Do Your Reps Represent You?
How to know what your representatives are doing, with govtrack.us
Want to hold your representatives accountable, but not sure how to keep up with all of their actions?
Follow these instructions to use the open source website govtrack.us to get email alerts (in the moment or weekly digest) on everything your representatives do.
Find your representatives
Go to govtrack.us and type in your address.
The website will pop up your senators and representative.
Follow your representatives
For each representative, click on the “More info >>” link to open their detailed page.
Sign up for email alerts with the “Get alerts” button:
You will need to make an account with govtrack.us so that you can manage your subscription. Don’t worry, they won’t email you asking you to sign petitions. It’s an informational site, not a political action group.
Once you’re signed in, you can get back to following your rep.
You get a few options for the level of detail and frequency of communication you want. I recommend Weekly Updates so you don’t get overwhelmed:
Repeat for each representative.
This is what a tracking email looks like:
If you want to know more about what your representatives are voting on, you can click through to learn more and see how others voted:
You can even click through from there (the H.J.Res.41 link) to see the status of the bill and read its full text.
This should give you all the information you need to know whether your representatives represent your own values. What you do with that information is up to you– voting, phone calls, emails, rallies, or nothing at all.
Govtrack is an open source website. I don’t work on it, but I think it is an excellent tool. Here is the project’s Github repo and its Patreon account in case you want to support it with time or money.