What's On The United States Congress Cards?
Each card is packed with details on the front and especially the back. Here's what you'll find.
- Each card contains a portrait with their name, title and state.
- In the upper left, you'll see the official seal representing the chamber in which they serve. The Senate seal appears for Senators, and the House Seal appears for Representatives.
- The lower left corner shows the shape of the state they represent.
- The lower right corner is an image representing their political party - a donkey for the Democratic Party, and an elephant for the Republican Party.
- On the top, you will find the official seal of the United States Congress, along with their title, name, and state. You can also see the number of the card out of 535. Cards 1-100 are Senators and cards 101-535 are Representatives. The numbers go in order of the state they represent, alphabetically.
- Below this, you will see a biography for the person on the card. We tried to include interesting facts about each person, including accomplishments, jobs, and their life before public service.
- Underneath their biography, you will see one of two things. Senator cards show their top four financial donors. Representative cards show facts about the district they represent. You can find more information about these sections below.
- Near the bottom of the card you will see social media, website, and contact information for the congressperson. This section also contains the state flag of the state they represent.
- Lastly, in the lower right of each card is a selection of biographical information including their date of birth, birthplace, full legal name, political party, and educational background.
Senator and Representative Info Boxes
On the back of each card, below the biography, you will see an "info box". Senator cards show financial contributions, and Representative cards show statistics for the district they represent. Let's explore these in more detail.
Senator Info Boxes
The information shown above is the top four donors to the candidate during the 2015-2020 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PAC (Political Action Committee), their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates. The contribution information displayed on the cards was obtained from the Center for Responsive Politics.
Representative Info Boxes
The information above is specific to the district that the person on the card represents. Each representative represents a district within their state.
- The population of each district varies from the lowest population district at 491,180 (Rhode Island's 1st District) to 1,031,015 (Montana's at-large District). An at-large district is a district that encompasses an entire state. There are seven states in the U.S. that have an at-large district (Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming).
- The median household income ranges from $30,483 (New York's 15th District) to $141,661 (California's 18th District).
- The next bit of information shows how this congressional district voted in the 2016 Presidential Election.
- Lastly, the Measure of America well-being index is displayed. For more information about this statistic, please visit the Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council. (Fascinating Cards, LLC is not affiliated with the Social Science Research Council).