United States Senate


The upper chamber of the United States Congress, which along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprise the legislature of the United States.

More About United States Senate

  • 100 voting seats
  • ~1/3 are up for election/re-election every 2 years
  • State governors get to appoint a replacement if a senator drops out mid-term
  • The political party that has a majority of seats gets control of:
    • Majority vote on committees
    • Control of the agenda
    • Control of subpoenas
    • Control of hearings
    • Control of document requests, etc
    • All this control ultimately gives the majority party control of policy