Writing:Biography/Career for Congress
|Profiles of Incumbents and Candidates|
|Starting the article|
|Photo • Infobox use|
|Biography and Career|
|Issues • Committee assignments|
|Elections • Electoral history|
|Polls • Videos • Donors|
|Donor history • Campaign finance|
|Analysis • % Vote w/party • Like-minded|
|Staff salaries • Net Worth|
|Personal • Recent news|
|Links • Succession box|
|References • Categories|
|Profiles of Congressional Districts|
|Infobox • Introductory sentence|
|Redistricting • District history|
|See also • Additional reading|
|Links • Categories|
|Candidate creation • Photo|
|Race background • Election history|
|National political organizations|
The Biography and Career sections can be variable based on the amount of information. If lots of information is available, the two sections should be split into ==Biography== and ==Career==. However, if there is very little information for a ==Career== section, then everything can be folded into ==Biography==.
Profiles of members of Congress
The biography and career sections should be succinct, and often in bullet-ed form. The purpose of the section is to provide readers with a brief summary of what they have done prior to being elected to Congress.
When building a biography/career section, the following websites should be considered as excellent starting points and references.
- Who Runs Gov
- Open Congress
- Bio Guide
- Washington Post Voting Record
- Gov Track
- Open Secrets
- Project Vote Smart
For example sections:
Profiles of candidates
Should be treated the same as members of Congress.
Profiles of federal office holders
Should also be treated the same as members of Congress. However, different sources may need to be used.
Example: John Kerry