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1

how old do you have to be fore the senate

30

2

living requirement for the senate

citizen of the US for at least 9 years
live in the state in which they are elected

3

what race, gender, and age is the average person in senate and house

white male in his late 50's

4

average house age

56

5

average senate age

62

6

how many women were in the last house

71

7

how many women were in the last senate

17

8

how many african americans were in the last house

42

9

how many african americans were in the last senate

1

10

how many hispanics were in the last house

2

11

how many hispanics were in the last senate

2

12

what percent of people in congress are protestants

50%

13

what the most common profession in congress

lawyer

14

what percent of people in the house are lawyers

33%

15

what percent of people in the senate are lawyers

50%

16

are there a lot of millionaires in congress

some but not as many as people think

17

do the people in the house and senate have government experience

yes

18

what are the 5 major roles of members of congress

be legislators (make laws)
represent of their constituents (people that voted for you)
committee members
servants to their constituents
politicians

19

delegates

a person in congress who is a delegate worried about what people back home think about an issue and will vote that way

20

trustees

they follow their own beliefs and worry less about what their constituents think

21

partisans

do what is best for their party

22

politicos

try to balance all factors to come up with the best decision

23

what happens when bills are proposed in congress

they get sent to a committee so they can be studied
the committee decides if the bill will be sent to floor consideration (to be considered upon by the full membership of the house or senate)
committees also have an oversight function

24

how much do sneators and representatives make

$174,000

25

how much does the speaker of the house make

223,500

26

how much do leaders of the senate make

193,400

27

benefits given to people in congress

get a travel allowance to travel back home a few times a year
franking

28

who is the leader in the house

the speaker of the house

29

who is seen as the most important person in congress

speaker of the house

30

how is the speaker of the house selected

elected among the party in the majority house