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What are the two branches of congress?
- house or representatives
By whom are representatives chosen?
by the people of the state they represent
What is the term of office for the house of reps?
Qualifications of members of the house of reps?
- 25 years of age
- 7 years a resident of the U.S
- live in the state they represent
Who is the chief officer of the house of representatives called?
Speaker of the house
Who is the current speaker of the house?
Who is the majority leader?
Who is the minority leader?
What is representation based on in the house of reps?
- population of state
- ****every state is guaranteed atleast 1 rep
How can the members of representatives change?
- Seats in the house are reaportioned every 10 years depending on population
- depends on census
Originally, how many people did you have to have to get one representative?
1 for every 30,000 people
Today how many people must you have to get one representative?
1 for every 80,000
What was originally the total number of representatives?
What is the total number of reps today?
What happens if a rep resigns from the house of reps?
A special election is held so that the people of the district can elect a new rep
Who elects the officiers of the house?
What special powers does the house have that no other branch may have?
- power of impeachment
- initiate all revenue (money) bills
- select a president if no electoral majority
Where do all the money bills start?
in the house of reps
What does impeachment mean?
to be charged or indicted, your not guilty until you go to court
Who are the three presidents who have been impeached?
- Andrew Johnson
- Richard Nixon
- Bill Clinton