Member of Congress

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A Member of Congress (MC) is a person who has been appointed or elected and inducted into some official body called congress, typically to represent a particular constituency in a legislature. Member of Parliament (MP) is an equivalent term in other jurisdictions.

United States[edit]

The term Member of Congress is rarely used in the United States. This is because in the United States the word Congress is used as a descriptive term for the collective body of legislators, from both houses of its bicameral federal legislature, the Senate and the House of Representatives. For this reason, and in order to distinguish who is a member of which house, a member of the Senate is typically referred to as Senator (Senator ‘name’ from ‘state’), and a member of the House of Representatives is usually referred to as Congressman/Congresswoman (Congressman/Congresswoman ‘name’ from the ‘number’ district of ‘state’). Occasionally, Congressperson or Representative are used as well.

Members of Congress in both houses are elected by direct popular vote, Senators statewide and Representatives by Congressional district. Congressional districts are apportioned to the states, once every ten years, based on population figures from the most recent nation-wide census. Each of the 435 members of the House of Representatives is elected to serve a two-year term representing the people of her or his district. Each state, regardless of its size, has at least one congresswoman/congressman. Each of the 100 members of the Senate is elected to serve a six-year term representing the people of her or his state. Each state, regardless of its size, has two senators. Senatorial terms are staggered, so every two years approximately one-third of the Senate is up for election. Each staggered group of one-third of the senators is called a 'class'. No state has both its senators in the same class.[1]

History of United States Congress[edit]

The congress was created in Article One of the Constitution, where the founding fathers talked about the limitations and powers of the Congress. Some of the powers of the Congress are to regulate a navy and army, taxation, and to regulate commerce.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Members of the United States Congress". 2013-01-03. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Exploring the Constitution, Part 7: Congress is Created by Article I". Retrieved 2013-09-22. 

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