Terms Glossary

Good Party's Terms Glossary is a list of definitions of words from the political and elections world. These terms are from an independent's perspective with an eye toward reform. If you have a suggestion for a new definition, send it to ask@goodparty.org.

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives is a legislative body in the United States government that is responsible for representing the interests of the people. It is made up of 435 members, who are elected to two-year terms from districts within each state.

The House of Representatives is considered to be the "people's house" because it is more closely tied to the general public than the Senate, which is made up of two senators from each state regardless of population. This means that the House is supposed to be more responsive to the needs and concerns of ordinary Americans.

However, the House of Representatives has been criticized for being too partisan and for failing to adequately represent the diversity of the American people. Many people feel that the two major political parties have a stranglehold on the system, which makes it difficult for independent and third party candidates to get elected.

There have been calls for reforms that would make the House of Representatives more representative and inclusive. This could include measures such as ranked choice voting, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, or the use of multi-member districts, which would allow for the representation of a wider range of viewpoints.

The House of Representatives needs to be more open and responsive to the needs and concerns of all Americans. By breaking free from the constraints of the two major parties and allowing for more competition and diversity, we can create a more representative and effective legislative body that works for everyone.