The Almanac of American Politics

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The Almanac of American Politics is a reference work published biennially by Columbia Books & Information Services It aims to provide a detailed look at the politics of the United States through an approach of profiling individual leaders and areas of the country.

The Almanac is broken down alphabetically by state, with each congressional district in each state profiled separately. The Almanac provides a large amount of information, including:

  • Demographic information on each district, including income, racial distribution, and other statistics.
  • Profiles of the Congressional Representative from each district as well as each state's Senators, including voting record on key votes, advocacy group ratings, etc.; profiles of governors are also included.
  • Individually written profiles of each district, commissioned for the Almanac.
  • In-depth profiles of every governor, Senator, and House member.
  • Analysis of the 2014 midterm elections for Senate, House and governor races, and how those results shape the public policy debates in Congress and the nation.
  • A breakdown of the votes cast for President in 2012 for all states and districts, including primaries.
  • Campaign finance data on spending by all Senate and House members in their most recent election, including all-new listings of the “outside money” spent in those contests.
  • Analysis of voter turnout in each state and congressional district for the 2012 presidential and 2014 mid-term elections.

More than 60 state and congressional district maps, the key votes cast by members of the House and Senate, interest group ratings, and more. Essential reference and contact information.

In addition, an overview look at each state is given, including prospects for the upcoming presidential election and demographic trends.

The 2014 and 2012 editions of the Almanac are both 1,838 pages long, and quite hefty, even in paperback. The Almanac was first published in 1972; subsequent editions have appeared biennially since 1973. The main editors were originally Michael Barone, now a writer at U.S. News and World Report; Grant Ujifusa; and Douglas Matthews. Matthews stopped contributing after the 1980 edition. Barone and Chuck McCutcheon authored the 2012 edition, and were joined by Sean Trende and Josh Kraushaar for the 2014 edition.


Richard E. Cohen was co-author of The Almanac of American Politics from 2001 through 2010. He has written about Congress for National Journal, Politico and Congressional Quarterly. He is the author of several books, including Washington at Work: Back Rooms and Clean Air, a case study of the 1990 Clean Air Act, and Rostenkowski: The Pursuit of Power and the End of the Old Politics. He recently co-authored The Partisan Divide, with former Reps. Tom Davis of Virginia and Martin Frost of Texas. In 1990 he won the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.

James A. Barnes is a senior writer for and consultant to CNN projecting the outcomes of presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races for its election night and primary night coverage. He was formerly the chief political correspondent for National Journal magazine and founder of the National Journal Insiders Poll. He is co-author of “Public Opinion among Political Elites: The Insiders Poll as a Research Toll” in The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics, 2013; and contributor to The State of American Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).

Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation’s leading independent and non-partisan authorities on American politics and U.S. elections. In 2010, Charlie was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” For the Spring semester of 2013, Charlie served as a Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Michael Barone (pundit) is Senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner and a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. He is a contributor to Fox News Channel and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics 1972-2016. He is also the author of Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan, The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again, and many other publications in the United States and several other countries. Mr. Barone received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in 2010, the Barbara Olsen Award from The American Spectator in 2006 and the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 1992.

[1][2] The 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 editions were authored by Barone and Richard E. Cohen, the congressional correspondent for the National Journal, and edited by Charles Mahtesian.[3][4][5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Barone, Michael; Chuck McCutcheon, Sean Trende, Josh Kraushaar (2013). The Almanac of American Politics 2014. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-10544-4.  Copyright National Journal.
  2. ^ Barone, Michael; Chuck McCutcheon (2011). The Almanac of American Politics 2012. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-03807-0. 
  3. ^ Barone, Michael; Grant Ujifusa (1999). The Almanac of American Politics 2000. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group. ISBN 0-89234-080-0. 
  4. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen; Grant Ujifusa (2001). The Almanac of American Politics 2002. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group. ISBN 0-89234-100-9. 
  5. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen (2003). The Almanac of American Politics 2004. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group. ISBN 0-89234-106-8. 
  6. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen (2005). The Almanac of American Politics 2006. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group. ISBN 0-89234-112-2. 
  7. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen (2007). The Almanac of American Politics 2008. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group and Atlantic Media Company. ISBN 978-0-89234-117-7. 
  8. ^ Barone, Michael; Richard E. Cohen (2009). The Almanac of American Politics 2010. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group. ISBN 978-0-89234-119-1. 

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