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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links  

My Districts

California Voter Foundations, California Map Series, Political District Maps

Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder
This site allows you to enter your address to find federal Congressional, State Assembly and Senate, County, Supervisorial, Board of Equalization, City, and school district officials.

Use the following Web sites to locate information about cities, counties, and school boards

Cities and Counties

Los Angeles County Almanac
A unique online reference work focusing strictly on Los Angeles County, the City of Los Angeles and the county's many other communities.  The Almanac is packed with 2,000 pages of information culled from hundreds of public and private sources, most of which are referenced with hyperlinks.

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
Provides information about each of the county supervisors and information about the functions of the board. 

Los Angeles County Public Libraries
If you live in L. A. county, this is a good site to locate information about government officials. Click on the name of the library for your area and scroll down to view information about government officials.

Southern California Association of Governments : Cities, Counties & Subregions
Contains direct links to Southern California county and city Web site addresses

School Boards

California School Districts
Provides information about selected school districts and their board members.

The following Web sites will help you locate information about the California state governor, constitutional officers, and legislature (state assembly and state senate).
In order to locate information about a state assembly or state senate member you must first know the assembly or senate district where you live.

California State Assembly
Helps you locate your state assembly district and provides a Member Directory with information about California State Assembly members.

California State Elected Officials,  League of Women Voters of California
Unbiased, non-partisan information about state senate and state assembly members.  Provides contact information for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Controller, Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Board of Equalization.  Provides links to locate you state senator and state assembly member. 

California State Senate
Scroll down on the home page and click on the "Senators" link.  On the senators page click on the "Your Senator" link to find "Who's your Senator?"  This will assist you to find the State Senator for your district. This site also includes a map of senate districts and a roster of state senators.

California State Legislature - Contacts
Welcome to the California State Legislature web site, the gateway to California's Legislative web site.  Find Your Legislator; District Map Search; Legislator's websites and Contact Information (Assembly & Senate).

Elected Officials Salaries
Provides the salaries effective 12/4/2000 through 12/5/2005 for California elected officials including the Governor, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, etc.

Project Vote Smart
Provides facts on candidates and elected officials, tracks the performance of Congress, follows the status of legislation, examines voting records and texts of bills. Project Vote Smart is now collecting speeches ( for the entire Federal Executive Branch, as well.

Statewide Database
The Statewide Database (SWDB) is the redistricting database for the state of California. In 2001, these data were used for state legislative and local redistrictings following the 2000 Census as mandated by law. Data collection and processing for the redistricting are ongoing tasks conducted over a ten year period of time, starting with the collection of the census at the beginning of each decade. With each election between redistrictings, updated datasets are available as a free, public resource as soon they are processed. Currently the data are being prepared for the 2011 redistricting.

State and Local Government on the Net
The State and Local government Internet directory provides convenient one-stop access to the websites of thousands of state agencies and city and county governments.  Search for State government offices.  View all the websites in a given state (includes state offices and local governments).  Search the websites of state government constitutional officers, state legislatures, state judiciaries and departments across all states. 

Federal  (United States)   
Use the following Web sites to locate information about U.S. senators and U.S. House of Representatives

California Senators to the U.S. Senate

Barbara Boxer
        This is the online offices of California's U.S. senator Barbara Boxer, who is elected to serve the entire state at the Federal level.

        Dianne Feinstein
        this is the online offices of California's U.S. senator Dianne Feinstein,
who is elected to serve the entire state at the Federal level.

Links to three directories:

United States Senate
Provides links to an alphabetical listing of all U.S. Senators and a list of Senators by state.

Write Your Representative - (U.S. House of Representatives)
This site also allows you to enter your zip code to find your member of congress.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Brief information about the key local officials may be found in:

California county fact book
Call number: Ref HA261.C28x 2003

California roster
Call number: Ref JK8730.R67

California statistical abstract
Call number: Ref HA261.C3


State Senate
California has State Senators (40) each of whom is elected to serve a particular Senate DISTRICT. Before you can locate information about your State Senator you must know in what district you live. To find your State Senate district use the following books:

California roster
Call number: Ref JK8730.R67

State Assembly
California has State Assembly members (80) each of whom is elected to serve a particular Assembly DISTRICT. Before you can locate information about your State Assembly member you must know in which Assembly district you live. To find your Assembly district use the following books:

Los Angeles County almanac
Call number: Ref JS451.C29194

California roster
Call number: Ref JK8730.R67

Federal  (United States)
At the Federal level, California is represented by:

The U.S. House of Representatives member can also be called any of the following:

To find out who your congress person is you must know in which congressional district you live. The fastest way to do this is to check the front section of the white pages of your local telephone book or use the links provided above.

You can also use the following books to locate your congressional district:

Los Angeles County almanac
Call number: Ref JS451.C29194

California roster
Call number: Ref JK8730.R67

Additional information about federal representatives may be found in:

Congress & its members
Ref JK1021.C5543  2004

Congress A to Z
Ref JK1021.C554  2003

United States government manual  (issued annually)
Call number: Ref JK421.A3

Washington information directory (has helpful organization charts)
Ref JK6W33x  2008-09

To locate biographical information about U.S. Congressional representatives and U.S. Senators use:

Almanac of American politics
Call number: Ref JK1012.A44 2008

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Untied States. Congress--Biography

United States--Politics and government --Directories

Researched and evaluated by:
J. Coe, A. Enright, S. Wells, D. Yashar, Librarians 1/1998
last update: M. Carrillo, 8/2008

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