Suggested Reading

Barone, Michael, and Grant Ujifusa. The Almanac of American Politics 2006. Washington, D.C.: National Journal, 2005.

An essential reference for American politics that includes information on all members of Congress. The almanac is updated every two years.

Burrell, Barbara C. A Woman’s Place Is in the House: Campaigning for Congress in the Feminist Era. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994.

A study of female candidates for Congress, coming in the wake of 1992’s “Year of the Woman.”

Davidson, Roger H., and Walter J. Oleszek. Congress and Its Members. 8th ed. Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2002.

Davidson and Oleszek examine who gets elected to Congress and how they behave.

Fenno, Richard F. Homestyle: House Members in their Districts. Boston: Little, Brown, 1978.

A classic study of how members of Congress build support in their home districts.

Fowler, Linda, and Robert McClure. Political Ambition: Who Decides to Run for Congress? New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1989.

This book examines candidate recruitment.

Thomas, Sue. How Women Legislate. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Do female members of Congress behave differently than their male counterparts? Thomas argues that the number of women legislators involved affects the results of legislation.

Useful Websites

The website of the Library of Congress, which has a wealth of information on current proceedings in Congress.

Homepage of the Congressional Budget Office, which assists Congress in budgetary matters. The site also provides budget estimates.

Three top sources for news on Congress: The Hill, Roll Call, and Congressional Quarterly. All three are nonpartisan newspapers that provide a wealth of information about Congress.

The official websites for the United States Senate and House of Representatives. These sites give information about congresspeople, bills, committees, and upcoming debates and hearings.

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