CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

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Legislative Branch

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LEGISLATIVE BRANCH
CONGRESS
One Hundred and Tenth Congress, First Session

The Senate
The Capitol, Washington, DC 20510 Phone, 202–224–3121. Internet, www.senate.gov.

President of the Senate (Vice President of the United States) President pro tempore Majority Leader Minority Leader Secretary of the Senate Sergeant at Arms Secretary for the Majority Secretary for the Minority Chaplain

DICK CHENEY ROBERT C. BYRD HARRY REID MITCH MCCONNELL NANCY ERICKSON TERRANCE GAINER MARTIN PAONE DAVID J. SCHIAPPA BARRY BLACK

The House of Representatives
The Capitol, Washington, DC 20515 Phone, 202–225–3121. Internet, www.house.gov.

The Speaker Clerk Sergeant at Arms Chief Administrative Officer Chaplain

NANCY PELOSI LORRAINE C. MILLER WILSON L. LIVINGOOD DANIEL BEARD REV. DANIEL P. COUGHLIN

The Congress of the United States was created by Article I, section 1, of the Constitution, adopted by the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, providing that ‘‘All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.’’ The first Congress under the Constitution met on March 4, 1789, in the Federal Hall in New York City. The membership then consisted of 20 1 Senators and 59 Representatives.
1New York ratified the Constitution on July 26, 1788, but did not elect its Senators until July 15 and 16, 1789. North Carolina did not ratify the Constitution until November 21, 1789; Rhode Island ratified it on May 29, 1790.

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