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The Legislative Branch 1
1.What are the terms for a senator in the U.S. Senate and the terms for a representative in
the U.S. House of Representatives?
The U.S. Congress is made up of 100 Senators and 435 Representatives. While the
Representatives are commonly referred to as "Congressman", all 535 members of
Congress are technically Congressmen and women.
The term of a Representative is 2 years. A Senator serves for 6 years. There is no limit to
the number of terms a Representative or Senator may serve.
2. Why does the Senate have a less formal atmosphere than the House?
The Senate has fewer rules and a less formal atmosphere because it is smaller than the
House. This allows members more freedom to express their ideas. The House with 435
members needs more rules or it would be difficult to get things accomplished.