WHAT A UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN DOES by Roy Hoopes

WHAT A UNITED STATES CONGRESSMAN DOES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A fraternal twin to What a United States Senator Does (1970) right down to the feature roles played by seven personable politicians (in this case, Reps. Anderson, Gude, Mink, Michel, Conyers, Conte and Rees) and the emphasis on the ceremonial, textbook-perfect aspects of the House's operations. Of course there's the usual chart showing how-a-bill-becomes-a-law, but more representative are the assurance that ""In Congress you (the newly elected member) will be assigned office space in one of the three House office buildings, which, naturally, your children will want to visit,"" the picture of Rep. Conte raising an American flag at the entrance to his driveway (the beginning of ""a typical day"") and the endless views of individuals and groups seated at mirror-topped desks and tables. The constituency for this volume is clearly to be found among the Representatives, staffs and visitors so flatteringly portrayed; students will find that so much window dressing only obscures their view of the House.

Pub Date: May 29th, 1972
Publisher: John Day