The United States Congress
is composed of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Each state and territory is represented in the House. The
number of seats held is dependent on their state's population
count. The national census, conducted by the Census
Bureau every ten years, leads, in some cases, to an increase or
decrease in a state's number of representatives in the
House. The total number of seats in the House will
not decrease or decrease, however. The number of seats in
the House is fixed.
state has two Senators regardless of their state's population.
houses of Congress have been assigned the task to debate and
pass legislation on your behalf. How effective
Congress has been in pursuing our best interests is, of course,
a matter of debate. Do not construe that statement as
negative. Let's face it, your views on any particular
issue and how Congress handles that issue, influences your
thoughts on how well you believe members represent your
If you do
not feel that your representatives to the House and Senate truly
reflect your views when they vote, then do yourself a favor.
Rather than complain, vote against them in the next election.
Action always brings results. Complaining
accomplishes very little.
event, communication with those who draft the legislation that
affects our lives to a tremendous extent never hurts. Some
might argue that it also does not help. I look at it this
way, you have nothing to lose.
page you can link to the home pages of those members who have
them. Most do. You can also send e-mail if an e-mail
address exists. Some use an alternate method of
communicating electronically. If this is the case, you
will usually find a link on their page that will enable you to
send them electronic mail. But be forewarned. Most
will not respond using e-mail. Many would rather
reply through the customary postal method.
of caution. Members of Congress do not have much interest
in responding to those who live outside their districts.
After all, if you are not a constituent, you will not be in a
position of affecting the next election one way or another.
and very important. You may become very hot over an
issue. All of us do from time to time. But
that will not be much of a defense if you threaten a member of
Congress. There are definite consequences to face.
If you have a point to make, then do so rationally and put as
much substance as you can into your argument. Good luck.