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What is the structure of Congress? (continued)

The House of Representatives has 435 Members. Every state has at least one Member. California has the most Members, with 53. How many Members represent your state in the House of Representatives? To check, click here and click on the Member Information tab and then use the second drop down menu.

Members of the House of Representatives are elected for two-year terms. Each term has two sessions that begin in January and last one year. The first session of the 115th Congress will begin on January 20, 2017.

Because it is so large, the House of Representatives has a complex structure and many rules. Leadership roles are especially important and are largely determined by political party. Traditionally, the most powerful leaders are members of the majority party - the party with the greatest number of Members elected to a particular session of Congress.

"Voting is one of the few things where boycotting in protest clearly makes the problem worse rather than better." - Jane Auer

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