The Process

1. Identify your own Congressman. Visit www.congress.gov and find the section about the current Congress, e.r., “Congress: The 108th.”

2. Visit her or his Web site and determine if they are a member of the Republican or Democratic Party. If they are an Independent, find out with which party they vote in that party’s caucus or conference.

3. Determine which political party is in the majority in the House (see www.house.gov).

4. Locate a description of the duties of either the Speaker of the House if you are a member of his party) or the Minority Leader (if you are a member of his party).

5. Find other Internet sites that provide the following information: the name of the current leader, information about him, and information about his leadership position (congressional leaders sometimes have separate Web sites about themselves and about their leadership office).

6. Write a report to your constituents explaining what your leader does and what qualities you believe are necessary for him to be successful.

7. Find an example of news coverage of your leader’s actions (see AboutGovernment, using the navigation bar at the top of this page). Use this to evaluate his or her effectivness based on the report you prepared for step 6. Add a paragraph or two explaining your findings.

8. OPTIONS. Compare and contrast the duties of House and Senate leaders. Compare and contrast the duties of the Speaker and Minority Leader.

The Resources

www.house.gov, www.senate.gov, www.congress.gov all provide information about our current members, majority, and current legislation.

USA.gov (https://www.usa.gov/). This site provides links to more than 250 Web sites about the federal government, including scores about the U.S. Congress.

Speaker of the House Web site (http://www.speaker.gov) has information about the selection, history, and duties of the post.

House Majority Leader’s site (http://www.majorityleader.gov)