Once you’ve imported votes, the Legislators will pre-populate with all the information which means you don’t need to do anything for this post type to be created! WP Congress uses the Legislator ID to track the legislator. We recommend not changing anything in the Legislator post type as any changes will be overwritten when new information is synced down from ProPublica.

Questions about Legislators

Q: If a legislator moves legislative bodies, how does ProPublica track that?

A: ProPublica and WP Congress use the Legislator ID to track a legislator’s voting history, sort of like a social security number. Even if they change houses, states, last name, etc. they will still have the same Legislator ID. Unfortunately this means that if this does happen, we cannot track what votes were made when they were in one body vs. another.

Q: Can I change the information on a legislator’s post in WP?

A: Technically you can change the information. However, the next time the post is updated such as when you import new votes, ProPublica will revert the information back to whatever they have stored in their database. This is why we recommend not changing anything in the Legislator post type.