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Finding Basic Info on Your District

  • National Journal's Almanac of American Politics
    Gives a brief history of the districts, basic district demographics and profiles of every senator, representative and governor.
  • CQ's Politics in America
    Print: Latest edition in Ref JK 1010 .P64
    Similar to the title above.
  • 2010 Census Apportionment Count
    Excel Spreadsheet of Comparison of 2010 Apportionment Counts to Prior Counts, Estimates, and Projections

Profile on the 110th Congress

  • Congressional Profiles
    From Secrecy News.
    Has info on:
    “Membership of the 111th Congress: A Profile,”
    “Women in the United States Congress: 1917-2009,”
    “Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Congress,”
    “African-American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2009,”
    All from CRS Reports!

Info on Representatives

  • ProQuest Congressional
    Change from Congressional Publications to Members & Committees to search individual Congressmen and Senators.
  • Congressional Profiles
    From Secrecy News.
    Several recent reports from the Congressional Research Service provide descriptive profiles of the present and past composition of Congress by race, ethnicity, gender, education, religion and occupation.
    All from CRS Reports!
  • Faith on the Hill The Religious Composition of the 112th Congress
    From the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Also provides historic data on previous Congresses.
 

National Atlas

National Atlas.gov

Get a map of the state to determine your district and a simple map of the district showing the major cities/towns and major highways/roads. Preview map online or print map out.

Find all your statistics/data by Congressional District!

This one source will give you the population, economic, educational, religious data you will need and present it maps and tables!

  • Policy Map
    PolicyMap is a fully web-based Geographic Information System. You can even use our GIS mapping services to easily incorporate your own data and leverage it against the thousands of indicators already available in PolicyMap. Available data includes demographics, home sale statistics, health data, mortgage trends, school performance scores and labor data like unemployment, crime statistics and city crime rates.
  • My DistrictData
    A subset of data from Policy Map on jobs, employment, education, etc. Use along with Policy Map.
  • My Congressional District
    From the Census Bureau's American Community Survey; people, jobs, housing, economic, and education statistics from the 2011, 1 year estimates

Detailed State Data

Consulting an individual Representative's or Senator's webpage may give you more detailed information about his or her district.  Constulting the State's government website will also give you more information, including information of how population figures may change their districts, plus other data you may be looking for.  These can be found from State Data Centers.

Some examples:

Election Informantion

  • Federal Election Commission Home Page
    Lists results of runoff, primary, and general elections for federal office. Election results and percentages can be located by state, party, and congressional district.
  • Voting America: United States Politics, 1840 - 2008
    Voting America encourages users to think about US political history by allowing two types of comparison. Animations of a single type of map--say, measuring the winner of presidential elections at the county level--allow for comparisons across time. Users can also explore a single election by looking at patterns across a number of variables, including the percentage of votes won by parties, the winner of a given district, or the distribution of votes across the United States.

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