The dominant professions of U.S. Congress Members are public service/politics, business, and law, with few STEM professionals. Of the 535 U.S. Congress Members, less than 50 are STEM professionals, how many are truly concerned with the fate of STEM American Workers? For example, Chrissy Houlahan, Industrial Engineer (later became business executive) and PA-6 Representative, co-sponsored HR1044 Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. Should we consider running for office ourselves to best represent ourselves?
(Image from US 116th Congress sets new record for members with STEM backgrounds)
Running For Office Primer gives tips for running for political office – resources and tools for getting started, campaign funding, budgeting, canvassing, and staffing. Be sure to talk about why you are running – to save American jobs for Americans. Is separate insurance for libel, slander and bodily injury needed? Will you be running as a Democrat, Republican, or Independent? Will you be able to obtain local party support?
When running for U.S. Congress, Filing requirements for congressional candidates must be considered. Depending on your state, most likely will need to collect and file petition signatures or pay registration fees to get on the state ballot.
Obviously, for first time candidates, there is much research, learning, planning and time required. If you decide to run for U.S. Congress in 2022, now may be the time to start.