Congress-the combined Senate and House of Representatives- meets in the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.The Senate...
- Is made up of 100 representatives, two per state, and that does not vary. They serve a 6 year term. There are various positions up for re-election every 2 years.
- Has to approve the people appointed for the Cabinet, Supreme Court judges, the secretaries of various agencies and military officers.
- Has to work with the House of Representatives when passing legislation
- Our 2 senators from Minnesota are Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. You can get in touch with them, and find out your district, here:
- Has members based on the population of each state. Some states have just 1 representative: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming. California, the most populous state, has the most at 53.
- Minnesota has 8 Representatives: Here are their names alphabetically with their districts:
- Keith Ellison (D) Website - Minnesota 5th
- Tom Emmer (R) Website - Minnesota 6th
- Jason Lewis (R) Website - Minnesota's 2nd
- Betty McCollum (D) Website - Minnesota 4th
- Rick Nolan (D) Website - Minnesota 8th
- Erik Paulsen (R) Website - Minnesota 3rd
- Collin Peterson (D) Website - Minnesota 7th
- Tim Walz (D) Website - Minnesota 1st
- To serve in the House, a person must be 25 years of age, a US citizen for 7 years, and must live in the state he/she represents.
- Representatives serve a two year term.
- In the House there are also delegates from American-held territories, including Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas, and a Commissioner from Puerto Rico.
- Any legislation that involves raising taxes starts in the House but must be approved by the Senate as well.
- The President has the power to pass or veto a bill ONLY when the House and Senate have voted and come to a 2/3 consensus; that is, if 2/3 of the votes were in favor of passing a law, the President can sign it into law. If 2/3 of the votes were to not pass it, then the President can finish it by veto and it will not become law.
More people, bigger space: House of Representatives. This is a State of the Union address by President Obama.