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This page is a content-and-style guide about how to write a section in state legislative articles that provides a list of the members of the chamber.

To construct a list of the members of the chamber, first decide what information you will include in the chart. To a certain extent, at least at the beginning, your answer to this question may be based on what information is readily available to you. At a minimum, your chart should include three pieces of information that are readily available for any state legislative chamber:

  • The district represented by each legislator
  • The name of each legislator
  • The political party affiliation of each legislator

But, there is additional information that could certainly be included in additional columns, such as:

  • The year the legislator was first elected to/appointed to office
  • When the legislator is next up for re-election
  • In a state with term limits, the last year the person can run
  • The name of the city in which the legislator resides (Note: This information is tricky, because it becomes outdated every time a legislator moves. This information should only be included if you have a very firm plan in mind for making sure that this information is always accurate. Otherwise, don't add it or consider removing it.)

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Building the chart

3 columns

{| class="wikitable sortable"
|-
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | District 
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Senator
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party

|-
| District 1
| Name
| {{red dot}}
|-
| District 2
| Name
| {{blue dot}}
|}
District Senator Party
District 1 Name Ends.png Republican
District 2 Name Electiondot.png Democratic

4 columns

See Example here
{| class="wikitable sortable"
|-
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | District 
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Senator
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Term Up

|-
| District 1
| Name
| {{red dot}}
| 2012
|-
| District 2
| Name
| {{blue dot}}
| 2010
|}
District Senator Party Term Up
District 1 Name Ends.png Republican 2012
District 2 Name Electiondot.png Democratic 2010

Research ideas

You will find lists of the current members of the chamber you're researching at:

  • The legislative chamber's official website
  • Project Vote Smart