Legislators get their jobs by being elected. They make and pass laws. They approve budgets and work with lots of different people. They need to make time to meet with the people who elected them. They can be senators and congressmen in Washington D.C. or in our state capitol. They can be elected to the school board or town council.
• Create laws
• Create budgets for schools, towns, cities, counties, states, or the nation
• Make speeches
• Go to meetings
Where and When:
• Legislators can work long hours. Some work only once a week at a local meeting. Others may work 60 hours a week all year.
• State legislators work other jobs when not at the capitol. They might be away from home a lot.
• Most legislators do not hold this job for long.
What or Who They Work With:
• Budgets and reports
• They work with many different people: other legislators and people from other branches of government.
• They also must listen to and work with people that live in their towns and business owners.
Education and Training:
• Must be a certain age
• Must be a U.S. citizen
• Must have good speaking skills
• Should be very involved in the community
- Corporate chief executive
- Corporate board members
- Military officer
Related School Subjects:
• Social Studies
WE THE KIDS: THE PREAMBLE TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES by David Catrow
MY SENATOR AND ME: A DOG'S EYE VIEW OF WASHINGTON D.C. by Edward Kennedy
BEING A GOOD CITIZEN: A BOOK ABOUT CITIZENSHIP (WAY TO BE!) by Mary Small and Stacy Previn
WHAT'S A MAYOR? by Nancy Harris
RYHME: A PIG IN POLITICS by Will Maks
MADAM PRESIDENT: THE EXTRAORDINARY, TRUE (AND EVOLVING) STORY OF WOMEN IN POLITICS by Catherine Thimmesh
WORKING AT CITY HALL (21st Century Junior Library: Careers) by Lucoa Raatma
ARTHUR MEETS THE PRESIDENT by Marc Brown