Civics Today Citizenship, Economics, & You

Chapter 12: State Government

Student Web Activity

"Your State Legislators"

In our federal system of government the national and state governments share power. Each state has its own constitution and lawmaking body. All but one of the states have two-house legislatures. State lawmakers work with issues that are very close to the people they represent. In this lesson you will learn more about the men and women who represent you.

Destination Title: The Council of State Governments

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Start at the Council’s home page.

  • Click on one of the regions highlighted across the top of the page. Select the region your state is located in.
  • Click on About.
  • Click on your state’s name.
  • Find your state’s legislature.
  • Find your state legislator. Explore the available links to find out about your representative.

After browsing through the information on your state legislator answer the following questions.

Who is your state legislator?
What party does he or she represent?
How long has he or she been in the state legislature?
On which committees does he or she serve?
Write a one-page letter to your state legislator sharing your opinion on an issue of concern to you.
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