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About the Job

Develop, introduce or enact laws and statutes at the local, tribal, State, or Federal level. Includes only workers in elected positions.

It is also Called

  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative
  • Tribal Delegate
  • Tribal Council Member
  • Senator
  • Selectman
  • Representative
  • Member of Congress
  • Legislator
  • Delegate
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What They Do

  • Speak to students to encourage and support the development of future political leaders.
  • Represent their government at local, national, and international meetings and conferences.
  • Promote the industries and products of their electoral districts.
  • Oversee expense allowances, ensuring that accounts are balanced at the end of each fiscal year.
  • Organize and maintain campaign organizations and fundraisers, in order to raise money for election or re-election.
  • Evaluate the structure, efficiency, activities, and performance of government agencies.
  • Establish personal offices in local districts or states, and manage office staff.
  • Encourage and support party candidates for political office.
  • Determine campaign strategies for media advertising, positions on issues, and public appearances.
  • Conduct head counts to help predict the outcome of upcoming votes.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ES.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Recognition in their jobs.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $53,120 with most people making between $16,900 and $98,800


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,240 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,110 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 50 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation

Pennsylvania Department of Education