Constituent Influence on the Congressional Office
Fratarcangeli, Mark A.
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In the attempt to research the daily activities and decisions of a United States Congressman we are drawn to a question that dominates a representative's tenure in office, and dictates the way a public official's office is run. That overpowering question is whether or not a United States Representative is influenced by his or her constituency, and if so to what degree does the voice of that constituency effect the execution of that position? Is this influence seen to be positive or negative by the person holding the Congressional office, and what steps are taken to promote constituent input? As an intern for United States Congressman Sander Levin I have been exposed to the overwhelming effects of constituent input on the daily functions and decision making process of a Congressman. I was also able to take note of the various practices used to maintain communications between these two parties. Although it is not my intention to generalize the actions of all representatives from my limited experience with one congressman, I hope to give some indication of the possible motives behind Representative decision making as it applied to the 17th District of Michigan during my tenure.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.