If one thing should be clear to all of us, it's that technology has an increasing reach into every part of life. In turn, that means we need the people who make our laws to have an increasing understanding of how technology works.
That's one case for putting more computer programmers in the halls of Congress (and state legislatures, too). But there's another case: Learning how to code gives a person new ways to think and new frameworks for organizing and solving problems. That might be an even better reason to start electing coders to Congress.
Really, we need more STEM-educated people of all types in our lawmaking process. They don't even need to be the majority -- just a strong presence. Listen in the player below for a segment expanding on this idea: