The U.S. Government

Federal Legislative Branch

  • Federal Legislative Branch website
  • “The legislative branch is the law making branch of government made up of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and agencies that support Congress.”
  • The Library of Congress has a handy guide to finding federal legislation which includes a quick guide to sources for particular types of documents.
  • Senate: This site identifies Senators, Committees, active legislation and voting records, and much more.
  • House of Representatives:  This site identifies Representatives, Committees, and legislative activity. “As per the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives makes and passes federal laws. The House is one of Congress’s two chambers (the other is the U.S. Senate), and part of the federal government’s legislative branch. The number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states.”
  • Congress.gov: Congress.gov has replaced THOMAS (provided by the Library of Congress,) as the official source for United States legislative information.
  • Congressional Record:  the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress, in daily (1994-date) or bound (1961-2001) form.
  • Congressional Budget Office supports congress by providing nonpartisan analyses of budget and economic issues, existing and proposed.
  • Redistricting Maps 2012  View 2012 Minnesota redistricting maps for US House
  • My Congressional District View snapshot statistics of your district
Current 7th Congressional District

Representative:  Collin Peterson
Senator:  Amy Klobuchar
Senator:  Tina Smith

Current 8th Congressional District

Representative:  Rick Nolan
Senator:  Amy Klobuchar
Senator:  Tina Smith

Track your Senator or Representative through govtrack.us


Federal Judicial Branch