Id Rather Be a Senator Than a Member of the House of Representatives

1166 WordsMay 19, 20135 Pages
'Id rather be a senator than a member of the house of representatives' Both houses need each other in order to function as they are both part of the legislative branch of government however there are many arguments to suggest that senate is more prestigious that the house of representatives. American citizens see a lot more pride in their senator as they represent the entire state not just a small region within it. For example Representative Joe Baca represents a single congressional region in California whereas Jerry Brown represents the entire state. The senator has a greater reputation for representing the views of the state over what the party tells them or their own personal views which make the individuals within the state feel…show more content…
The second power of the house is the power to impeach a member of the executive or judiciary if they feel they are not behaving correctly, this has happened 17 times since 1789, in 1980 they impeached 3 judges and in 1999 President Clinton. The final exclusive responsibility of the house is that if the Electoral College produced a deadlock the house would have to choose the president, this has only happened twice, in 1800 and 1924. These responsibilities of the house are all of great importance for the American political system to function and could and have been fundamentally responsible for the leader of the country. On the other hand the responsibilities of being a senator could be more attractive as there is a greater platform to launch a presidential campaign than from the House of Representatives. Presidents such as Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Barak Obama were all members on the senate before starting their campaign. In 2008 Obama himself and 5 of his competitors all had seats in the senate and 2 former senators were also running for president in 2008: John Edwards and Fred Thompson. The case is similar for those in the recruitment

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