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The Congress Explorer is an open-source platform aimed at searching and exporting data about the Congress members.
The Congress Explorer leverages the Sunlight Labs API. It provides a rich user-interface to perform complex searches on legislators: by name, by title (Senator, Representative,...), by political party, by gender, by location (state, district), by contacts (Twitter, Bioguide, ...)
Search results can be exported as PDF documents and Excel worksheets.
The application is written in Java and built on-top of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP). Part of the project consists of a Java Porting of the Sunlight Labs API, independent from Eclipse and thus reusable by any Java application willing to access the Congress data.
This application was submitted by A. Bongio on March 29, 2009