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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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435

R: 211 Seats (49%)

D: 221 Seats (51%)

Page Last Updated January 17, 2021

Description

  • Lower House of the Congress.
  • 435 elected members; divided among the 50 states in proportion to their total population; in addition, there are 6 non-voting members, representing the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 4 other territories.
  • Part of the Legislative Branch.
  • Representatives serve 2-year terms (no term limit).
  • The entirety of the House of Representatives is elected every 2 years.

Powers

  • Make laws.
  • Investigate.
  • Declare war.​
  • Appropriate funds/raise taxes

Unique Powers

  • All spending bills must originate in the House.
  • Impeach federal officials.
  • Decide presidential election's in the event of a tie in the Electoral College.

Positions

  • Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi (Democrat).
  • Majority leader - Steny Hoyer (Democrat).
  • Majority whip - Jim Clyburn (Democrat).
  • Minority leader - Kevin McCarthy (Republican).
  • Minority whip - Steve Scalise (Republican).

Qualifications

  • Reside in the State they represent (not necessarily the district).
  • At least 25 years old.
  • U.S. citizen for at least 7 years.

 

 

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