Poster or Presentation Title

The Importance of Home Style to Congress Today

Presenter Information

Stephen RuppelFollow

Location

Sydnor Performance Hall

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-4-2018 4:15 PM

Department

Political Science

Abstract

In this research I will revisit Richard Fenno's 1970 analysis on the home style of members of the House of Representatives. In "Home Style" Fenno observes members of Congress and how they work in DC as well as in their district and with their constituents and he analyzes how important home style is to each member. In this analysis I will use electoral margin, terms served, distance from DC to district, amount of money spent on franking, and amount of money spent on travel to compare how each member deals with his or her home style. I will be using data from the 214th Congress (2016-2017). This analysis of this data is to show that home style is still very important to members of the House of Representatives and also show that new technology has changed how members conduct their home styles today, but it is something they will continue to have to focus on in order to get reelected.

Faculty Mentor

Time Meinke

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Apr 4th, 4:15 PM

The Importance of Home Style to Congress Today

Sydnor Performance Hall

In this research I will revisit Richard Fenno's 1970 analysis on the home style of members of the House of Representatives. In "Home Style" Fenno observes members of Congress and how they work in DC as well as in their district and with their constituents and he analyzes how important home style is to each member. In this analysis I will use electoral margin, terms served, distance from DC to district, amount of money spent on franking, and amount of money spent on travel to compare how each member deals with his or her home style. I will be using data from the 214th Congress (2016-2017). This analysis of this data is to show that home style is still very important to members of the House of Representatives and also show that new technology has changed how members conduct their home styles today, but it is something they will continue to have to focus on in order to get reelected.