Whether or not you choose to be political, or to participate in voting, there are groups of people out there representing you and your interests. They are making decisions that will affect your life in some way. Don't worry, there is a TV channel where you can watch them decide your fate. But, let's be honest, the only people watching C-SPAN are getting paid to watch C-SPAN.
If you are like me and don't prefer to spend hours watching a silent documentary of people wandering around a large room sometimes pushing a button, we have the internet. Here at Denver Public Library we get regular calls from patrons looking to know more about the people who represent them and how to get in touch with them.
Let’s start at the Colorado General Assembly. Not sure who your local representatives are? Just use their Find my Legislator map. You can search by your address to see which district you are in and who represents and votes on behalf of that district. In the case of the Central Denver Public Library we fall into the state House District 5 and the state Senate District 34. The Find My Legislator map is a great way to find not only contact information for the Legislator, but also which bills they sponsored or worked on.
But what about how my specific representatives vote on bills? While Find My Legislator gives you great basic contacts and information, you have to dig a bit deeper for how they voted by searching the specific bills that were up for votes while they were in office. You can easily search bills and how your District representative voted on it here.
Interested in what is happening now? You can see which bills are currently in the works here.
What about on the federal level? How do we find who represents us in the House of Congress? Guess what? There is a Find my Legislator for that, too! For the House of Representatives you can the ZIP Code finder in the top right hand corner at this website.
The nice thing about the federal websites for representatives? Most have direct voting records you can browse at your leisure when you click into them and explore.
For the U.S. Senate it is also simple to find who your Senators are, this time in the top left corner, and it is sorted by state. This federal website gives contact information, bills, and voting records of its members, as well.
While it is always best to go straight to the source, if you don’t feel like digging through these official sites, there are plenty of sites that gather the information for you:
Don’t forget to check out Denver Public Library’s government databases. You can find a links to Colorado Government Publications, Federal Government Publications, Proquest’s Congressional Publications and more.
You know what is important to you. So make sure the people making decisions for you do, as well.