Why Do We Have A House of Representatives and a Senate?

History has been a favorite subject of mine forever.

When I come across someone who does not understand some of the basics of our government and its organization, I realize that the majority of our citizenship does not know some of the things that I have know forever.

Well, maybe not forever, but at least since 5th grade.

We get to elect a member to Congress that is based on representing the majority of voters in his/her congressional district.  We have 435 members of the House of Representatives and their primary responsibility is to look out for our interests in the district in which we live.

I live in Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District.

Each state is assigned a number of Districts based on population.  The concept is each of the 435 districts has an equal number of residents (which isn’t really possible anymore).  Our Representative, also called our Congressman, is your voice in Washington.

There are also 100 Senators, 2 from each state.  The original role of the Senator was to represent each state government’s interests at the Federal level.

We, the people did not vote for Senators until the adoption of the 17th Amendment 100 years ago.  It was our State Legislators that selected Senators.

Why does any of this matter?

Because I believe the more we know about the role and responsibility of those in government, the better we can hold them accountable for the positions of power they hold.


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