Members of Congress at Work Deal with many issues. EXAMPLES: child care, healthcare, military, trade
P. 214 (Members at Work) How do members of Congress prioritize their time and meet the needs/interests of their constituents and the whole nation?
Representatives Number of representatives is determined by population. Constitution requires a census every 10 years Each state MUST have at least 1 representative
Representatives: p. 214-215 What is a census? How many representatives are in the House of Representatives? Can the number of representatives change? What is the average number of people who live in a district?
Congressional Districts Process of drawing district boundaries is controlled by state governments Alabama has 7 Representatives in the House Jo Bonner is the representative for our area ( District 1)
P. 216 What do representatives typically spend most of there time doing? Why?
Senators Each state has two Senators. Elected for 6 year terms Jeff Sessions Richard Shelby
p. 216 Why do senators have longer overlapping terms? What is the focus of a senator? Read and analyze chart on p. 216 (questions 1-2)
Requirements Representatives and senators MUST live in the state where they are elected Representatives must be at least 25 years old Senators must be 30 years old Representatives must be a citizens for at least 7 years Senators must be citizens for at least 9 years
p. 217 What are the salaries of representatives and senators? Analyze case study Civics and Economics