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Mapping for Congress

Members of Congress need to understand pressing issues and effectively communicate information to the public. Many Senators and Representatives are using GIS to achieve these goals. Mapping key data helps them see how issues are affecting their constituents. Maps can show where need is the greatest and where resources should be allocated. A clear picture helps leaders make well-informed public policy decision and shows citizens how policies impact their neighborhoods.

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Creating a Stronger Democracy 

See how GIS is being used on Capitol Hill to create a stronger democracy

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How a Map Informs Policy

Hear Josh Johnson, Vice President at Washington Operations Logistics Specialties, Inc. discuss at the Esri Federal GIS Conference, how through his experience in congress for 19 years a map informs policy.

GIS: Integrating our Policies, Decision Makers, and Citizens

Hear Cathy Cahill, Legislative Fellow for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, present at the Esri Federal GIS Conference, potential ways legislators can pull in federal data and information into GIS to make better policy decisions.


Maps in Action—U.S. Senate

Senator James Risch
A map gallery presents issues of concern to Idahoans such as pollution, crime, and widlfires.

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Senator Martin Heinrich
A map tour focused on U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), bipartisan efforts to address catastrophic wildfire prevention and recovery needs along the states' neighboring border and across the country.

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Senator Ron Wyden
A Map tour highlighting Senator Wyden’s travels Memorial Day Week across Oregon visiting small and large Oregon-owned business, holding town halls, and honoring America’s fallen.

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Senator Ron Wyden
GIS is used to communicate and connect with constituents through this interactive map highlighting local breweries for National Beer Day.

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Senator Ron Wyden
Showing the number of Medicare beneficiaries suffering from chronic disease as part of the Wyden-Isakson-Paulsen-Welch Better Care, Lower Cost Act of 2014.

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Senator Sherrod Brown
In a recent press release on funding the Transportation Bill, Senator Brown’s Office highlighted the structurally deficient bridges by county in Ohio in this interactive map.

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Senator Sherrod Brown
Showing places where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs supports the senator's efforts to combat prescription drug abuse.

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Senator Pat Toomey
GIS is used to communicate with constituents about a "really cool" interactive map that highlights a cutting-edge second look at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Maps in Action—U.S. House of Representatives

Representative Mark Takano
A comparison of Title I funding for schools with high numbers of children from low-income households and the schools' academic performance index scores in California's 41st district.

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Representative Mark Takano
For a little fun, a map tour takes people to interesting places, like restaurants and museums, in Rep. Takano's district.

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Representative Mark Takano
To make a point about areas with insufficient access to public transit, this map shows where 23,000 households are more than a mile from bus stops or rail stations.

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See more examples of how mapping can be used to support public policy.

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