How Many People Are in the U.S. Senate?


One hundred people serve in the Senate of the United States. Each of the 50 states is guaranteed two Senators. The District of Columbia does not have a U.S. Senator, nor do any of the U.S. territories.

The Vice President of the United States also serves as the President of the Senate. The Vice President is not considered a Senator, but he does vote in that body in the event of a tie. A Senator is elected to a term of six years. A Senator is eligible for election to an unlimited number of terms. The party with a majority of seats in the body is vested with the power to select the Senate Majority Leader.