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A quick look at YOUR United States Legislators. Committee System. Groups within House / Senate devoted to a particular policy area Around ~40-50ish per committee in House, ~20ish per committee in Senate Each committee is further divided into subcommittees

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Committee system
Committee System

  • Groups within House/Senate devoted to a particular policy area

    • Around ~40-50ish per committee in House, ~20ish per committee in Senate

  • Each committee is further divided into subcommittees

  • Committee/Subcommittee is where most of real work on legislation occurs

  • System provides several advantages

    • Specialization – members seek seats on committees where they have expertise or where they can best serve unique constituencies

    • Divide the work – Houses of Congress can tackle many problems/bills at once

    • Outside experts – especially at the subcommittee level, experts in concerned fields can be brought in for hearings

Caucuses congressional member organizations
Caucuses (Congressional Member Organizations)

  • Less formal groups of legislators organized around particular beliefs or policy areas (some examples follow)

    • Party-based – each house has caucuses for both major parties

    • Ideology-based – Blue Dog Coalition (conservative-leaning Democrats), Tea Party Caucus (fiscally conservative Republicans

    • Race-based – Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus/Conference (for Dems and Reps, respectively), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

    • Interest-based – Congressional Bike Caucus, Afterschool Caucus, Congressional Steel Caucus

U s house mn district 1
U.S. House, MN District 1

  • Tim Walz (DFL)

  • 4th Term

  • Currently sits on THREE committees

    • Agriculture

    • Transportation and Infrastructure

    • Veterans’ Affairs

  • Former teacher/coach and National Guard member

    • Highest ranking enlisted soldier to serve in Congress

Senate senior senator
Senate, Senior Senator

  • Amy Klobuchar (DFL)

  • At the start of 2nd Term

  • Currently involved with FIVE committees

    • Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

    • Commerce, Science, and Transportation

    • Judiciary Committee

    • Rules and Administration Committee

    • Joint Economic Committee

  • Former lawyer and Hennepin County Prosecutor

Senate junior senator
Senate, Junior Senator

  • Al Franken (DFL)

  • Winding up his first elected term (up for re-election in 2014)

  • Currently serves on FOUR committees

    • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)

    • Judiciary

    • Indian Affairs

    • Energy and Natural Resources

  • Former comedy writer, author, and radio host

For more information
For more information…

  • http://walz.house.gov/

  • http://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/

  • http://www.franken.senate.gov/