CongressPro app for iPhone and iPad
Introducing Congress in Your Pocket, Professional Edition, for the 115th Congress, First Session (2017).
With your subscription you will get updates over-the-air for changes in members, staff, and committee assignments through 2017. Note: app loads with last years Congress so you can see what we offer.
This application is intended for people who work in the media, government relations, political professionals, or activists who need to have the very latest updated information on Congress.
We update this app on an ongoing basis. If you do not require this level of detail, please consider Congress+, which has been featured by Apple several times.
CongressPro offers all of the vital information you need to work with, lobby, or cover Capitol Hill. Learn all about who represents you in Congress, contact them in Washington, follow their campaigns and challengers, follow their social networking pages, and see their YouTube videos. Share any link in the application via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Remember, they work on Capitol Hill but they represent you, your clients, your association, or your readers.
Our Congress apps have been featured 11 times by Apple as a New and Noteworthy application, a Staff Favorite, and in other ways including a special America the Beautiful section and its Campaign section. Currently, its being featured in the Education section.
• Macworld, "Indispensable"
• Washingtonian, "Top iPhone Apps for Washington"
• Oh, My, Gov! "#1 iPhone App for Government"
• Mashable, "Top 5 Best Apps for Political Junkies"
• AppCraver.com, “Editor’s Pick"
Member of Congresss first and last name; title or leadership position, state, senior/junior designation in the Senate and District number in the house, political party affiliation, district map, and biographical information.
Washington, DC office address, map, official website link, member contact form, and telephone number. We also include the members Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Medium links where available.
Capitol staff information
Names and email address links to top staff including: Chief of Staff, Legislative Director, Press Secretary or Communications Director, and the Scheduler.
Full committee and subcommittee assignments with applicable chair and ranking member designations, sponsored and cosponsored legislation. CongressPro also offers separate sections just for committees and subcommittees.
Incumbent campaign website and percent of the vote won in the most recent election, name of the top opponent and website, campaign news, and race ratings from Cook Political Report, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, and Sabatos Crystal Ball.
Voter registration information, Updates (the latest list from our servers), News, Campaign Finance, Legislation, Transparency, Ad Watch, our blog and Twitter page, and answers to frequently-asked questions. The ability to take notes inside the application on each member of Congress. Spotlight Search in iOS 9 and Quick Actions for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
PRESIDENT AND STATE APPLICATIONS
We now offer a version of this software President Obamas administration and for state legislatures in most of the largest states by population. Please search for "Cohen Research Group" in the App Store.
Pros and cons of CongressPro app for iPhone and iPad
CongressPro app good for
With some exception, like specific legislative assistant personnel names, Congress Pro offers quite useful information all at your finger tips. Looking for additional committee and subcommittee information. For the price it is an exceptional value.
CongressPro gives me the tools, information, and access to the men and women in the Capitol who can set things in motion. Who make things happen. This app has been created by, and is operated hands-on by, a flesh-and-blood person whose Beltway business background makes him uniquely qualified to compile and maintain these records. And he commands a team who provide assurance that records are accurate and updates are fresh throughout the year, and for whom its a labor of love.
I dont work Im politics, lobbying, or government. Im just a real person who finally feels empowered to make our people in Washington work for us. CongressPro makes it possible, and I would pay more for it if I could.
The new administration actively solicits our opinion, input, and participation.
This app lets you find what you need fast. You can quickly know what earmarks your reps sponsored, for example. Easy to use and intuitive layout. Loaded with info.
CongressPro for about 4 months now - and it truly is indispensable. I often click thru the members profiles to figure out who I need to be talking to on the Hill. Im not a lobbyist, but this app is great for fundraisers and activists alike.
Ive been using
I know many in the political arena are just now switching from RIM/Blackberry to iPhone; while the depth of Apps is not *quite* there yet for you to manage a campaign (or a war) from the iPhone, its getting close. Congress Pro is where you start. Its a full guide to The Hill: complete with staff contacts, committee assignments, and links to web archives for instant referencing of campaign financing or voting records. The amount of information here is simply staggering... you will use this on an hourly basis. This program is just point-blank outstanding.
Simply put, *anyone/everyone* in the political arena needs this App: from K-Street lobbyists to community organizers to the actual staffers and aides who work for our senators and representatives. It wouldnt surprise me if a few of the more tech-savvy legislators themselves have Congress Pro (maybe Mr. Obama, for all I know).
The true value of Congress Pro (vs Congress+) is in the updates. The legislative branch is an ever-shifting beast and knowing exact who is in what seat (and making sure you get the names of their staffers correct) is slightly important. Bottom line and brass tacks: this program is worth several times its asking price. Congrats on buying an iPhone. This is your next purchase.
I work for Congress and this app has quickly become my most useful app during the work day. Ive had it for several months now. The $29 version is definitely worth the price, as you will get constant updates as legislative staff change. You can view the Senate and House sides seperately and look through all the committees and subcommittes. Listings have been, in my experience, quite accurate. You get what you pay for with this app and Ive been very happy with my purchase.
Some bad moments
Especially disappointed that after spending $29 I was not able to determine how to send an email to other members of Congress in my State but not in my district!
As far as I can tell, the $30 version of this app doesnt have committee phone numbers, committee staffer info, or congressional support staff info. So, its way inferior to a printed congressional guide, and way inferior to bookmarking Congress.org. For $30, I expected better.
For $30 this app should be a virtual phone book that is updated constantly. It is the most expensive app Ive ever purchased. It is completely wrong on such basic information as Chief of Staff for many members, and there is absolutely no information committee staff and very little information about office staff. I really regret buying this app and recommend that no one else buy this at all.
This app is an absolute disgrace.
The site is not kept up to date as advertised. Subcommittee Members who were named months ago are listed as not yet available. I found the info with one Google search that did not cost me $29.95. The app also fails to list Committee and Subcommittee staffers, which it could easily do and for this outrageous price should do. Unless they upgrade this, save your money and go online.
The Bad: First of all, forcing a *new* customer to make a $.99 in-app purchase to get the info for the current, 113th Congress is absurd. If youre buying the app after Jan 3, 2013 of course you want the current Congress -- why would anyone want the 112th?? Also, some of the committee assignments are not entirely up-to-date. For $21 and a product aimed at government relations professionals, I would have expected accurate committee info. Found one or two broken links to committee pages, when following from a Rep of Sen. The district maps are the terrible nationalatlas.gov ones; a better option would have been to use outlines in the native mapping app or google maps. The "Jobs" feature under "More..." is great if youre looking for work in 2011; it hasnt been updated since then.
The Good: I like the link to Thomas. Staff information appears accurate. I like the Notes feature.
Wish list: Would be nice if all the members caucuses were listed alongside sponsored legislation and committees.
I have always loved these apps , however was very disappointed when I purchased congress pro that the inflation was updated to 2011.
I then had to purchase an upgrade for the app for the 113th congress in tip of that, and it appears I will have to buy each update .
That was not something inexperienced before, and I am hoping that those who purchased congress pro will be credited for this update. After all, we are in march and the 113th congress is well underway