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Frequently asked questions about the Senate with links to the answers.

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The Senate

How was the Senate formed?   Origins & Foundations

How does the U.S. Constitution guide the Senate?

Constitution of the United States
About the Senate and the U.S. Constitution

How does the Senate operate?

Rules & Procedures
Riddick's Senate Procedure (GPO-govInfo)
Standing Rules of the Senate (
Legislative Process
Enactment of a Law (
The Legislative Process on the Senate Floor: An Introduction (CRS) (PDF)

Why does the Senate provide "advice and consent" on treaties?

About Treaties
Legislation & Records: Treaties

What is the Senate's role in presidential nominations?

About Nominations
Legislation & Records: Nominations

Why is the Senate the "High Court of Impeachment"?

About Impeachment
Impeachment Reference Guide

What are some notable moments in Senate history?

Classic Senate Speeches
Firsts and Record Holders
Historical Highlights

What is life like in the Senate?

Oral History Project


How are senators elected? What are the qualifications to become a senator?

Constitutional Qualifications for Senators
Seventeenth Amendment

Who are the current U.S. senators?   Current Senators

How do I contact my senators?   Contacting U.S. Senators

What committees do my senators serve on?   Committee Membership List

What are the various leadership roles in the Senate?

Senate Leadership

Where can I find information about former U.S. senators?

Former Senators
Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
Featured Biographies

Where can I find pictures of former senators?

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
Graphic Art
Political Cartoons of Thomas Nast
Puck Cartoons (1876-1918)

Online Exhibits & Games

Photographic Exhibits
Senate Chamber Desks

Reference Tools

How to. . .
Statistics & Lists
Virtual Reference Desk