Who Are the Members of Congress?
Compensation and Benefits
Staying in office
Once members of Congress are elected, it is easy for
them to be re-elected again and again (about 90%)
those already in office
what are called safe seats because of
of their districts
Congressional perks and privileges can give
incumbents advantage at election time
easier to raise campaign funds
voters like members who bring home
projects or grants that benefit the home
district or state
a new dam, office building, etc.