NOW THAT GEORGE HERBERT HAD EMBARKED UPON A POLITICAL career, it was natural for him to follow in the footsteps of other members of his family and serve in Parliament. His grandfather, his father and his elder brother had all represented Montgomeryshire in the House of Commons, and interlocking members of the clan had served from other parts of Wales.
In theory, a member of the gentry was sent from each Welsh county and a local burgess from the chief county town, but in practice the gentry had been moving into both positions. It was common for the head of a prominent local family to represent the shire while one of his sons represented the town; and it would have caused little surprise in Montgomery on a winter's day early in 1624 when the votes were counted and it was found that George Herbert had been elected to represent the town in the next Parliament.
There was intense competition for seats in this election of 1624, since King James had attempted to interfere with the voting on an earlier occasion and the gentlemen of the shires were determined to have no more of such practices. They were taking their political responsibilities with increasing seriousness, and it was a sober and conscientious group of men-no age "afforded a better pack" -- who met in Westminster early in February.
George Herbert was a newcomer in Parliament but he could not have felt himself a stranger. His grandfather had served there before Queen Elizabeth came to the throne and the members of his family ever since. Moreover, he had many friends there, and some of them had been serving in the House of Commons for a long time. It was the fourth Parliament for his stepfather,