How to be a U.S. Senator

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How to be a U.S. Senator. U.S. senators are elected in a statewide election held in the state where they reside. To win the senate seat, a candidate must get the majority of the votes cast. Senators represent their home state in the U.S. Senate located in Washington, D.C. for a term of six years. Every state is allocated two senators, totaling 100 senators who work together to pass federal legislation.

Determine if you meet the following qualifications as outlined in the U.S. Constitution that qualifies a person to run for senate: be at least 30 years old, be a citizen of the United States for nine years and, when elected, be a resident of the state you were elected to represent.

Choose which political party you will be representing. For example, choose the Democratic, Republican or Independent Party.

Establish a campaign chairperson and treasurer that will assist you during your campaign.

Contact the Secretary of State office for your individual state to get the necessary paperwork to file in order to place your name on the ballot to run for the U.S. Senate. You should also get the official state rules that relate to running for election, campaigning and finances.

Declare your candidacy by filling out your state's necessary paperwork and returning it to your Secretary of State's office. You will have to pay a filing fee; the amount will vary by state. Necessary paperwork also varies by state but may include a statement of candidacy, nominating petition and appointment of campaign treasurer.

Decide which issues you will be running on, including the beliefs about which you are passionate and voters want to hear.

Establish campaign committees to assist you in campaign strategies statewide. You will need to campaign statewide because U.S. Senate races are elected in a statewide election.

Make campaign plans that get you out to introduce yourself to voters. That way, you can explain to them the issues about which you are passionate, how you can help them and why they should vote for you.

Ask the voters you have met for their support and their votes on election day.

Get the election results after the polls close on election day from the Secretary of State's office. The candidate with the majority of the votes is elected a U.S. senator.


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