Background and Influences: Members of Congress
For detailed descriptions of sources, see Interest Groups tab
Politics in America
also in print in Perkins (1945-present)
Profiles of members of Congress, with biography, district description, key votes
Project Vote Smart
Includes biographical info, voting records, interest group ratings, campaign finance
Vital statistics on Congress
Now free from Brookings and AEI with downloadable datasets
Print 1980-2010. Latest Perkins Ref., earlier Perkins stacks JK1041 .V58
Characteristics of members, elections, campaign finance, committees, expenses, workload, voting alignments
Vital Statistics on American Politics
Print and online editions of each two-year congress
Useful for news and editorials about a politician from their home state and district
See esp.: Blogs/Influence Alley; Congress; Magazine
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Useful for tracking legislation, key votes, and voting alignments of members of Congress.
Data with nonbiased commentary is organized under four sections: Public Policy Legislation, Members of Congress (includes biographical, political, and electoral data), CQ Key Votes, and Legislative Branch (provides encyclopedic information, statistical data, legislative analysis, and Supreme Court case summaries).
The official website of Congress. Useful for the most current information on bills and legislative activities.
Keeps a list of Active Legislation with links to both House and Senate bills; click on the Legislation & Records tab.
U.S. House of Representatives
Especially useful for committee information, rules and procedures and information on current legislation
GovTrack.us: Tracking the U.S. Congress
Follow the latest action in Congress, research members' votes, and set up your own feeds to track specific legislation.
CRS Reports (congress.gov)
another way to find CRS Reports; CRS reports have recently been made available on this public website.