Read the list of representatives in the United States House of Representatives

Description

Read the list of representatives in the United States House of Representatives.

Usage

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readUShouse(url.="http://www.house.gov/representatives/",
   nonvoting=c('American Samoa', 'District of Columbia',
               'Guam', 'Northern Mariana Islands', 'Puerto Rico',
               'Virgin Islands'),
   fixNonStandard=subNonStandardNames, ...)

Arguments

url.

Universal resource locator to be read and processed to obtain the desired list

nonvoting

Character vector of the names of US territories that send a nonvoting delegate to the US House.

fixNonStandard

function to look for and repair nonstandard names such as names containing characters with accent marks that are sometimes mangled by different software. Use identity if this is not desired.

...

optional arguments passed to fixNonStandard

Details

1. House.gov <- readHTMLTable(url). As of April 2013, this is a list of 80 tables. The first 56 are for the 50 states and 6 territories. The remaining 24 are for the first letter of the last name of the representatives.

2. Use rbind to collapse these into 2 tables. The first has the district as a number without identifying the state (because that was with the names of the first 56 tables in House.gov). The second has the state names but with the district numbers in a form not easily parsed.

3. Obtain the state names from the second table to match the names of the representatives in the first.

4. Add a nonvoting column for those "States" in nonvoting.

5. Look for and fix surname and givenName with nonstandard characters using fixNonStandard.

Value

readUShouse returns a data.frame with the following columns:

State

A factor identifying the state or territory the person represents

state

2-letter US Postal Service abbreviation for the state or territory

district

the character vector identifying the district each person represents. This is either an integer in character format or 0 for "At Large".

Name

A character vector giving the name of each representative (in surname, given name format)

party

a factor identifying the party affiliation of each representative ("D" or "R").

Room

character vector identifying the room number of the office

Phone

character vector giving the phone number

Committees

a character vector giving the committee assignments of each representative

surname

character vector giving the surname of each representative

givenName

given name of each representative (possibly with middle name or initial, a nickname, and a suffix like "Jr.")

Author(s)

Spencer Graves

See Also

getURL readHTMLTable readUSsenate UShouse.senate parseName readUSstateAbbreviations subNonStandardNames readCookPVI

Examples

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if(!fda::CRAN()){
UShouse <- readUShouse()
}

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