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The Constitution of the United States
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By Liz Davis

\x34Historically Yours\x34 by Liz Davis is a blog about American historical trivia--anything American since 1492.

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The Constitution
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The Constitution
By Liz Davis
Jan. 18, 2014 12:01 a.m.



The Costitution and Our Political Leaders

Here's a few things you might not have known about the Constitution and our political leaders.

Did you know the requirements for a member of the House of Representatives and the Senate are different?

A member of the House only needs to be 25 years old, but a Senator must be 30. While neither of them is required to be a natural born citizen, they both must be citizens--7 years for a Representative and 9 years for a Senator.

Did you know neither Representatives nor Senators are required to inhabit the state they represent?

They are only required to inhabit the state that elects them at the time they are elected.

Did you know the only Senator who is required to be 35 years old is the President of the Senate?

The Vice President of the United States is the President of the Senate and the Vice President is required to be 35.

Did you know that even with term limits a person could be President for ten years?

A person who becomes President other than by election, (for instance, the President dies and the Vice President becomes President), and that person is only President for two years, could still be elected to two more terms.

Did you know that anyone who is constitutionally ineligible for the office of President cannot be Vice President?

Bill Clinton and George G. W. Bush cannot be Vice President as they have each been elected President twice. Jimmy Carter, on the other hand, would be eligible as he only served one term as President.

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