Researching Your Representatives and Senators

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To be a successful advocate, it's important to know your representative's or senator's record on the issues you care about. Don't worry, finding this information is easy, you just have to know where to look. Below are a few ideas to help you get started.

LAWG Congressional Scorecard
The LAWG scorecard shows the voting record of every member of Congress on key issues affecting Latin America. We post a new scorecard every year, and we have them on our website going back to 2000.

The most comprehensive website with voting records, legislative sponsorship records, and text of congressional debates is maintained by the Library of Congress (it's called Thomas after Thomas Jefferson). Though it's a bit tricky to maneuver at first, it's worth the time.

Project Vote Smart
Project Vote Smart contains a wealth of information on elected officials at various levels of government as well as information to help citizens track what's going on in Congress.

Open Secrets
Open Secrets is a website maintained by The Center for Responsive Politics that lets you find out who is donating money—whether they be lobbyists, Political Action Committees (PACs), or individuals—to your elected officials and candidates running in your district or state.

OpenCongress, maintained by the Sunlight Foundation, brings together official government data with news coverage, blog posts, comments, and more to give you the real story behind what's happening in Congress.