What is the political definition of congressional session?
- MapLv 68 years agoFavorite Answer
The Congressional session is made up of two years.
100 % of the members of the House of Representatives are up for election every two years. We elect during an even # year (November of 2010) and they take office in January of 2011 and they serve until Jan of 2013. That is a Congressional Session.
Now the Senators are elected for a six year term. The President serves a four year term. So their term will overlap the Congressional Session. We count by the Congressional Session not by a Presidential or Senatorial Session. We are in the 112 Congressional Session.
Every even # year in November will will at least elect 1/3 of the Senators, 100 % of the Members of the House of Representative and every other election we will elect the President. In 2010 we did not have a candidate for President in 2012 we will.
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