U.S. Congress


Biographical Information

U.S. House of Representatives Member Office Web Services
Directory with links to Representatives' official Web sites.
Directory of Senators by Name
Links to Senators' official Web sites.
Congressional Directory (1997/1998 - present)
Y 4.P 93/1:1/cong. (Documents; Latest edition in Documents/Reference; historic editions in print back to 1906)
Short biographical entries with office addresses and a list of counties and zip codes included in each district. Includes a great deal of other directory information -- Congressional staff, Executive offices, international organizations, members of the press galleries, etc.

Congressional Districts

Almanac of American Politics
JK8.A4 (Reference)
Organized by state, each section provides an overview of the state, and then details on the governor, senators, and representatives and their districts. Entries include demographics, ratings, key votes, election results, and campaign finance information. Published every two years.
Reference Maps: Congressional Districts
National, state-based, and individual maps depicting U.S. congressional district boundaries for the 108th to current Congresses. Results of the Decennial Census determine the apportionment of the members of the House of Representatives among the 50 states.
Congressional District Atlas (2005)
G1201.F7 U45 2005 (Docs/Ref)
Maps showing the boundaries for all Congressional districts. Tables at the end of each state section give the district for all places, counties, and American Indian reservations. Most recent print edition is based on the 2000 Census; went out of effect with the 113th Congress.
Census Redistricting Data Program
Public Law 94-171, enacted by Congress in December 1975, requires the Census Bureau to provide state legislatures with the small area census population tabulations necessary for legislative redistricting. The 2010 Census Redistricting Data is available through the American FactFinder and FTP download. Will include statistics on voting age, race, citizenship, and housing.

Congressional/Campaign News

LexisNexis Academic: Search the News (WTAMU only)
Information from a variety of journals, newspapers, news wires, and media services. When searching for an individual's name, it is best to use first name w/3 last name (as in: john w/3 kennedy). Not compatible with Mozilla Firefox.
Campaign Finance Reports and Data (Federal Election Commission)
View disclosure reports or search the database by individual contributor's names, party or political action committee names, or candidates. More information about campaign finance in general can be found at the FEC's main Web site.
Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report
JK 1 .C65 (historical issues 1998-2007 in Reference)
Available online CQ Weekly(WTAMU only)
A weekly magazine about Congress, its people, procedures, politics, and impact. Includes regular summary table on the status of major legislation. Online archive dates back to 1983.
Roll Call
The newspaper of Capitol Hill, Roll Call Online delivers much of the same Capitol Hill news as the print version and more. CQ Roll Call "delivers breaking congressional news and behind-the-scenes intelligence on the people, politics and personalities of Capitol Hill."
The Hill -- The Capitol Newspaper ®
The Hill reports and analyzes the actions of Congress from a nonpartisan and nonideological viewpoint.

Congressional Publications

Congress.gov
Official website for U.S. federal legislative information. Includes bills (from 1973), roll call votes (from 1989), public laws (from 1973), the Congressional Record (from 1995), Resume of Congressional Activity (in the Congressional Record, from 1995), and committee reports (from 1995). Searchable by subject and bill number. Individual databases searchable by other categories. Replaced the database THOMAS, but THOMAS will still be available until all data sets are available in Congress.gov.
FDsys
Access to official federal publications via GPO's (Government Printing Office) Federal Digital System. Searchable electronic databases of bills (from 1993), documents (from 1995), a select number of hearings (from 1997), the Congressional Record (from 1994), Public Laws (from 1995), the United States Code (1994 to present), and the U.S. Constitution, Analysis and Interpretation (1992 Edition to present).
Congressional Record
X 1.1:vol/no (Documents - historical editions available in print or microfilm beginning with 1873)
The official transcript of the public proceedings (e.g., floor debates) of the houses of Congress. Issued daily when Congress is in session. Includes a section of "Extensions of Remarks" for additional comments by members, whether read on the floor or not. The "Daily Digest" at the end each issue summarizes the actions that day. The Congressional Record (Daily) is available online from 1994 to the present. Digital versions of the predecessors of the Congressional Record are available from the Library of Congress: Annals of Congress (1789-1824); Register of Debates (1824-1837); and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873). The Congressional Globe is also available in microfilm in the Government Documents Unit. See Cornette Library's Congressional Record guide for more information.
Cornette Library: Finding Federal Bills
A guide to finding federal bills with either Congress.gov or FDsys. Also includes information on finding older bills using the print resources in the Cornette Library.

Other General Guides

U.S. Legislative Branch Internet Resources (Library of Congress)
Links to information by and about Congress, including: Congressional Mega Sources, Members, Committees, Congressional Organizations, E-Mail Addresses, Calendars & Schedules, Floor Proceedings, Legislation, U.S. Code, House and Senate Rules, Congressional Record, Roll Call Votes, Executive Business of the Senate, Legislative Process, Congressional News and Analysis, Congressional Internet Services, The History of Congress, and Visitor Information. From THOMAS, which will be phased out about 2015.
United States House of Representatives
Links to member offices, roll call votes, committee information, schedules, the Congressional Record, and information on the legislative process.
United States Senate
Links to member offices, legislative activities, committee resources, and Senate history. Searchable.
Congressional Chronicle (C-SPAN)
C-SPAN's guide to Congress. Has House and Senate floor proceedings, legislative schedule, a directory of committees and members, bills, votes and statistics about each session of Congress. Also C-SPAN's schedule and the results of the most recent congressional and gubernatorial races.
U.S. Congress Votes Database (Washington Post)
Contains roll call votes from 1991 to the present. Current votes are searchable by member names and state.
Federal Legislative Branch (USA.gov)
Links to Senate and House web sites and agencies that support Congress, "How Federal Laws are Made," and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
Zimmerman's Research Guide: Congress
Part of an online encyclopedia for legal researchers by law librarian Andrew Zimmerman.

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