What Are the Formal and Informal Qualifications for Congress?

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The formal qualifications to run for U.S. Congress are fewer than the informal qualifications that have been developed and altered over time. Informal qualifications change as new priorities emerge within the American political system. The formal qualifications for a candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate are listed in Article I of the U.S. Constitution.

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