This is the first book that looks at how the U.S. House of Representatives really works, by drawing on the insights and experiences of former members. Chapters address every aspect of life in the House, from running for Congress to the impact on family life.
Lou Frey Jr. is the founder of the Frey Institute of Politics and Government at the University of Central Florida. Michael T. Hayes is Department Chair and professor of political science at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Making a Difference: Chapter 4 Ron, What Really Did You Do for a Living All Those Years in Washington Chapter 5 The Youngest Woman Elected to Congress Chapter 6 Constituencies within Congress: The Experiences of an Hispanic Congressman Chapter 7 A Republican Hawk Takes on the Pentagon Chapter 8 Getting Elected and Settling In: Chapter 9 The Lure of Politics Chapter 10 Mr. Sundquist Goes to Washington Chapter 11 Settling into Washington as a First-Term Representative Chapter 12 Tales from the House Gymnasium Chapter 13 What Can a New Member Accomplish? Chapter 14 Old Advice for New Members of Congress Chapter 15 Congressman-At-Large: Representing the State of Maryland Chapter 16 The Personal Side of Life in the House: Chapter 17 Family Life in Washington: The Spouse's Perspective Chapter 18 Dynamic Duo: A Marriage Devoted to Public Service Chapter 19 Religious Idealism and Reality in Congressional Politics Chapter 20 The Impeachment of Richard Nixon: A Personal Recollection Chapter 21 Never Quite Over the Hill: Working as a Congressional Staffer Chapter 22 Political Parties and the Life of the House: Chapter 23 Party Government in Canada Chapter 24 How Political Parties Shape the Policy Decisions of Congress Chapter 25 Challenges that Speakers Face Chapter 26 The Job of the Minority Leader Chapter 27 Crossing the Party Line: My Life as a Republican. . . and a Democrat Chapter 28 Wielding Influence as a Conservative Democrat Chapter 29 Serving on Committees in Congress: Chapter 30 Congress and Ways & Means Chapter 31 The Appropriations Committee Chapter 32 Forty-Eight Hours in the Life of a Congressional Appropriator Chapter 33 A Ranking Member of a Committee of the US Congress Chapter 34 Power in the US House and the Florida State Senate Chapter 35 The Member's Environment: Interest Groups, Constituents, and the Media: Chapter 36 Questions People Ask Me About Representation Chapter 37 The Role of Mail in Decisions in Congress Chapter 38 Lobbies and Political Action Committees: A Congressman's Perspective Chapter 39 Soft Behavior Responses: How Legislators Serve Lobbyists in the Shadows of Capitol Hill Chapter 40 Congress and the Media Chapter 41 Dealing with the Press Chapter 42 Congress and Policy-Making: Chapter 43 A Look at the Rules of the House Chapter 44 Taking on AT&T: Rewriting the Communications Act Chapter 45 Legislative Entrepreneurship: Different Strategies for Different Issues Chapter 46 Congress in Foreign Affairs Chapter 47 Changes in the Role of Congress in Foreign Affairs Chapter 48 The Legislator's Role in Defense Chapter 49 Congress and the Pentagon: Civil-Military Relations for a New Millennium Chapter 50 The Evolution of Congress: Chapter 51 Early History and Development of the United States Congress Chapter 52 A Governor's Reflections on the Life in the US House Chapter 53 Congress-It Used to Work Chapter 54 Partisan Memories: Watergate Revisited Chapter 55 Contributors