On April 8, 1913, Connecticut became the 36th state to ratify the Constitution’s 17th Amendment. Learn about the only amendment to change the structure of Congress from National Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution and scholars David N. Schleicher and Todd J. Zywicki.
David N. Schleicher and Todd J. Zywicki look at how the Seventeenth Amendment removed from state legislatures the power to choose U.S. Senators and gave that power directly to voters in each state – an important change in the balance of power between the federal government and states.
On May 31, 1913, the 17th Amendment went into effect, changing how Senators are elected. In this essay from our Interactive Constitition, David N. Schleicher and Todd J. Zywicki explain the only major change to the structure of Congress.
Back on this day in 1913, the 17th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect, ending indirect elections to the U.S. Senate. To this day, some folks want that amendment repealed on the theory it curtails states’ rights as envisioned by the Founders.
It’s the 105th anniversary of the 17th Amendment, leading us to consider what today’s U.S. Senate would look like if its members weren’t directly elected by voters.
Today, Americans will vote in elections around the country. But did you know if alternative ideas from the Founders were used today, there would be 6,000 seats up for re-election in the House, and Senators would be serving for life?
As the Robert Menendez trial winds down, the New Jersey congressional caucus faces an odd scenario if the Senator is convicted of political corruption charges. Should Menendez remain in office if he is found guilty and he then appeals the case?
The 17th amendment, which was ratified 103 years ago today, profoundly changed how Senators were chosen to serve in Congress. The amendment remains controversial in the context of how the Founders viewed that process.
Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at references made in President Obama’s State of the Union speech, and their relation to a long-held debate about gerrymandering.
The 17th Amendment, which was ratified this day in 1913, allowed senators to be directly elected by the people rather than by state legislatures.