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What does a Representative do?

A Representative is a member of the legislative branch — the branch of government that writes and passes federal laws — along with 50 Senators and 434 other Representatives. The legislative branch is one of the three branches of the United States government, the other two being the executive and the judicial branches.

It all started in the 1750s and 60s, when the favorite slogan of the generation was “No Taxation Without Representation.” American colonists wanted representative government, and they got it when they won the American Revolution against the British. The result was the United States of America with its three branches of government.

As a Representative, you’re an elected official who serves two-year terms, with no term limits, in the House of Representatives (the larger of two bodies of Congress). You’re paid to represent a district of voters in your home state, who choose you as their voice — their “Representative,” literally — in Washington, D.C. There, you serve on committees, author legislation, hold public hearings, listen to expert testimony, and vote on bills, all in service of your constituents and their best interests.

One day, you might be asked to confirm a Supreme Court Justice, and the next, you might be called on to vote on changes to the tax code. Always, however, you’re expected to listen to voters and communicate your positions to them, which you do via speeches, public appearances, press releases, newsletters, and town hall meetings.

Simply put, then: Your job is democracy!