2 Formal Qualifications House of RepsAge: 25Citizenship: 7 yearsResidency: Live in State you RepresentSize: 435 membersTerm Length: 2 yearsSenateAge: 30Citizenship: 9 yearsResidency: Live in state you representSize: 100 membersTerm Length: 6 years
3 Leadership of Congress House: SpeakerSenate: President of SenateSenate: President Pro TemporeBoth: Majority and Minority LeadersBoth: Whips
4 Congressional Pay Average Members $174,000 Leadership Speaker: $223,500Majority/Minority Leader:$193,400
5 Congressional Elections House of RepresentativesSingle member districtsSenateStatewide elections17th Amendment allowed for popular voting for senators
6 Demographics Members under the age of 40 Over the age of 70 20Over the age of 7078Most common age group187 members
9 Backgrounds Education Most common degrees 95% of all members of congress have college degreesMost common degreesLawMBA27 Representatives and one senator have no degree beyond high school269 members served in state or territorial legislatures38 members have been mayorsSeven members were involved in music, film, or sportsBaseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Sen. Jim Bunning)National Football League quarterback (Rep. Heath Shuler).
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