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Published — April 8, 2011 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

Hey Congressman! How many federal workers in your district?

Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., addresses an Americans for Prosperity "Cut Spending Now," rally on Capitol Hill in early April. Alex Brandon/The Associated Press

Introduction

When Republican Mike Pence stood in front of a crowd of conservative activists at the end of March, he left no question as to his views on a possible government shutdown.

“If liberals in the Senate would rather play political games and shut down the government instead of making a small down payment on fiscal discipline and reform,” he said to a crowd of mostly Tea Party activists, “ I say, ‘Shut it down!’”

Pence may want to rethink his stance. As a man who is widely believed to be planning a run for governor of Indiana, he risks alienating the almost 47,500 federal employees who work in his state — many of whom face unpaid leave if the government is shut down by squabbling politicians. Indiana ranks 23rd among states with the most federal employees, according to data provided to the Center for Public Integrity by the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents federal employees around the country.

At the same rally, Michelle Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite, brushed off the impact of a government shutdown, calling it instead a government “slowdown” because certain services—such as the issuing of Social Security checks—would continue. Bachmann’s district, the 6th congressional district of Minnesota, employs more than 4,200 federal workers, according to NTEU’s database.

Unsurprisingly, the congressional districts that are home to the most federal workers are Virginia’s 8th district, with almost 70,000 workers, followed closely by Maryland’s 5th and Virginia’s 11th—all suburbs of Washington, D.C. In fact, of the 13 congressional districts that house the most federal employees, all but two are in Virginia or Maryland. (The exceptions are the District of Columbia itself and the territory of Puerto Rico.)

The states with the highest number of federal employees are California, Virginia and Maryland.

Some notable districts:

  • House Speaker John Boehner’s 8th Ohio district has just over 5,400 federal workers, putting it squarely in the middle in terms of federal employment.
  • Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s 8th California district employs about 7,500 federal workers, 17th highest of California’s 53 districts.
  • President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois checks in at 9th on the list of states with the most federal employees. It is home to roughly 114,000 federal workers.
  • Senate Majority leader Harry Reid’s home state of Nevada has almost 27,000 federal employees, far less than that of Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. His state of Kentucky has almost 44,500 federal employees.

The data is based off 2009 Census data on federal worker numbers, and is broken down by Congressional district. You can download the database here.<<LINK WILL GO HERE>> Please note the data is missing Arizona, Arkansas, Rhode Island and Utah, along with protectorates and territories Guam, The American Virgin Islands, American Samoa and the Northern Marinas Islands.

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Trump needs to conduct these activities because the entire MSM media, excluding Fox, is campaigning against him 24/7/365.

Didn’t Monica’s boyfriend’s wife and various criminal enterprises outspend Trump by almost 2-1?

CapitalistRoader
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Why wouldn’t he get an early start on fund raising? Hillary outspent him two-to-one in 2016. The Dem’s are the party of big money. The President knows this and is attempting to get a jump on it. Of course the Dem candidate will outspend him in 2020 so it’s only rational that he starts fund raising now.

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George Young

Oh brother. We just 8 years of the Campaigner – in – Chief. Where was this journalistic rectal thermometer then. Just another article about 2000 words too long that merely takes another slap at Trump for something he far from initiated.

j stevenson
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j stevenson

The big difference between Trump and all the rest is his refusing to accept funds from lobbyists, so they don’t have the White House access they are used to. These are the donors who buy the presidency and are as pixxed off that he won the election as are the media and the Dems. Lobbyists have never been shut out of the WH and Trump has told them he is not for sale.

jan v
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jan v

all the lobbyists are running all our government agencies and all the career civil servants who know how to run the country have been fired. YOU think this is a good thing ? what a crock…

thomas alessi
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thomas alessi

I am for Trump

Martin Shellabarger
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J. Stevenson, what are you drinking? Trump has more lobbyists in his administration than probably any other president. Trump is totally “for sale”, and the corporations know it. Grow a brain!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Trump needs to be impeached and tossed in prison. Then have the key thrown away so he will never be free. Then he can see how it feels not to have freedom.

Mark Sullivan
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Mark Sullivan

Thank you for the usual insightful leftist low IQ Snowflake response.

barney
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hes not imprisoning them hes sending them back to their country chill tf out

SOUTH JERSEY
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SOUTH JERSEY

WHY DONT YOU HAVE FREEDOM?

Tom Larkin
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Tom Larkin

First, something positive. I was happy to learn of empirical information in article. BUT, the article was so slanted against President Trump as to be deemed fake news (“Perhaps Trump just lied.” (Two different issues)). The article mentions that President Trump raised over $67 million, but ended 2018 with $19 million. President Trump spent over $40 million 2016 and 2017. President Trump conducted 57 political rallies. The article notes the hats and T-shirts sold, but NEVER MENTIONS THE INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS during a mid-term election that lost the House and the number of political rallies in… Read more »

Ted Sirois
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Ted Sirois

At least Trump is getting donations from willing donors. Fresh from his first election, Obama used billions of our children’s tax dollars to save thousands of union jobs in the car industry and bailed out the banks and many Wall Street businesses. This secured his source of reelection funds for his reelection four years later.

South Jersey
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South Jersey

TRUMP 2020; IS AN AMAZINGLY SMART MAN! VERY ORIGINAL & CREATIVE. I AM HAPPY TO HAVE HIS AS POTUS.

SOUTH JERSEY
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THIS ARTICLE WAS OBVIOUSLY WRITTEN BY, A TRUMP-HATE-GROUP. THAT FEELS; IT IS NOT NORMAL TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH YOUR OWN BRAND NAME. WHEN, IF FACT, IT IS NORMAL! >>>>> THIS IS >>> FAKE NEWS!!! <<<< ie: A PACK-OF-LIES; SPUN INTO; DEFAMATION OF CHARACTER. FOR A SINISTER-AGENDA OF; FASCIST DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, COUP D'ETAT

David
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David

Are you on some kind of drugs? Writing in caps makes me think that you are grumpy old fart or a uneducated hillbilly.