Qualifications for Senator
Qualifications to be a senator
-thirty years of age
-resident for at least 9 years
-inhabitant of the state to which they are elected
What Americans should expect
The official qualifications are minimal and inadequate for addressing the needs of America today.
Using reasonable judgment, consider the job of Senator.
Often, the Senate is described as “the highest house” in Congress. That means, because there are fewer Senators than Representatives it could be considered a more important position. Let’s explore that.
Each state gets to elect two Senators so there are 100.
Provide advice on treaties
Confirm Presidential appointments of ambassadors, justices, and cabinet members
Serve on committees
At a minimum, one would expect Senators to have a law degree, and to be knowledgeable in foreign policy.
“Elections to the United States Senate are to be held on November 6, 2012, with 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested in regular elections whose winners will serve six-year terms from January 3, 2013 until January 3, 2019. Additionally, special elections may be held to fill vacancies that occur during the 112th United States Congress. Currently, Democrats are expected to have 23 seats up for election, including 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats, while Republicans are only expected to have 10 seats up for election.
The 2012 presidential election, elections to the House of Representatives, elections for governors in 13 states and territories, and many state and local elections will also be held on this date.”