Constitution of the United States
The Legislative Branch
Qualifications/Expectations of a Congressman or Senate.
- He/She must be 25 years of age.
- Has been a citizen of the United States for at least seven years.
- Currently lives or inhabits the state you wish to represent.
There are no formal required duties assigned to a member of the House, so they are free to choose their duties as they see fit. Their job, however, is to represent his constituents, or members of the voting community.
In Article I; Section III, of the U.S. Constitution, there are three qualifications to be a member of the Senate, however there are far more restrictions than a Congressman's expectations.
- He/She must be 30 years of age.
- Has been a citizen of the United States for at least nine years.
- They do not have to live or inhabit the state they currently wish to represent.
The Senate is an elite body in order to produce a further check on the powers of the House of Representatives. Their job is to ensure the equality with power among the different bodies of representatives.
The Meeting Times of Congress
Powers Granted to a Congressman/Senate
However, they cannot pass laws that allow them to have personal gain. This clause also prevents the President from promising them jobs in other branches of the federal government.