Know Your Legislators
Who Represents Me?
Who’s My Legislator provides information about current districts and members of the Virginia Senate, Virginia House of Delegates, the Virginia delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
What Are They Doing?
The Virginia General Assembly Website provides information about bills, committees, and voting records for Virginia State legislators.
Govtrack.us helps everyone learn about and track the activities of the United States Congress including bill and resolution tracking, voting records, and committee assignments.
VoteSmart.org provides free, factual, and unbiased information on candidates and elected officials including their voting records and positions on issues, speeches, and who they are receiving funding from.
Check Their Claims and Facts
FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
Politifact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact checks claims by elected officials, candidates, leaders of political parties and political activists. They examine officials at all levels of government, from county commissioners to U.S. senators, from city council members to the president.
Snopes is an independent publication owned by Snopes Media Group and got its start in 1994, investigating urban legends, hoaxes, and folklore. Founder David Mikkelson, later joined by his wife, was publishing online before most people were connected to the internet. As demand for reliable fact checks grew, so did Snopes. Now it’s the oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers as an invaluable research companion.