State Representative

Write and pass legislation in your state's House of Representatives.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $84,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do State Representatives do?

State Representatives are part of the legislative branch of government along with State Senators. They’re elected for two-year terms by voters in their city or county to represent them in a state’s House of Representatives.

You see, more than a series of decorative shapes on a map, the 50 states are a lot like the apartments in an apartment building: Because they’re all part of a single building, they have shared interests, property, and costs. And yet, each is its own individual unit with its own tenants who have their own space and their own expenses. Although the states are united as part of the same republic, therefore, each also has its own residents and rules — and its own government, too.

As a State Representative, you’re part of that government, which, like the federal government, has three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. Once you’re elected State Representative, your primary duties are to create and vote on bills that make new laws or modify and update old ones. To do that, you typically serve on committees that legislatively address issues such as education, taxes, transportation, commerce, infrastructure, and health care, just to name a few.

When you’re not making laws, you’re meeting with Lobbyists and special interest groups that want you to advocate on their behalf. You also raise money for your political party, campaign for election or reelection, and serve as a Spokesperson in your community, giving speeches, attending ribbon-cutting ceremonies, etc.

You’re an employee of the people, and your job in a nutshell is to make life in your state better for those who live there.

Should I be a State Representative?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

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