Congressional Staff and Support Services: Background and Responsibilities


Brett Waller (Editor)

Series: Congressional Policies, Practices and Procedures
BISAC: POL006000

Article I, Section 3, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution authorizes the Senate to choose its officers, but does not specifically identify them by title. The officers currently elected by the Senate are the President pro tempore, Secretary of the Senate, Sergeant at Arms, chaplain, secretary for the majority, and secretary for the minority. The Senate has also established appointive offices to handle certain other administrative functions that are under the direction of the legal counsel, legislative counsel, and parliamentarian. This book provides an overview of Senate administrative officers and officials, their authorities, and main responsibilities. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Senate Administrative Officers and Officials: A Brief Overview (pp. 1-6)
Lorraine H. Tong

Chapter 2 – Secretary of the Senate: Legislative and Administrative Duties (pp. 7-14)
Jacob R. Straus

Chapter 3 – Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate: Legislative and Administrative Duties (pp. 15-22)
Jacob R. Straus

Chapter 4 – Office of Legislative Counsel: Senate (pp. 23-26)
Matthew Eric Glassman

Chapter 5 – Office of Senate Legal Counsel (pp. 27-30)
Matthew Eric Glassman

Chapter 6 – The President Pro Tempore of the Senate: History and Authority of the Office (pp. 31-64)
Christopher M. Davis

Chapter 7 – Support Offices in the House of Representatives: Roles and Authorities (pp. 65-88)
Ida A. Brudnick

Chapter 8 – Chief Administrative Officer of the House: History and Organization (pp. 89-100)
Jacob R. Straus

Chapter 9 – House Sergeant at Arms: Legislative and Administrative Duties (pp. 101-110)
Jacob R. Straus and Lorraine H. Tong

Chapter 10 – Office of Legislative Counsel: House (pp. 111-114)
Matthew Eric Glassman

Chapter 11 – House Office of General Counsel (pp. 115-118)
Matthew Eric Glassman

Chapter 12 – The Office of the Parliamentarian in the House and Senate (pp. 119-122)
Valerie Heitshusen

Chapter 13 – House and Senate Chaplains: An Overview (pp. 123-130)
Ida A. Brudnick

Chapter 14 – Pages of the United States Congress: History and Program Administration (pp. 131-136)
R. Eric Petersen


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