The Senate

By: Mike Somers

Qualifications

must be at least 30 years old, must have been citizens of the United States for at least the past nine years, must be inhabitants of the states they seek to represent at the time of their election.

terms of office

Senators serve terms of six years each, approximately one-third of the seats are up for election every two years.

salary and benefits

The annual salary of each senator, as of 2013, is $174,000, senators receive retirement and health benefits that are identical to other federal employees.