Day 12 – Home Styles and Hill
July 15, 2013
Legislative Portfolio resources are posted.
You should know the state you are studying and the
names of the representatives by the end of this week.
Midterm Exam Review is posted
I will leave room to answer questions in class on Tuesday
Testable material will go through Tuesday’s class (end of
Chapter 5 in DOL)
Legislative Portfolio Resources
Posted on Angel in the “Assignments” Folder and in
the “Links/Research” Folder.
Start thinking about the three House members you
want to study.
A great starting point is GovTrack.us which allows you to
see the shapes of the districts, the ideology scores of the
legislators, and links you to OpenSecrets (Campaign
Finance) and VoteSmart (Interest Group Ratings, recent
There are a number of other excellent resources in
the Word file that should give you a good head start.
Reading for Monday
Read all of Chapter 5 in DOL
DO NOT READ Fenno (1977) article
Who are the legislators?
How do they compare to general population in terms of:
How has this trend changed recently?
What is the fastest-growing category in recent surveys?
How does Congress rank in terms of descriptive representation?
What is collective representation?
Crafting, shaping, debating on laws.
Shaped by norms and seniority
Individual contact with members
Procuring pork-barrel projects for entire constituencies
“Byrd Droppings” - http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/04/us/how-
Citizens Against Government Waste - http://cagw.org/
Sides, “Gerrymandering is
not what’s wrong with