The presiding officer of the United States Senate is simply called the presiding officer. The presiding officer of the Senate is also the president of the Senate and the vice president of the U.S.Continue Reading
If the vice president is unavailable, then the president pro tempore of the Senate, who is usually the most senior member of the majority party, presides in his or her stead or may designate another member of the majority party to do so.
Article 1, Section 3, Clause 4 of the U.S. Constitution mandates that the vice president shall preside over the Senate, but have no vote unless there is a tie.Learn more about Branches of Government
Members of the United States Senate serve 6-year terms, but start their terms in staggered starts so that roughly one-third of the Senate body starts with fresh representatives every 2 years. As established in the Constitution of the United States, each state receives equal representation in the Senate. Each state sends two senators to the Senate, creating a total of 100 representatives at all times.Full Answer >
As of 2014, the presiding officer of the Senate is Vice President Joe Biden. When the vice president is absent, the president pro tempore is in charge. This officer is traditionally the most senior member of the majority party. As of 2014, that is Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont.Full Answer >
Politico.com has a comprehensive, interactive map of the 2014 United States Senate races. The map shows which states held U.S. Senate elections in 2014, Republican losses/gains and Democratic losses/gains, and a state-by-state breakdown showing the different candidates (including some third party candidates) and the percentage of votes won by each.Full Answer >
As of September 2014, there are 16 different standing committees in the United States Senate. Each committee adopts its own set of rules and guidelines to follow.Full Answer >