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Balance of Power: Amateurs and Professionals in the House of Representatives

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Members of the House of Representatives arrive with different levels of political experience. In addition, social networks vary largely depending upon past electoral experience. Members without any previous electoral experience - amateurs have fundamentally are treated differently within the House of Representatives than members with electoral experience - professionals. This paper classifies freshmen members of the House of Representatives into four amateur and professional categories and then explores whether Republicans or Democrats are more likely to professional freshmen. After taking into consideration Fiorina?s (1994) ideas on the professionalization of state legislatures, we find Democrats are more likely to be professionals than are Republicans. This finding suggests there may be a dynamic to the professional composition of House parties beyond the one originally identified by Fiorina.

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Straus, Jacob. "Balance of Power: Amateurs and Professionals in the House of Representatives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts, Aug 28, 2002 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p66454_index.html>

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Straus, J. R. , 2002-08-28 "Balance of Power: Amateurs and Professionals in the House of Representatives" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston Marriott Copley Place, Sheraton Boston & Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p66454_index.html

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Abstract: Members of the House of Representatives arrive with different levels of political experience. In addition, social networks vary largely depending upon past electoral experience. Members without any previous electoral experience - amateurs have fundamentally are treated differently within the House of Representatives than members with electoral experience - professionals. This paper classifies freshmen members of the House of Representatives into four amateur and professional categories and then explores whether Republicans or Democrats are more likely to professional freshmen. After taking into consideration Fiorina?s (1994) ideas on the professionalization of state legislatures, we find Democrats are more likely to be professionals than are Republicans. This finding suggests there may be a dynamic to the professional composition of House parties beyond the one originally identified by Fiorina.

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Balance of Power: Amateurs and Professionals in the House of Representatives Abstract: Members of the House of Representatives arrive with different levels of political experience. In addition social networks vary largely depending upon past electoral experience. Members without any previous electoral experience ≠ amateurs have fundamentally are treated differently within the House of Representatives than members with electoral experience ≠ professionals. This paper classifies freshmen members of the House of Representatives into four amateur and professional categories and then
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