United States Congressional Biographical Data Series

Investigator(s): Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

The United States Congressional Biographical Data series was developed by ICPSR and was supported by grants from the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress. The data were constructed primarily from Carroll McKibbin, BIOGRAPHICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS, 1789-1979 (ICPSR 7428), and the ROSTER OF UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL OFFICEHOLDERS, 1789-1978, collected by ICPSR, as well as from a variety of other sources. The data provide information on congressional service and selected biographical characteristics for each person who had served in the United States Congress in the period 1789-1996. A data record exists for every Congress in which an individual served, as well as for each chamber in which a person may have served in a given Congress. The record includes political party affiliation, district, state and region represented, and exact and cumulative dates of service in each Congress and in each chamber, as well as total congressional service.

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2014
Bailey, Martha J.,  Duquette, Nicolas J. How Johnson fought the War on Poverty: The economics and politics of funding at the office of economic opportunity. Journal of Economic History. 74, (2), 351-388.
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2012
Petersen, R.Eric . Representatives and Senators: Trends in Member Characteristics Since 1945. CRS Report. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.
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2010
Pisapia, Michael Callaghan . Public Education and the Role of Women in American Political Development, 1852-1979. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin - Madison.
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2009
Bó, Ernesto Dal,  Bó, Pedro Dal,  Snyder, Jason . Political dynasties. Review of Economic Studies. 76, (1), 115-142.
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2009
Murakami, Michael H. Minority status, ideology, or opportunity: Explaining the greater retirement of house Republicans. Legislative Studies Quarterly. 34, (2), 219-244.
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2004
Lee, David S.,  Moretti, Enrico,  Butler, Matthew J. Do voters affect or elect policies? Evidence from the U.S. House. Quarterly Journal of Economics. 119, (3), 807-859.
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2003
Snyder, James M. Jr.,  Ting, Michael M. Roll calls, party labels, and elections. Political Analysis. 11, (4), 419-444.
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2003
Solowiej, Lisa,  Brunell, Thomas L. The Entrance of Women to the U.S. Congress: The Widow Effect. Political Research Quarterly. 56, (3), 283-292.
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1997
Box-Steffensmeier, Janet M.,  Jones, Bradford S. Time is of the essence: Event history models in political science. American Journal of Political Science. 41, (4), 1414-1461.
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1997
Crook, Sara Brandes,  Hibbing, John R. A not-so-distant mirror: the 17th Amendment and congressional change. American Political Science Review. 91, (4), 845-853.
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