What impact does the congressional member’s background (social, economic, educational, ethnic, gender, ideological, etc.) have on your opinion of them?

Maggie K Only

Choose a current member of congress and research their background. Prepare a 1-page analysis of their background including their views, policy choices and opinions on current issues.

. What impact does the congressional member’s background (social, economic, educational, ethnic, gender, ideological, etc.) have on your opinion of them? Be specific. Provide concrete examples.

Review the comments provided by your fellow students and answer the following questions:

  • Is Congress a representative institution?
  • Do the backgrounds of members matter in the legislative process?
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