CH 9 we the people

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What is a bicameral legislature?

Having a legislative assembly composed of two chambers of houses. (House & Senate)

Which of the following does NOT typically affect an individual’s decision to run for elected office?

The individual’s ability to meet the extensive list of educational requirements defined by local, state, and federal laws

How long is the term of office for a U.S. Senator

6 years

what is a key assumption of the sociological model of representation?

Because similarity helps promote good representation, the composition of legislative bodies should mirror the composition of society.

What is the idea of representation say that a legislator should be viewed as someone whom voters hire to represent their interests.

Agency representation

in each House district there are approximately how many people?


what is the most common occupation among members of Congress before coming to Congress?


what is the definition of a constituent?

It is a person who lives in the district represented by a member of the legislature.

What is a senator or representative running for re-election called?


in recent years, approximately what percentage of House members seeking re-election won their race?

95 %

The process of allocating congressional seats among the fifty states is called what


What is Gerrymandering?

The drawing of legislative district boundaries to benefit a party, group, or incumbent.

Pork-barrel legislation refers to what?

Deals with specific projects and their locations within a particular congressional district.

The frequency with which they must seek re-election makes members of the U.S. House what?

more responsive to the needs of local interest groups in the districts they represent

Which of the following best explains the small number of women in Congress?

Incumbency is a very powerful resource, and most incumbents have been men.

One reason some people support the establishment of term limits in the House and Senate is that it will do what?

that it will increase turnover and get new faces into Congress

Three factors related to the American electoral system affect who is elected to office in this country and what they do once they get there. Those factors are what?

Who decides to run for office, incumbency, and the drawing of district lines

What is a party unity vote?

– A vote on which 50 percent or more of the members of one party take one position while at least 50 percent of the members of the other party take the opposing position

The Senate’s constitutional power of advice and consent extends to what

the president’s power to issue executive orders

The House Ways and Means Committee has jurisdiction over what?

Taxes, trade, and entitlement programs social security medicare unemployment

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