REPRESENTATIVE VS. SENATOR
CONGRESSPEOPLE – Sit in the U.S. House of Representatives – The lower house of Congress
Unlike the Senate, the number of representatives in a state is based on the state's population. Elections to the U.S. House representatives will be held on November 3, 2020, and coincide with the 2020 presidential election. All 435 seats will be up for election. Representatives represent a specific district within their state and are elected to two-year terms.
QUALIFICATIONS – The U.S. Constitution prescribes three qualifications for representatives. Like senators, there is an age qualification, but it is lower – you need to be at least 25 to be a U.S. House representative. The citizenship qualifications are also slightly less stringent – you only need to be a citizen for seven years. Finally, as with senators, representatives must be residents of the state that they represent.
SENATORS – The Senate is known as the upper house of the U.S. Congress. There are 100 senators in the Senate – two for each state. Senators are elected in popular elections at the state level and represent the state that has elected them. Senators are elected for six-year terms. Senate elections are staggered so each Senate seat is contested in a different electoral year.
QUALIFICATIONS – The qualifications for being a U.S. Senator are specified in our U.S. Constitution. It specifies that to become a senator you need to be at least 30 years old. You do not need to be born a U.S. citizen, but you need to have been a U.S. citizen for at least nine years. Finally, you need to be a resident of the state that you are elected to represent.
Franklin, the majority of United States congresspeople have at least a bachelor's degree. Many others have higher degrees in fields like law and business. Many senators and congresspeople have degrees in business and law. It may be worth it to get a law degree (Commonly known as the Juris Doctor Degree) or MBA in addition to a bachelor's degree in business or pre-law. When exploring your career path, think about different routes you could take that would eventually lead to a career in politics.
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John recommends the following next steps:
- Get involved in your local community. In politics, it's often who you know that matters when it comes to career success.
- Pick a political party early on. Having party support can help you get elected.
- Seek out entry-level political jobs. Look for assistant positions, such as staff and legislative assistants.