Thomas John Allingham


As a member of the House of Representatives, as well as
the Democratic party, there are a few things that I would
like to illustrate on the subject of my work. I am Thomas
John Allingham the 3rd, and am the House minority whip. I
am a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party, and I am
very interested in educating you on why the Democratic
party's views should be supported by the general public.
First, however, let me tell you more about myself. As I
stated before, I am the House minority whip (of the
Democratic party). This position is extremely important, in
that it is my job to rally votes for the Democratic party,
and to encourage the defeat of bills that do not follow my
party's standards. Also, being a member of the House of
Representatives, I am representing my state (New Jersey)
and its people in Congress. I am working, unlike the
Senate, with a group of over 400 men, all with differing
viewpoints and agendas. So you can imagine that things can
get a little hairy at times. I am not originally from NJ,
as I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I moved to New
Jersey when I was young, and gradually grew to understand
it's politics and ideas. Throughout high school and
college, I kept in contact with Congressmen of NJ at the
time, and soon gained political friends in our Government.
When I graduated from Law School, I decided that I would
not enter the field of politics, and instead work as a
lawyer. My 10 years of practicing law have been
extraordinarily beneficial to my work as a Congressman.
After ten years of practicing law, I decided to run for the
House of Representatives. My choice was influenced not only
by my love for my government, but also by my personal ideas
and opinions on how our government should be run. I felt I
could really make a difference, and still do feel that I am
and will continue to make a difference in our government.
 Being a first year (rookie) Representative, I had to learn
quite quickly that my position was not all glitz and
glamour. Countless hours of tiresome toiling at telephones,
teleconferences, and TWA flights can really give you some
gray hair. But, hey, gray hair only makes you look more
like a suave, sophisticated senior Representative. I
learned that it isn't always easy to truly represent and
support your constituents' views, your views, and also your
political party's views all at the same time. There has to
be some give somewhere, and unfortunately for me, that
giving is usually done at the expense of my viewpoint. This
can lead to some large headaches. Luckily, however, I own
stock in Ibuprofrin, so even by getting headaches, I make
money. Being a representative of the state of New Jersey,
I don't represent the entire state. The state is divided
into districts, which is actually what the Representatives
represent. I represent District 4, which includes mostly
middle working-class people, who don't make a great bundle
of money. This means that I want to limit taxes, raise
minimum wage laws, and increase funding for public
programs, being that these are what my constituents want me
to do. I promised, before I was elected, to follow not
only my best judgment, but also the needs of the people,
and give the people what they want. In fact, that was my
slogan - "Allingham - gives the people what they want!"
Pretty catchy, isn't it? Anyway, in this first year, I
found that it is harder than it looks to just give the
people what they want. Legislature has to be debated,
amended, rewritten, passed, failed, etc., before it finally
gets into the form it needs to be into in order for it to
become a law. Throughout this process, compromises are
made, people aren't totally ecstatic, but are content, and
a bill is made. When the House of Representatives is
called together to debate a bill, we are divided into
committees; bills that belong to corresponding committees
are sent to them to be debated upon. This legislature is
then voted on by the committee. If passed, it moves to the
full House meeting, where it is debated and voted upon
again. If it is passes again, It is brought to the
attention of the Senate, who also debate it. If it is
passed, it is finally voted upon by the entire
Congressional body. If passed again, it is sent to the
President for his John Hancock. Unfortunately, it doesn't
always work that smoothly. Most of the time the poor bill
is sent through amendments, vetoes, and a myriad of other
legislative obstacles before it is finally made into a law.
 Now, before you get the idea that being a Representative
seems like the most boring job, filled with hard work and
drudgery, I want you to take into consideration the
benefits given to us. For instance, we get free healthcare,
with a physician on call all the time. We get two offices,
one in Washington, and one in our state, with free
transportation between them. We get free postage just by
signing our names to the envelopes. We get tax breaks,
lunch breaks, and coffee breaks, as well as free use of a
health spa, and free printing. We also have a staff of well
trained individuals to help us out. We have people who
research bills for us, people who run errands, someone to
look over everyone as well as secretaries to type up our
documents. We even have people to write our speeches. All
these are paid for by the U.S. of A. As you can see, being
a Representative in Congress isn't all that bad. It has
major benefits and lots of little perks, but the main
benefit in it for me is the feeling that I've done
something to benefit the country. That is the greatest
feeling of all. I plan to run for re-election as well, so
when you see the name "Thomas John Allingham the 3rd",
remember that I'm the one that gives the people what they
want. Just write me and I'll listen, have a rally and I'll
hear, speak your mind and I will follow your ideas, your
views of what our government should be. For it is my
belief, and I hope yours, too, that the government is run
BY the people, as well as FOR the people. 


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