U.S. Congress and Capitol General Knowledge

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How long does a Congress last?
Two years
How many Senators are there in the Senate?
100
How many voting representatives are there in the House of Representatives?
435
Who presides over the House of Representatives?
Speaker of the House
Who served in congress for only four years, but voted against entering both World Wars?
Jeannette Rankin
Who is the President of the Senate?
Vice President
Who is in charge of security on the floor of the House?
Sergeant at arms
Who is the current Speaker of the House?
Paul Ryan
Who is invited to speak to a joint session of Congress every year at the Capitol?
The President
What are the rooms called where the Senate and House hold their sessions?
Chambers
If all Senators are voting, what is the minimum number of votes needed to pass a bill in the Senate?
51
Who is the President Protempore of the Senate, (fourth in line to the presidency)?
Orrin Hatch
Who is the first person to have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda?
Henry Clay
Where is the Capitol building?
Washington, D.C.
What material is the Capitol dome made out of?
Cast Iron
Which statue in the Capitol is painted white?
Jack L. Swigert
Who was the first President sworn in at the Capitol?
Thomas Jefferson
What is the name of the statue on the top of the Capitol dome?
Statue of Freedom
Who painted the corridors on the Senate side of the Capitol?
Constantino Brumidi
What is most of the Capitol exterior made out of?
Marble
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