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Roles of Congress Legislating Representing voters Trustee? (Trust me ) Delegate? Constituent Service / casework: helping folks Oversight (monitoring) of Executive Agencies Hearings Investigations Leadership Powers Majority party selects leaders in a party caucus Agenda-setting : sets party priorities & stances Set the Calendar: scheduling debates, votes Bill referral : to which committee Influencing committee assignments Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) Presiding officer Administrative head of the house Leader of majority party in the house Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Congressional Elections Who wins? Best predictor = Incumbency Since 1998 over 95% of House incumbents won Senate has lower reelection rates, still a big factor Advantage of Incumbency #1 Subsidized Advertising Incumbents are more visible Franking privilege ( free postage) Official website #2 Adv. Constituent Services
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  • Government, United States Congress, majority party, Senate Majority Leader, Influencing committee assignments

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