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Vote Smart Paper (50 pts.): The objective of this paper is to familiarize yourself with your current representation. Furthermore, you should critically analyze your representatives policy positions and qualifications.

First, go to

Enter your nine digit zip code (Edmond, Oklahoma zip code is 73034)

Who are your US Senators (senior seat and junior seat) and US Representative? (There will be three representatives: 2 senators and 1 representative). Remember to do Congressional not state representatives. The senior and junior you are going to write about are Jim Inhofe, and James Lankford.

When answering the questions below you must address four categories.

  • 1)Biographical information (education, career path, family etc.)
  • 2)Campaign finance (major contributors)
  • 3)Voting record (how they vote on certain issues you feel are important)
  • 4)Interest groups (supporters etc.)

What do you like about your current representative and senators?

What do you dislike about your current representative and senators?

Based upon the information in the four categories, would you vote for your senators and representative?

Please make sure you think through your answers (e.g. I like my reps. voting record on abortion, however, his voting record on education is not impressive. Then tell me why!)

Remember to discuss your thought process behind your answers.

Remember to double space your paper, three to five pages long with a font no larger than 12.

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