1929 Our Future
Wait a minute. We want to be taxed by people who know us, who look like us, who understand the concerns of their constituents they represent. The people they represent can’t be too large a group.
From the first census in 1790 to 1929 the number of representative seats in congress fluctuated as the population of the US changed, generally rising. Seats were added to reflect growth of the states and keep the number of people they represented to a reasonable amount.
In 1929 the number of representatives had risen to 435 and many in congress cried enough. The House can’t get any larger.They said, ‘It’s about efficiency.’ They didn’t want to pay for more office space, to pay for more Congress people and more clerks. They believed the House couldn’t be a deliberative body if it grew any larger. So, congress froze the number of house sets at 435, where it remains to this day.
In 1927 each House member represented about 187,000 citizens. Today each House member represents about 800,000 citizens. (This figure is based on the 2020 census.) Now the number is higher. Each state gets at least 1 representative and two senators. The remaining 385 representatives are apportioned using a formula that tries to make things equal. Yep, that’s the formula up top. If you want to know more past this link into your browser:
Go down to ‘How apportionment is calculated and have a blast.
This is post 2 of a series.