gov vocab

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constituent

a person whom a member of Congress has been elected to represent

incumbent

elected official that is already in office

censure

a vote of formal disapproval of a member's actions

bicameral legislature

A two-chamber legislature

quorum

The minimum number of members who must be present to permit a legislative body to take official action

bill

a proposed law

census

a population count

reapportionment

the process of reassigning representation based on population, after every census

whip

an assistant to the party floor leader in the legislature

redistrict

to set up new district lines after reapportionment is complete

majority leader

the Speaker's top assistant whose job is to help plan the majority party's legislative program and to steer important bills through the House

session

a period of time during which a legislature meets to conduct business

caucus

a private meeting of party leaders to choose candidates for office

calender

a schedule that lists the order in which bills will be considered in congress

gerrymander

To draw a district's boundaries to gain an advantage in elections

at-large

as a whole; for example, statewide

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