Writing:Ideology (congress)

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This is a content-and-style guide about how to write an Ideology and leadership section for articles about Congress. It is a subsection under Analysis, but has been previously placed in the Introductory Sentence section.
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The information for this section comes from GovTrack.

Pieces of information

  • Political spectrum ideology score
  • Political party
Leadership score

Getting the information


Go to GovTrack's Members of Congress page. Here you can list members of congress. Find the member on the list and the section on the member's page titled Sponsorship Analysis. It contains all of the necessary information.



Use the following template for Ideology and leadership sections:

===Ideology and leadership===

:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', LASTNAME was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|SCORE PARTY LEADERSHIP]]" as of DATE.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?id=400222 ''GovTrack'', "FULLNAME," accessed DATE]</ref> LASTNAME was rated as a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|SCORE PARTY LEADERSHIP]]" in MONTH 2013. OR: This was the same rating NAME received in MONTH YEAR.


  • DATE: Date information was accessed
  • LASTNAME: Last name of congressperson
  • SCORE: Ideology such as centrist, rank-and-file, far right
  • PARTY: Political party
  • LEADERSHIP: If present, leader or follower
  • FULLNAME: Full name of congressperson
  • DATE: Current month/year

An example would appear as:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Kirk was a "centrist Republican" as of May 30, 2013.[1]


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