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U.S. Senate - Senate Chamber Desks

You may feel like you have little connection with the people who represent you in the U.S. Senate. Interestingly, there are two basic things you do have in common with them. First, all three of you are from the same state. Second, you all work from a desk.

Use the resources on the Senate Chamber Desks website. Click on each tab at the top of the web site's windows, to enter each part of the site. There are many interesting historic facts.

Expand your thinking. Consider not only the desk itself, but your day at school versus theirs at the Senate.

Contrast the desks and the senator's daily experiences with yours.

What are the differences?


Compare your desks and daily experiences - What are the similarities?


Just in case you missed it - what is the story behind the candy desk?


Name the senators who represent your state. When do their terms expire?



Use the resources at to watch a Senate debate, a senator's speech or a recent Senate committee proceeding.

Consider and decide: What does a legislator owe you?


"This is a Senate, a Senate of equals, of men of individual honor and personal character, and of absolute independence.
We know no masters, we acknowledge no dictators. This is a hall for mutual consideration and discussion;
not an arena for the exhibition of champions." - Senator Daniel Webster, 'Second Reply to Hayne.' Senate floor speech, January 26-27, 1830.


Virtual Reference Desk of the U.S. Senate Senate Organization Chart
The National Statuary Hall Collection Senators of the US Congress
U.S. Capitol Virtual Tour Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Introduction to the Historical Minutes The Charters of Freedom - National Archives

1 Image credit - 1855 engraving by Robert Whitechurch of painting by Peter Rothermel "United States Senate 1850" LOC Summary: Henry Clay addressing the U.S. Senate; Daniel Webster seated to the left of Clay, John C. Calhoun to the left of the Speaker's chair

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posted 7/2007 In the spirit of Thomas Paine - released to public domain by Cynthia J. O'Hora

Aligned with the following Pa Academic Standards - Reading, Writing Speaking, History, Civics and Government, Mathematics, Civics, Science and Technology
Aligned with the National Standards for Civics and Government

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