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House of Representatives of Seattle
Type
TypeLower house
Leadership
SpeakerDave Reichert, Republican
since 15 Jan. 2010
Leader of the MajorityBill Gates, Republican
since 15 Jan. 2010
Leader of the OppositionMike McGinn, Democratic
since 15 Jan. 2010
Structure
Members100
HouseofSeattle
Political groups     Republican Party (64)     Democratic Party (36)
Election
Last election15 Jan. 2010
Meeting place
HouseofSeattle
Seattle Legislative Building
Website
www.house.gov.sea

The House of Representatives of Seattle is the lower house in the Parliament of Seattle, the upper house being the Senate of Seattle. The House of Representatives is as powerful as the Senate, but the members of the House come from a wider range of places and from much smaller districts, making it so the senators outrank the representatives. The House of Representatives is by far the less powerful chamber when compared to the Senate, as the Senate can verify appointments by the president and their chamber is more easily swayed, as it has fewer members.

The House is responsible for sending laws to the Senate for verification, and controls all finance bills passed through the Parliament. The House can also pass, with a three fourths majority, a vote of no confidence to dissolve the current government. The House can also has the power to appoint a new president if the previous had died, and reside over elections that have come in question all around the land.

The House has 100 seats, each seat represents 90,000 people within the United States. The House, unlike the Senate, can go over district borders for their own districts. The House district lines can be changed with a majority house vote, which is usually used for the majority party's own political means.

A member of the House is known as a Representative, and is given the formal title of "Servant to the United States," which lasts until death. A term in the House is two years long, and there are no term limits. To propose a bill, the representative must have the backing of two co-sponsors, which do not have to be in the same political party. If a super majority of 60 representatives supports a bill, it will be sent to the Senate for approval. If only 50-59 representatives support it, there would be a formal filibuster that can last as long as the members of the filibuster would like it to. To be part of a filibuster you must speak against the bill continually, and you may not leave the chambers.

The Republican Party currently holds a strong majority in the government with a 64 to 36 seat advantage in the House.

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