posted on Feb, 6 2008 @ 10:00 PM
The US Congress is a bicameral body having two houses. These are the ‘House of Representatives’ or the ‘House of the People’ and ‘The
Senate’. Out of the two, the US House of Representatives receives representation in the house for members proportional to the population. The United
States Senate receives representation from two members of each state. The House is often considered to be the ‘lower house,’ with the Senate as
the ‘upper house’. The House of Representatives receives representation based on the population of the state. For e.g., the populous state of
California has as many as 53 representatives. The total number of Representatives of United States House of Representatives is fixed at 435. For the
Senate, membership is based on the equal representation of each state, regardless of population, for a total membership of 100.
In Federal elections, all members of the House of Representatives are elected for two-year terms together with one-third of the Senate for six-year
The characteristics of a representative standing for election are:
• Be at least 25 years old.
• Be a U.S. citizen for the past 7 years.
• Live in the state they represent
The House holds many jobs which are specific to it. This includes the formulation of laws that make people pay taxes. It also does the job of deciding
if a government official should be put on trial before the Senate if s/he commits a crime against the country. The Texas 22nd Congressional District
of the House of Representatives is conducting elections in 2008. The candidates who have given their candidature include known names like the
Republicans Dean Hrbacek
, Brian Klock, and Democrat Nick Lampson among others.