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U.S. Senate Candidates

Note to the Voter: Remember that you are the HR person choosing who is best qualified to be a US Senators. Check out the Candidate's educational background, their work history, and Community Service. If it is an Incumbent (in office now and trying to get reelected) check their voting record. Very important. Did they vote the way they promised they would on their platform? Did they vote with their party or against it? Which candidate is best qualified over all and lines up with your beliefs? That is who you should vote for..

About the Office: 

The United States Senate is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress; the other is the House of Representatives. Members of the Senate are called Senators. Each of the 50 states is given two Senate seats and each Senator shall have one Vote. Each Senator serves for a six-year term. There are no term limits for senators. Washington D.C. and territories, such as Puerto Rico and Guam, do not receive any delegates to the Senate.

"Clause 1: The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, chosen by the Legislature thereof, for six Years; and each Senator shall have one Vote.
Clause 2: Immediately after they shall be assembled in Consequence of the first Election, they shall be divided as equally as may be into three Classes. The Seats of the Senators of the first Class shall be vacated at the Expiration of the second Year, of the second Class at the Expiration of the fourth Year, and of the third Class at the Expiration of the sixth Year, so that one third may be chosen every second Year; and if Vacancies happen by Resignation, or otherwise, during the Recess of the Legislature of any State, the Executive thereof may make temporary Appointments until the next Meeting of the Legislature, which shall then fill such Vacancies.
Clause 3: No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.
Clause 4: The Vice President of the United States shall be President of the Senate, but shall have no Vote, unless they be equally divided.
Clause 5: The Senate shall chuse their other Officers, and also a President pro tempore, in the Absence of the Vice President, or when he shall exercise the Office of President of the United States.
Clause 6: The Senate shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments. When sitting for that Purpose, they shall be on Oath or Affirmation. When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside: And no Person shall be convicted without the Concurrence of two thirds of the Members present.
Clause 7: Judgment in Cases of Impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”

The U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 3


According to the U.S. Constitution, senators must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 30 years old

  • A U.S. citizen for at least nine years

  • A resident of the state he or she represents

Additionally, all 50 states maintain requirements related to running for election. These filing requirements vary and can include:

  • A filing fee

  • A petition with a minimum number of valid signatures


Constitutionally mandated officers

  • President of the Senate: The vice president of the United States is also the president of the Senate. While they cannot normally vote on Senate matters, they preside over the Senate and act as a tie-breaker. They also receive and announce the tally of the electoral college vote for president and vice president before the Senate.

  • President Pro Tempore: Fills in for the president of the Senate when they are absent. They are also the third in the line of succession for the presidency. In recent years the role has largely been given to popular senators from the majority party.

Political leaders

Senate Majority Leader 

  • Political leaders include the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader, as well as the Majority Whip and the Minority Whip.

Elected Senate officers

  • The Chaplain: The Senate Chaplain provides spiritual services and counseling to Senate members, family and staff.

  • Party Secretaries: Each party elects a party secretary to aid in communication of Senate business.

  • The Secretary of the Senate: The secretary of the Senate performs a wide range of administrative duties, from record keeping, to procurement and information technology.

  • The Sergeant at Arms: The Sergeant at Arms is the chief law enforcement officer of the Senate. They hold the jurisdiction to take senators to the Senate Chamber to form a quorum, enforce Senate rules, and even arrest the President of the United States if so ordered by the Senate. The Sergeant at Arms is in charge of maintaining security for the Senate Chamber, the Senate wing of the capital, and other Senate buildings. Finally, they keep the gavel used to start daily Senate business.

Committee Assignments: 

There are 20 main committees and 68 subcommittees in the U.S. Senate. There are also several joint committees with the U.S. House of Representative. In general, the committees have legislative jurisdiction, with specific topics dealt out to the subcommittees. The majority party chairs and receives the most seats on committees. However, senators are limited to the number of committees they may take part in. Legislation goes through committees before it reaches the full Senate for debate and approval

U.S. Senate

  • Committee on Aging (Special)

  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

  • Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

  • Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

  • Committee on Environment and Public Works

  • Committee on Ethics (Select)

  • Committee on Finance

  • Committee on Foreign Relations

  • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

  • Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

  • Committee on Indian Affairs

  • Committee on Intelligence (Select)

  • Committee on Rules and Administration

  • Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Committee on the Judiciary

  • Senate Committee on Appropriations

  • Senate Committee on Armed Services

  • Senate Committee on Budget

  • Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Joint Committees

  • Joint Committee on Printing

  • Joint Committee on Taxation

  • Joint Committee on the Library

  • Joint Economic Committee

  • Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction

  • Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans



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