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Accountability of Elected Officials
Career Paths to Congress
Chaplains in the U.S. Congress
House Ethics Process
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Lame Duck Congress: Attendance and Voting
Members of Congress: A Job Description
Members of Congress: Who Do They Represent?
Oath of Office for Members of Congress
Pledge of Allegiance: Standing for the Pledge
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Qualifications to Run for Congress
Senate: 50-50 Split?
Senate Majority Leader: A Job Description
Sessions of Congress: Lengths
Size of House and Senate
Speaker of the House: a Job Description
Amending the Constitution
Constitutionality of Legislation
August Recesses
First Congress
GOP: Origins of Term
Ideology: Left or Right
Lame Duck Congress: Definition
Party Animals: the Donkey and the Elephant
Statue of Freedom
U.S. Citizenship Test
Amendment Tree in the Senate
Changing a Law
Conference Committees: In Decline
Conference Committees: Procedures
“Deem and Pass” Procedure
Executive Orders
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How to Find Basic Legislative Information
How to Keep Up With Congress
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Career Paths to Congress

Despite all the turmoil in Washington today, my 11 year old son has political aspirations of one day serving in Congress. To meet this goal, what should his career path look like?

Career Paths to Congress by Ilona NickelsThere are as many different career paths that lead to Congress as there are probably Members! No one pattern guarantees success over any other.

Whether a candidate can be elected or not is a function of several factors:

For an overview of the professional and educational backgrounds of current Members of Congress, you can review this detailed report found on various websites on the Internet, or use the link that I provide here: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42964.pdf

Membership of the 113th Congress: A Profile
Jennifer E. Manning
Congressional Research Service
January 13, 2014
CRS Report R42964

Most Members provide their bios on their respective websites. You might suggest to your son that since you live in Georgia, he review the bios of all the Georgia members to get a sense of their path to Congress.

Also have him check out my column here on Qualifications for Congress.

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