade </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer <ul><li>Year elected - 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - two </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Served on the Democratic Caucus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chief candidate recruiter for the House Democrats from 1995-2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest ranking member of Congress in Maryland history </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Marylander to become Majority Leader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interned for Senator Daniel Brewster along with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Majority Whip James E. Clyburn <ul><li>Year elected - 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Number of terms - two </li></ul><ul><li>Year of re-election - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Political Work - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected Vice-Chairmen of the House Democratic Caucus in 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduced the Access for All American Act, which provides money to community Health Centers for low-income citizens </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Home State - South Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Info - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Considered to be the most important African-American political leader in his home state </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second African-American and first South Carolinian to hold this position </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Current Events
  30. 30. HealthCare Bill <ul><li>Since the HealthCare Bill was signed into law, there are high risk insurance plans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The government has to create insurance pools for people who cannot get coverage because of pre-existing health conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health and Human Services has to sync the new plan by June 1 st of the year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And they have to make sure that there will be enough funding to cover new people enrolling for Health insurance </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. PETA <ul><li>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are outside the White House almost every day protesting for animal rights </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Such as no testing cosmetics on animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PETA has filled out more protest permit applications with the local police than any other group during the months of January and February </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They even wore monkey masks and put themselves in dog cages to show animal cruelty </li></ul></ul>