Membership of the Senate

by: Allyson McCullough

Qualification~

-At least 30 years old

-citizen of U.S. for 9 years before election

-Legal residents of the state the represent

TERM OF OFFICE:

-6 year terms

Staggered elections: senate can't be replaced all at once

SALARY & BENEFITS

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Salary~ Senate and house set their own salary $174,000 a year

TWENTY SEVENTH AMENDMENT- prohibits a sitting congress from giving itself a pay raise


Benefits include: stationery, postage for official buisness(called a Franking privilege), a medical clinic, and a gymnasium. Large allowances to pay for their office staff and assistants, trips home, telephones, etc. Pension 50,000.

PRIVILEGES~

*Free from arrest "in all cases except treason, felony, and the breach of peace"


*Cannot be sued for anything they say on the House or Senate floor


*The senate and the house both may judge members' qualifications and decide whether to seat them. Each house may refuse to seat an elected member by majority vote.