Congressional Careers: Contours of Life in the U.S. House of Representatives
According to a Gallup poll, 70 percent of Americans want elected officials to serve only a limited number of terms. Nevertheless, every two years American voters return, on average, more than 95 percent of incumbents to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Introduction Manny Celler Stayed Too Long
The Electoral Career
The Formal Position Career
The Roll Call Career
The Legislative Activity Career
The District Activity Career
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99th Congress amendments Aspin average become bills career stage career-based chair challenger chapter Class-by-Class Analysis Classes of 1957 committee conclusions congressional careers conservative coalition support constituency activities constituency attention constituency service curvilinear decade decline defeated Democrats electoral career electoral performance electoral security electoral support Emanuel Celler evidence figure Fiorina first-term formal position career Gary Myers Hibbing House careers House tenure increasing tenure indicate individual issue late-career legislative activity legislative involvement legislative specialization less life-cycle effects linear longitudinal Manny Celler mean members of Congress modern congressional mortality effects norm participation party support party-support score patterns percent political life-cycle view presented rates recent reelection bid relationship between tenure relative representative's representatives Republicans roll call behavior roll call careers roll call voting Senate senior members shift staffers standard deviations standardized scores subcommittee term limitations tion travel home trips home typical U.S. Congress Vanik variables visibility vote share Washington z-score