Legislation passed in 1929 sets a cap on the size of the US House of Representatives, making the decennial census a high-stakes battle for precious seats. Expanding the House would make it more democratic and avoid taking existing seats away.
SOURCE: Data & Society
In 1929, Congress adopted a formula for apportionment based on the Census. While made political disputes a matter of law, it also capped the size of the House, which has not kept up with population growth and contributed to the disproportionate influence of small states in the House and the Electoral College.
SOURCE: Washington Post
As House Democrats probe the Trump administration, a look back at a Founding Father who wanted his record examined.
The tentative title suggests the former House speaker intends to portray himself as a throwback to a bygone era.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
In 1859, the House went to war over Rep. John Sherman’s leadership bid.
by Ronald L. Feinman
There are seven (potential) candidates.
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Rachel Caufield
Paul Ryan, the Republican speaker of the House, just announced his retirement, and the race to replace him started before his announcement. What is the speaker's role? How has it changed over history?
by David O’Connor
By being fair and nonpartisan he’s managed to remain House Historian since 2010.
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