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Presiding Officers

Presiding Officers

Speaker of the HouseThe Speaker of the house represents constituents, votes on key legislations, conducts town halls and meetings in-district, serves voters in their home districts and leads the majority political party in the House. The speaker also creates a legislative calendar to determine when bills are to be debated and voted upon.On January 5, 2011 John Boehner swore in the 112th Congress as the 53rd Speaker of the House. John was re-eleected on January 3, 2013 to serve a second term. As speaker, he is still the leader of the House Republicans but does not take part in debates and almost never votes from the floor. He is not a member of any House committees.

John Boehner represented the state of Ohio as a republican and has served in Congress from 1991 to 2015.

President of the SenateThe Vice President of the United States is at the same time the President of the United States Senate. The elected official has the ability to cast tie-breaking votes, swear in new senators and preside during joint sessions. Joe Biden was re-elected for new four-year terms on Novermber 6, 2012. Joe Biden serves as the Vice President of the United States therefore; he is the President of the Senate as well. He was instrumental in achieving a bipartisan agreement on tax increases and spending cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff crisis. He became a leading figure in the debate about gun control and is devoted to reducing gun violence.

Joe Biden represents the state of Delaware as a Democrat and has served in Congress from 1972 until Present.

President pro TemporeEach president pro tempore has served until he retired, died, or until his party loses its majority. Various laws assign the president pro tempore authority to make appointments to an assortment of national commissions and recommend minority leaders. In the absence of the vice president, the president pro tempore may administer all oaths required by the Constitution, may sign legislation, and may fulfill all other obligations of the presiding officer. Also, in the absence of the vice president, the president pro tempore jointly presides with the Speaker of the House when the two houses sit together in joint sessions or joint meetings.Patrick Leahy is the most senior senator in the majority party and was elected as the new President pro Tempore by a unanimous consent. He has introduced many bills such as PIPA and Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act. He has served as chairman of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee from 1987 until 1995 and was then chairman of the Judiciary Committee from 2001 until 2003, and regained the chairmanship in 2007

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy represents the state of Vermont as a democrat and served in Congress since 1974 until the present.

Minority Floor LeaderMinority Leader of theUnited States House of RepresentativesDemocratic LeaderUnlike the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader is on the ballot for Speaker of the House during the convening of the Congress. If the Minority Leader's party takes control of the House, and the party officers are all re-elected to their seats, the Minority Leader is usually the party's top choice for Speaker for the next Congress.On November 17, 2010, Pelosi was elected as the Democratic Leader by House Democrats and therefore the Minority Leader in the Republican-controlled House for the 112th Congress. She was the first woman to hold the office and to date is the highest-ranking female politician in American history.

Majority Floor LeaderMajority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Republican LeaderIn the United States House of Representatives, the majority leader is elected by U.S. Congressmen in the political party holding the largest number of seats in the House. The Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives usually creates the floor agenda and oversees the committee chairmen.Eric Cantor is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Virginia. Cantor represents Virginia's 7th congressional district and was first elected to the House in 2000. He won re-election in 2012. During his first term, Cantor was Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare. He has also served on the House Financial Services Committee and on the House International Relations Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee.

Eric Cantor represents the state of Virginia as a Republican and has served in Congress from 2000-2012

Majority Floor LeaderMajority Leader of theUnited States SenateDemocratic LeaderVoted by parties that hold the majority and minority, the Majority Floor Leader serves as the chief Senate spokespeople for their parties. They administer and schedule the legislative and executive business of the Senate. They are able to speak on the floor of the Senate.Reid succeeded Tom Daschle as minority leader in 2005 and became majority leader after the 2006 elections. He was re-elected majority leader without opposition by the Democratic caucus on November 18, 2008, winning all 57 votes.

Harry Ried represents the state of Nevada as a Democrat and has served in Congress from 1970 to present.

Nancy Pelosi represents the state of California as a Democrat and has served in Congress for 25 years.

Minority Floor LeaderMinority Leader of theUnited States SenateRepublican LeaderUnlike the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader is on the ballot for Speaker of the House during the convening of the Congress. If the Minority Leader's party takes control of the House, and the party officers are all re-elected to their seats, the Minority Leader is usually the party's top choice for Speaker for the next Congress.Mitch McConnell has been elected the Republican Minority Leader of the Senate since January 3, 2007. From 1978 until his election to the Senate, he was the Jefferson County Judge/Executive, the former top political office in Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Majority Whip Majority Whip of the United States House of RepresentativesRepublican PartyThe Majority Whip is an elected member of the majority party who assists the Speaker of the House and the majority leader to coordinate ideas on, and garner support for, proposed legislation. The whip keeps track of all legislation and ensures that all party members are present when important measures are to be voted upon.Kevin McCarthy has served as Majority Whip since 2011. After the 2008 elections, McCarthy was chosen as Chief Deputy Minority Whip, the highest-ranking appointed position in the House Republican Caucus.

Kevin McCarthy represents the state of California as a Republican and has served Congress since 2006.

Majority WhipMajority Whip of the United States Senate Democratic PartyThe Majority Whip is an elected member of the majority party who assists the Speaker of the House and the majority leader to coordinate ideas on, and garner support for, proposed legislation. The whip keeps track of all legislation and ensures that all party members are present when important measures are to be voted upon.Richard Durbin has been the Senate Majority Whip, the second highest position in the Democratic Party leadership in the Senate, since 2007. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, representing the Springfield-based 20th congressional district. In 1996 he won election to the U.S. Senate by an unexpected 15-point margin. He has served as Senate Democratic Whip since 2005, and assumed his current title when the Democratic Party obtained a majority in 2007.

Richard Durbin represents the state of Illinois as a Democrat and has served in congress since 1997.


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  • marie555 7 years ago

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    where are prsident oh wait noone likes him LOL....

  • marie555 7 years ago

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    hahaha ....lol..