|Congress is made up of two houses -- the Senate, and
the House of Representatives. California, like all states, has two Senators, and
each senator serves a six-year term. Neither of California's U.S. Senate seats is
up for election in 2002.
California currently has 52 representives in the House of Representatives - more
than any other state. In fact, California gained one seat in the House this year
due to reapportionment and will elect 53 representatives in November.
Each member of the House represents about 640,000 people and is elected to a two-year
term. There are currently no term limits in effect for federal offices. U.S. Senators
and House members earn an annual salary of $150,000.
The California Voter Foundation has compiled information on each of the 53 House
races this year. Follow the links to find a list of the candidates running in each
district, their contact information, and links to candidates' web sites, which typically
feature campaign literature, endorsement lists, position papers, and information
about how to contribute or volunteer.
If you're not sure which congressional district you live in, you can check your Official
Sample Ballot or contact your county
election office. Your district may have changed following the recent redistricting
process undertaken by the legislature. To view the new district maps and for information
about redistricting, see CVF's district