The House of Representatives can feel like a small bustling city. The work of many people—not just elected Representatives, but also police officers, policy experts, carpenters, and more—has kept this small city in business over the centuries. Here, learn more about the surprising history of who and what keeps the House running.
The laws that govern the nation have been debated and voted on in the House Chamber since 1789. Learn about the individuals who kept the process running, from the Speaker of the House to the clerks tallying votes by hand.
Committees originated so the House could develop legislation and accomplish the nation’s goals. Hear from Members and staff about how the work of committees has affected everyday people.
Scores of people have worked behind the scenes since Congress’s earliest days. Find out about the history of stenographers, police officers, and even pie-makers on the Hill.
Members of Congress have always served as a vital link between citizens and government. Step back in time to learn how hand-written petitions, toll-free numbers, and hometown speeches helped connect voters with Representatives.
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