Learning about Congress can be fun! Check out these fun facts and resources for kids.
For starters, check out this fun episode of Schoolhouse Rock!
Fun Facts About Congress
- The House is made up of 435 Members from around the nation. In addition to the 435 Members, there are also delegates from Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia.
- States elect House Representatives based on population. California sends the most Representatives to D.C. - 53!
- Alaska, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Delaware, and Vermont each send 1 Representative.
- All House Members are elected every two years and you must be at least 25 years old to be elected to the House.
- The Speaker is the leader of the House of Representatives and is addressed as "Mr. Speaker” or ‘Madam Speaker.”
- The Senate is made up of 100 Senators, two from each state.
- Senators are elected every six years and one-third of the Senate is up for re-election in any given election.
- You must be at least 30 years old to be elected to the Senate.
- The Vice President is the President of the Senate and is addressed as "Mr. President."
- The first woman to serve in the Senate was Rebecca Latimer Felton (D-Georgia) in 1922. Appointed to fill the unexpired term of a senator, she held the seat for just one day.
- The only First Lady to also serve as a Senator was Hillary Clinton (D-NY).
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