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House of Representatives (The House)

The House of Representatives is the larger of the two houses of Congress.

The 435 members of the House - generally known as Congressmen and Congresswomen - serve two-year terms, as compared to the six-year term of senators.

The presiding member, the Speaker of the House, is elected by a majority vote of the members of the House at the beginning of each new Congress.

House members each represent approximately half a million citizens in their "districts."

The number of districts per state is determined each decade by a proportional allocation based on the federal census.

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