If you care about systemic issues and solutions the U.S. House of Representatives is for you!
The House of Representatives is made up of 435 seats where members of congress represent their home districts and make decisions that impact the entire country. US House committees write and pass law that impacts everything from Social Security to military budgets to national education. While the processes at this level are slower than the local and state levels, the impacts are much larger. If you have an air for the celebrity, are okay traveling back and forth to DC, and want what is best for your community at the highest levels of the law then you can accomplish great things in this role.
The Constitution requires that Members of the House be at least 25 years old, have been a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and live in the state they represent (though not necessarily the same district). In addition to these specifics, here are some skills that will help you in this role:
- Conflict resolution
- Public speaking
- Ability to influence others
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Familiarity and comfort with fundraising
Did you know in the 118th Congress (2023-2025) women only make up 28.7% of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, even though women make up 51% of the US population? We need YOU to run for office to ensure women’s voices are heard.
- If you’re thinking, “Well, maybe, but…” hold your buts because you need a pep talk. Check out our 26 Common Barriers to Running for Office!
- Get all of the details about what a U.S. Representative does, what’s required, what they get paid, and more in our Public Office Profile Suite.
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