Cuyamaca College Political Actors in US Government and Politics Discussion

In US Government and Politics, there are political actors. Political actors can be individuals, groups of individuals, or institutions. For example, the Executive Branch can be considered a group. Actors within the group include the President, Vice President, and Secretary of a department (such as the Secretary of Agriculture).

Below is a non-exhaustive list of political actors, by group, in US Government and Politics.

  • Group 1: Executive Branch
    • Actors include: President, Vice President, Secretary of a department (i.e. Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, etc.)
  • Group 2: The Media
    • Actors include: Liberal media, Conservative media, neutral media
  • Group 3: US House of Representatives
    • Actors include: Speaker of the House, Majority Leader, Minority Leader, Minority Whip, Democratic Caucus Chair, Members of Congress
  • Group 4: US Senate
    • Actors include: Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, Committee Chairpersons, Committee Ranking Members, Senators
  • Group 5: US Judiciary
    • Actors include: Supreme Court justices, Circuit Court judges, or District Court judges
  • Group 6: State Governments
    • Actors include: Liberal governor or attorney general or state Supreme Court, Conservative governor or attorney general or State Supreme Court
  • Group 7: The Public
    • Actors include: residents, citizens, eligible voters, likely voters, voters, and constituents of elected officials
  • Group 8: Interest Groups (IG)
    • Actors include: agricultural IG, business IG, social justice IG, environmental IG, oil IG, gas IG, science IG, education IG, etc.

Assignment: Select 4 Groups

Choose 4 groups you are interested in and explain why. You should have at least 2 sentences for each group. The first sentence declares which group you chose. And the second sentence explains why. Therefore, your submission should be 8 or more sentences.

Of the 4 groups you selected, chose 1 group that you will represent.

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