Congressional Tenure and Spending

Does spending a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives affect the voting behavior of a member of congress? Moreover, does the length of a member’s congressional tenure make him more inclined to vote for certain types of legislation? This study finds evidence that this is true: the longer a Member of Congress remains in office, on average the more supportive of higher government spending he or she becomes.

By employing the congressional voting scorecards, over ten years and across five key state congressional delegations, it is found that, on average, a Member of Congress was more supportive of government spending in 2010 than he or she was in 2000.

Five state delegations were analyzed for this study: Florida, New York, California, Virginia, and Texas. Of these state delegations, New York congressmen were, on average, more supportive of government spending than the other delegations.

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