Fantasy Congress is a spoof of fantasy sports. In Fantasy Congress, teams draft real U.S. legislators who earn points for introducing bills, speaking on the chamber floor, and a variety of other legislative actions. The game was developed by independent developer Allison Seboldt as a fun way to keep up with U.S. politics and educate people about government. Since it’s launch in 2018, over a thousand players have taken their shot at becoming a Fantasy Congress champion.
Allison is the creator and independent developer behind Fantasy Congress. A software engineer by trade, she built and runs Fantasy Congress entirely on her own.
Here's some of the feedback Fantasy Congress has received so far.
"This is the gov tech content I get excited about stumbling upon"
"You're awesome! I've spent maybe 2 minutes on the site, but it's worth a couple of cups of coffee in the laughs you just delivered!"
"I really enjoyed playing and I am thrilled you brought Fantasy Congress back."
"For years I searched for something like this: I love politics, and I love fantasy sports, so I was excited to find this."
"My interns absolutely love Fantasy Congress. They’re constantly comparing points and even the staffers are getting into it."
"Thanks for your hard work. My students had a wonderful time playing and learned a lot about what individual Congressmen do in Washington!"
"Thank you for this work! It's so much fun."
"I follow politics, and I’m competitive... great combo."
"I enjoy learning and discussing politics and this gives me an opportunity to learn more and see what they are involved in."
Allison Seboldt is an independent software engineer who runs Fantasy Congress full time. Based in Chicago, she is a self-taught developer and blogs about building Fantasy Congress here.
Full instructions on how to play and how points are calculated can be found on the How to Play page.
Allison launched the first version of Fantasy Congress in the summer of 2018. This version was based on the 2018 midterm elections. After the election, Fantasy Congress pivoted to focusing on a year round version of the game based on legislation. This was officially launched in February of 2020. Prior to 2018, a few politically based fantasy games have been launched on the internet. The domain “fantasycongress.com” has been in circulation since 2001. Unfortunately, most of these attempts have become defunct or disappeared altogether.
At this time, the web application is not free to use. Fantasy Congress is entirely self-funded and its only source of financial support comes from paying players. In spite of this, it felt important to provide some method for playing Fantasy Congress regardless of a player’s financial situation. Therefore instructions on how to play with data made publicly available on the website can be found here. Pricing is subject to change. See the latest options on the Get Started page.