Governors and State Legislatures

A ________ is an officeholder who represents the will of those who elected him or her and acts in constituents’ expressed interest.

  1. delegate
  2. trustee
  3. politico
  4. citizen

In a ________ legislature, members tend to have low salaries, shorter sessions, and few staff members to assist them with their legislative functions.

  1. professional
  2. citizen
  3. hybrid
  4. unicameral

Hint:

B

A(n) ________ veto allows the governor to cross out budget lines in the legislature-approved budget, while signing the remainder of the budget into law.

  1. amendatory
  2. line-item
  3. reduction
  4. Frankenstein

Which branch would you consider to be closest to the people? Why?

Hint:

The state legislature, particularly the state house, where members represent fewer people per district. Constituency service is part of the job of a state representative or senator, and house members’ need to be frequently reelected means they will have to pay attention to the electorate.