What does a US Representative do?
The US House of Representatives is the lower house of the US Congress. (The Senate is the upper house.) There are 435 representatives, and each serves a two-year term.
A US representative
- Represents a district with a population of roughly 766,000 Texans at the US capitol (Washington, DC)
- Votes on bills that affect Texans and all US citizens
- Writes and introduces bills that affect Texans and all US citizens
- Works to garner support (through co-sponsorships) from their colleagues to pass a bill through a committee and eventually through the whole House
- Informs their constituents (through social media, in-person town halls and forums, public meetings, and direct door-to door outreach) about important bills that affect their quality of life
- Delivers resources to their constituents through the budget process
- Holds federal agencies accountable to responding to constituent needs
*Not a friend of the working class
Law-Making Branches in Washington
US House of Representatives
Speaker of the House