Members of the US Congress

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Politicians and Presidents

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Members of the US Congress

Senate Members54 Republicans44 Democrats

House Members248 Republicans 193 Democrats

Members of the U.S. Congress

108 Women48 African-Americans38 Hispanics/Latinos14 Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders2 Native Americans

Travel is a huge portion of a congressmen's work time; they have to meet with people and committees all over the country.

What really is a Congressman's job?

To keep the government running!

- Each member has their own staff to help support their actions as congressmen- They have to represent their constituents' interests on the federal level- They write bills as the first step in creating laws

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Congressional Privileges

The maximum annual salary is $174,000

Despite many rumors, members have taxes taken out of their pay, too, and also have access to the Federal Employees Health Benefit program. The most infamous perk congressmen have is the freedom of arrest, “in all cases except treason, bribery or breach of peace”. Even more appealing, they have almost an unlimited amount of office space in Washington and their home states, and get to spend up to $40,000 each furnishing it!

Members of Congress are eligible for a pension at age 62 if they have completed at least five years of service. Members are eligible for a pension at age 50 if they have completed 20 years of service, or at any age after completing 25 years of service. The amount of the pension depends on years of service and the average of the highest three years of salary. By law, the starting amount of a Member’s retirement annuity may not exceed 80 percent of his or her final salary.

Retirement Policy

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