House of Represenatives

Everything you need to know



  1. Must be a U.S. Citizen
  2. Must be 25 years or older


  1. Free from most arrest
  2. Cannot be sued for anything they say on the floor

Leadership Positions

House Speaker

  1. Most powerful
  2. Appoints members to certain committees
  3. Follows Vice President in line of supremacy

Majority/Minority Leader

  1. Plan legislative program
  2. Steer through important bills
  3. Floor leader of his/her political party

Majority/Minority Whips

  1. Watch how house members vote
  2. Persuade other to vote how they want

Other Information

  1. People in the house serve two year terms. They can run for re-election every vote. 90% are re-elected every year. If someone dies in office, the state must hold a special election to replace him/her.
  2. There are 435 members in the House of Representative