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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 & Development

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

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

How does the Senate operate?

Rules & Procedures
Riddick's Senate Procedure (GPO)
Standing Rules of the Senate
Legislative Process
Enactment of a Law
Legislative Process
One Way a Bill becomes a Law

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

Treaties: Historical Overview
Treaties: Reference Guide

What is the Senate's role in presidential nominations?

Nominations: Historical Overview
Nominations: Reference Guide

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

Impeachment: Historical Overview & Cases
Impeachment Reference Guide

What are some notable moments in Senate history?

Chronology
Classic Senate Speeches
Facts & Milestones
Historical Minutes

What is life like in the Senate?

Isaac Bassett: Life in the Senate
Oral History Project
Traditions

Senators

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

Constitutional Qualifications for Senators
Direct Election of Senators

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

How do I contact my senators?   Contacting Senators Guide

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?

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress
Featured Biographies
Isaac Bassett's recollection of notable senators

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)
Paintings
Sculpture

Online Exhibits & Games

Henry Clay in the U.S. Senate: Rediscovering an Historic Painting
Isaac Bassett: A Senate Memoir
Photographic Exhibits
Russell Senate Office Building: 1909-2009
Senate Chamber Desks
Senate Trivia Questions

Reference Tools

Glossary
How to. . .
Statistics & Lists
Virtual Reference Desk