After reading this section, you should be able to answer the following questions:
- What kinds of people are elected to Congress?
- How do members make news and generate publicity for themselves?
- What jobs are performed by congressional staff members?
Members of Congress are local politicians serving in a national institution. They spend their days moving between two worlds—their home districts and Washington. While many come from the ranks of the social and economic elite, to be successful they must be true to their local roots.