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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
Facts & Milestones
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
Senate Trivia Questions

Reference Tools

How to. . .
Statistics & Lists
Virtual Reference Desk