Congress Blogs More Than You Think


The IBM Business for Government report on blogging is a very useful introduction to Web 2.0 and blogs for wary lawmakers, as Ellen notes below. I’m not sure when they made this report – I know I first read it a month or two ago – but if they were to update their list of members of Congress blogging they would see that congressional blogs are not only more widespread than they report, but are also growing quickly. I’ve been collecting information related to member Web sites and the type of content they post for some time now. Below the fold you’ll find a full-ish list of congressional blogs. It’s a lot longer than IBM and others have reported.

These blogs vary in quality from rarely updated and only press releases to a real online communications hub.

  1. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.)
  2. Rep. J. Gresham Barrett (R-S.C.)
  3. Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.)
  4. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)
  5. Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.)
  6. Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.)
  7. Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah)
  8. Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.)
  9. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)
  10. Rep. John Carter (R-Tex.)
  11. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Tex.)
  12. Rep. Bud Cramer (D-Ala.)
  13. Rep. John Culberson (R-Tex.)
  14. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
  15. Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.)
  16. Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.)
  17. Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.)
  18. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.)
  19. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
  20. Rep. Phil Gingery (R-Ga.)
  21. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  22. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
  23. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
  24. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.)
  25. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.)
  26. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.)
  27. Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.)
  28. Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.)
  29. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
  30. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.)
  31. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.)
  32. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
  33. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
  34. Rep. John Peterson (R-Penn.)
  35. Rep. George Radanovich (R-Calif.)
  36. Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.)
  37. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Ala.)
  38. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)
  39. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)
  40. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
  41. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Wash.)
  42. Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.)
  43. Rep. Jerry Weller (R-Ill.)

There are also some blogs from congressional party organizations and caucuses:

  1. Congressional Black Caucus (Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick)
  2. Democratic Senate Caucus
  3. Republican Conference
  4. Republican Senate Group
  5. Republican Study Group (Rep. Jeb Hensarling)