Washington D.C. United States of America
Congressional Leadership Positions
- Vice President presides as president of the Senate.
- President Pro Tempore - presides when VP is not available.
- Majority Leader - steers the party's bills through Senate.
- Minority Leader - Keeps Senators in minority party working together.
- Whips - assistant to majority and minority leaders.
Congressional Qualifications and Benefits
- Must be 30+ years old to be a member
- Must have been a U.S. citizen for 9+ years
- Salaries are adjusted to meet the cost of living
- Some benefits include stationary, postage, gym, tax deductions (for home state and D.C.), and a $150,000/year pension for life (once they retire).
- Privileges as a senator include Protection from arrest (with a few exceptions), can't be sued for things said on the floor, refusal to seat a member with majority vote, and the ability to punish own members for disorderly behavior.