United States Senate

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United States Senate
Current Majority Leader Harry Reid
Current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Current Senate President Dick Cheney
Current Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Byrd

The United States Senate, often called the U.S. Senate or simply the Senate, is a deliberative legislative chamber of 100 senators, two from each state, elected in statewide elections for six-year terms by popular vote. Named after the ancient Roman Senate, the U.S. Senate is the upper house of the Congress, smaller than the U.S. House of Representatives, which has 435 members. Together, they compose the legislative branch of the United States government. The Senate chamber is located in the north wing of the U. S. Capitol building, in Washington, D.C.



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Current Session

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Current Senate Members


Fun Facts!

  • Flowers are not permitted in the Senate chamber, except on the desk of a deceased sitting Senator on the day of his eulogy.

Related Articles

External Links

  • Senate homepage
  • Congressional Record
  • Text of the Constitution of the United States
  • Dr. Keith Poole's optimal classification liberal/conservative ranking of the 108th Senate
  • Riddick's Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practice
  • Chart of U.S. Senate seat holders by state, 1978-present, color-coded by party
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