A two-house legislature is called a bicameral legislature; the United States has a bicameral legislature. The bicameral legislature of the United States has two divisions: the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The legislative branch is one of the three branches of government. The Senate comprises 100 senators, two from each state. The House of Representatives contains 435 representatives, with the number of representatives coming from each state reflecting the population of that state. This type of legislature is the result of a compromise between the Founding Fathers who wanted each state to have an equal say in government and those who wanted larger states to have more of a say in enacting laws. Together, the Senate and the House make the laws.Learn More
The Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States government is to act as the principal leader of the House with various roles, such as overseeing the daily sessions in the House, referring bills to committee, and rule on parliamentary motions. The Speaker of the House is second in line to succeed the president after the vice president.Full Answer >
A succession of rulers related by blood is called a dynasty. In European nations, a dynasty is sometimes called a house. The great houses of Europe were often related to other houses by marriage, as intermarriage was a means of forging alliances, expanding power and securing territorial gain.Full Answer >
The husband of a reigning queen, also known as a queen regnant, is called a prince consort. The title prince consort indicates that the husband of the queen is of lower royal rank. This difference is made due to a tradition of male titles being regarded higher than female titles.Full Answer >
A plan of government is called a constitution. For example, the Constitution of the United States of America lays out the system by which the U.S. government operates, such as the three branches of government, voting rights and the rights of states.Full Answer >