Civic hacking Congress (part 1)

Building congressional pages with the new Library of Congress Congress.gov API.

Luke Fretwell By Luke Fretwell · October 26, 2022

Screenshot of members of U.S. House of Representatives.

Image: USA.GovFresh

(This post is part of an ongoing series documenting adventures in father-son civic hacking.)

README

In October, the Library of Congress published a Congress.gov application programming interface. Using this API, we created House of Representatives, Senate and member profiles pages on USA.GovFresh.

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Data used for this project:

Repo

Official repository:

Issues

Issues we submitted:

Kudos

Big kudos to the Library of Congress for:

  • Creating a public API.
  • Creating a public repository.
  • Openly and actively engaging with the public.

Demo

Legislative page:

Legislative page

House of Representative page:

House of Representative page

Senate page:

Senate page

Member profile page:

Member profile page

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Luke Fretwell is founder of GovFresh. He is the co-founder and CEO of ProudCity.

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This work by GovFresh is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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