Digital Democracy Contest Student Worksheet #1 – Terminology and Concepts Your name: ________________________________ Terminology and Concepts: Complete the following definitions. 1. United States Congress – one of the __________________________ of our government. Composed of two houses – the Senate and the House of Representatives. Both senators and representatives are selected through __________________. Congress has several powers including making laws, regulating budgetary matters and __________________________________________________________. 2. House of Representatives – composed of _______ elected representatives from each state based on population. 3. Senate – composed of _________elected senators (two from each of the 50 states). 4. Legislator – someone who ________________________________. 5. Congressperson – member of either the ____________ or the House of Representatives. 6. Lobbyist – someone who tries to ____________ decisions made by government. Lobbyists usually work together in lobbying firms. 7. Industry - the people or companies engaged in a particular kind of ______________________________. 8. Revolving door – a concept describing when people ________________________ in private industry and jobs in government offices which ____________________ that industry. 9. Campaign contributions – money people give to elected officials. Elected officials use this money to pay for their campaign to be _______________________. 10. Campaign cycle – composed of _________ years. Each representative must be reelected every two years to stay in Congress. Each senator must be reelected every six years to stay in Congress.