Article I, Section 2

Section. 2.

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons. The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New-York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:22 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. 1. Article 1 Section 2 of the United State Constitution talks about the selection of the house of representatives. It says that representatives will be chosen every two years by voters who will not be limited to a number of elites.

    2. The representatives must be at least twenty five years of age, must have held citizenship for at least seven years, and must live in the state that they are representing.

    3. The parts taken out of A1 S2 state that taxes will be set to a state’s population rather than individual income, as well as the ugly 3/5th’s Compromise which stated that slaves were equivalent to only 3/5 of a person when accounting for representation by population. Although the founding fathers do not use the direct term of slavery, it is clear what the mean in this instance. The passing of the 13th amendment which outlawed slavery nulled this part of the constitution, the tax issue was nulled by the 16th amendment which created our income tax system. This clause also establishes that the number of representatives for each state are directly in proportion to the state’s population. The most populous state today is California with 53 congressional seats, and the smallest populous states only have one. A census is required for ever ten years to check the population and adjust for any discrepancies in representation.

    4. Any vacancies occurring before the next election shall have a special election to fill the spot of the representative.

    5.The House of Representatives has the power to “chuse” its own leaders to serve as the Speaker of the House. In addition, the HOR has the power to accuse Judicial and Executive officers of being unfit, allowing the Senate to then choose whether or not to relieve them of duty.

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