History Quiz / Officers of the House and Senate

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Can you name the House- and Senate-elected (non-member) officers of the US Congress?

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Chamber, Date EstablishedOfficerDescription
Senate
1789
Opens the Senate each day in prayer, provides spiritual care and counseling for senators, their families, and their staffs -- a flock of over 6,000 people -- and discussion sessions, prayer meetings, and a weekly Senators' Prayer Breakfast.
Senate
1929
Sees that pages are at their posts and cloakrooms are staffed; schedule legislation on the floor; inform senators of the majority party of all pending business, keeping them updated on bills, motions, nominations, and amendments in preparation for roll call votes.
Senate
1929
Does the same as the above, but for the Minority Party.
Senate
1789
Supervises offices and services to expedite the day-to-day operations of the Senate; Responsible for keeping the minutes and records of the Senate and for purchasing supplies; education of the Senate pages; and the maintenance of public records.
Senate
1789
Chief law enforcement officer of the Senate-can compel senators to come to the Chamber; can arrest any person violating Senate rules; can be empowered to arrest the President; supervises the Senate wing of the Capitol; maintains security in all the Senate buildings; protects its members; controls access to the Chamber and Galleries; chief protocol officer.
Senate
1937
Senate's advisor on the interpretation of its rules and procedures; staff from the office sit on the Senate dais and advise the presiding officer on the conduct of Senate business; refers bills to the appropriate committees on behalf of the Senate's presiding officer.
House
1789
Opens proceedings with prayer, provides pastoral counseling to the House community, arranges memorial services for the House and its staff, occasionally perform marriage and funeral ceremonies for House members.
House
1995
Carries out administrative functions for the House, including human resources,
information resources, payroll, finance, procurement, and other business services;
predecessor was the Director of Non-Legislative and Financial Services.
House
1789
Chief law enforcement and protocol officer of the House; maintains order; reviews and implements all issues relating to security of Congressmen and the Capitol complex; coordinates with Capitol Police and intelligence agencies to assess threats; oversees House floor and galleries, House Appointments Desk, House garages and parking lots; administers staff ID badges; serves as a member of the U.S. Capitol Police Board, chairman in alternating years; serves on Congressional Accessibility Services Board.
House
1983-1995; 2005-
Appointed by the United States House of Representatives to study and document its past.
House
1992
Provides recommendations for improving the performance, accountability, and integrity of House financial, administrative, and technology-based operations by performing independent audit, advisory, and investigative services in a nonpartisan manner.
House
2008
A non-partisan office governed by a Board comprised of private citizens; reviews allegations of misconduct against Members, officers, and staff of the House; refers matters to the House Committee on Ethics; not authorized to determine if a violation occurred or to recommend sanctions; is not able to provide advice or education on the rules and standards of conduct.
House
1927
Advises presiding officers, Congressmen, and staff on procedural questions under the US Constitution, rule, and precedent; prepares, compiles, and publishes the precedents of the House; appointed by the Speaker without regard to political affiliation; consultation with the Office is confidential, if requested; formerly known as Clerk at the Speaker's table
House
1789
Calls the Members-elect to order at the commencement of each Congress; pending the election of the Speaker, preserves order and decorum; prepares and distributes a list of reports required to be made to Congress; notes all questions of order and decisions thereon, and prints these as an appendix to the Journal of each session of the House; Prepares, prints, and distributes the House Journal; attests and affixes the seal of the House to all writs, warrants, subpoenas, and formal documents issued by the House; certifies the passage by the House of all bills and joint resolutions; receives messages from the President and Senate when the House is not in session; communicates with the Senate

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