Jonathan, a sophomore at State University


Political Science: The Legislative Process


Write a Member Profile of a Member of Congress (either a Senator or a Representative), including personal background and voting record in the 110th Congress


Locate information on a Member of Congress

Starting Info:

Chooses Name of Representative or Senator

  1. Selects Members and Committees from the left-hand navigation bar.

  2. Selects the Personal Profiles option from the Member Record search form.

  3. Decides to search on the name of the Senator from his home state of West Virginia, types the name Bird in the Last Name search box  and the name Bob in the First Name search box, clicks the Search button, and gets no results.

  4. Clicks on the Look up a Member link, looks for Bob Bird, and notes that, while there is no entry for Bob Bird, there is an entry for Robert C. Byrd.

  5. Copies and pastes Robert C. Byrd into the search boxes, clicks the Search button, and retrieves an updated profile on Senator Byrd, including biographical information and committee assignments.

  6. Returns to the Member Records search page, selects the Key Vote option, searches again on Robert C. Byrd, and retrieves a Legislative Profile Report detailing how Senator Byrd voted in the 110th Congress.

  7. Clicks on bill links within the legislative Profile Report to find out more about the bills Senator Byrd voted for and against.

  8. Using the information obtained from the Personal Profiles and Key Votes search, he is now ready to write a Member Profile.

Search Tips:  Use the Look up a Member link to ensure that you enter correctly the name of the Senator or Representative for whom you are searching.