E-Learning Module: The Many Roles of a Member of Congress


Developed for students as well as the general public, this interactive learning activity is designed to show what a member of Congress does in his or her daily activities. To open the module, click the graphic.

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The Many Roles of a Member of Congress

Sponsor: The Alliance for Representative Democracy

Despite widespread coverage of Congress, what Members do on a daily basis is still a mystery to most people, even though several of those roles might be of particular benefit to them. This module gives an overview of Members' various roles, from national legislator and investigator to constituent helper, educator, and civic promoter. Interactive sections go through a typical day in DC, and then show some quite different roles back home. You will hear from experts and then try your hand at sorting out some of the challenges facing a new Member of Congress.