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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/