This question can get a bit complicated. Lets take an extreme examples: A congressman represents a district of which 80% are welfare recipients. A bill comes up which would increase welfare benefits 20%. If he considers his constitutes - he votes for the bill If he considers the entire country - he votes against the bill A Senator represents a State or Commonwealth with little industry. A bill comes up to give a tax advantage to a new business. If he considers the will of the people who want to maintain their run-of-the-mill life - he votes against the bill If he considers the potential of new jobs for thousands, he votes for the bill. Of course there is all kinds of compromise - in fact I would be interested in how often Ron Paul has compromised on bills? For example, supposes Ron Paul needs Ten Million dollars for disaster relief - another congressman says he will vote for the bill, if Paul will vote $50,000 for a new youth center in South Dakota. Should Paul agree? Other examples?