Writing:Succession box (Members of Congress)

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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to add a succession box to articles about members of Congress.

A succession box is a graphic feature on a page that makes it very easy for a reader to see who came before a particular politician in a particular office, and who came after.

The succession box is NOT added to profiles of congressional districts or committees.

Succession box

Features

Succession boxes are infinitely expandable. You can keep adding rows to them, depending on how many different political offices the politician you are writing about has held.

NOTE: adding years

When filling out the year in which a politician assumed his/her Senate seat, insert the year in which they were sworn in, NOT the year in which they were elected. The exception: in some states, such as California, the politician is sworn in the same year in which they were elected. In this case, the correct year to insert would be the election year, not the year after.

The Code

The code for a one-level succession box looks like this:

{{start box}}

{{s-off}}
{{succession box | before = John Doe | title = U.S. House of Representatives - South Carolina District # | years = 2004–present | after = - }}

{{end box}}

The letters in red in the code above indicate the sections you will need to change when you install this code in a different article.

The code for a two-level succession box looks like this:

{{start box}}

{{s-off}}
{{succession box | before = Jane Doe |title = U.S. House of Representatives - South Carolina District # | years = 2010–present | after = - }}
{{succession box | before = Joe Smith |title = South Carolina State Senate - District # | years = 2004–2010 | after = Michael Smith }}

{{end box}}

Succession boxes with three, four or more levels are built by continuing to add the lines that start with "succession box" before the final {{end box}} line.

How to install

To install a succession box:

  1. Copy the code from the previous section.
  2. Paste it into the section of the article where you want your succession box to appear.
  3. In the third line of the code, make the necessary adjustments:
  • Change the name of the politician from "John Doe" to the name of the politician who served in the office that the subject of your article now holds immediately prior to the time that your politician began his/her service in the office.
  • If you don't know the name of that person, simply delete "John Doe" from the code.
  • Change the name of the office held by the subject of your article from "Idaho Senate District 18" to whatever the name of the relevant office is.
  • Change the part of the code that deals with tenure in office to reflect whatever the facts are with respect to the years that the subject of your article served in this particular office.
  • If the subject of your article is the incumbent, leave the "NA" in the code for the "after" section.
  • If the subject of your article is no longer the incumbent, and has been succeeded in office by someone, enter that person's name in the section of the code for "after."

Example

The succession box from the article about John Kerry:

Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Tsongas
U.S. Senate - Massachusetts
1985-Present
Succeeded by
-

The succession box from the article about Mick Mulvaney:

Political offices
Preceded by
John Spratt
U.S. House of Representatives - South Carolina District 5
2011-Present
Succeeded by
-
Preceded by
Chauncey Gregory
South Carolina State Senate - District 16
2008-2011
Succeeded by
Greg Gregory

See also

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