Question by  Gus26 (15)

How do the schedule senator's terms?

I know they are not all re-elected at the same time.


Answer by  emog35 (9)

Senators are elected to six-year terms. Elections are scheduled on a staggered basis. Essentially one-third of the Senate membership faces election every two years. After three such election cycles, therefore, all 100 seats will have been accountable to the voters through the electoral process. No state holds both its senatorial elections in the same year.


Answer by  mem4dr (1378)

Each term lasts six years. Every two years, 1/3 of the Senate must be re-elected. For example, if group A of Senators is up for re-election, 2 years later another 1/3 of Senators faces re-election, 2 years later the final 1/3 faces re-election, and 2 years after that (6 years after group A was elected), group A faces re-election again.


Answer by  danr (93)

Senators are elected every 6 years. Elections are not at the same time because they are scheduled into thirds. In each election only 1/3 of senators are up for re-election


Answer by  nuttree (1596)

Article I of the US Constitution provided for three classes of Senatorial seat, with one-third of the Senators' terms expiring in each even-numbered year. Senators in the first Senate were assigned randomly to these classes. As new states were admitted their two senators were assigned to different classes.

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