A Position On A Prestige Committee

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Data and Methods
In this research, I will investigate the conditions in which members of Congress seek out a position on a prestige committee. This research focuses on House members specifically since their constituency representation is more specialized, making it easier to determine which members have transitioned from local to national issues to those who have not. In conducting this study, I randomly selected 25 members of the United States House of Representatives who had positions in prestige committees in the 114th Congress. This group of members will be further known as the “transition group” as these members made the transition from local to national issues. Then, I identified 25 other House members who matched the previous members in terms of political party, state of representation, type of their district (rural or urban), and gender. This group of members will be further known as the “non-transition group” as these members did not make the transition from local to national issues. In a spreadsheet containing all 50 members, I recorded objective information about them including how many years they have been in the Congress, their term number, their current and past committee assignments, their DW-Nominate score. In the transition group, I recorded when their shift was made and any explanation of their decision to do so from their congressional website or social media accounts. Additionally, I gathered some data on the member’s individual districts including any
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