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What is the Congress Person’s Job?

What, in real life, is the job of a Congress person?  This is not a trick question, or a joke. Sure, the Constitution placed the description of the Legislature up front, in Article I, thus indicating the Founding Fathers placed more importance on the legislature than on the executive, which came in second, or the Courts, which came in third: "Article I. Section 1. All legislative Powers herein granted shall be invested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives" and immediately next, Section 2 sets up the House of Representatives, with representatives chosen individually by the electorate. Nowadays we hear candidates talking about "representing" their District, and opponents seeking to unseat a sitting Congressperson complaining that he or she "does not represent their District." So, is that the job description? To "represent" the several thousand people residing in the District, and that's it, no more, no less?