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Qualifications

“A Senator must reach for noble qualities—honor, total dedication, self-discipline, extreme selflessness, exemplary patriotism, sober judgment, and intellectual honesty. “ --Senator Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member in Senate history.

The only legal requirements to serve as U.S. Senator is your age (must be at least 30), your address (must live in the state you represent) and you must have been a legal citizen for nine consecutive years before being elected.

A majority of Senators are lawyers. Next come those in public service or politics (49 Senators have already served time in the House) and third, from business. The House, on the other hand, is dominated by business professionals.

Ninety-nine percent of Senators have bachelor's degrees and one Senator has no education beyond high school. Sixteen Senators have a master's degree and four have medical degrees.

Most important, you must be ethical, disciplined and thick-skinned. You should be an idealist and a practitioner. You should love history and even the game of politics itself. You'll need stamina. You'll need to inspire and to comfort.

All Senators have one quality in common: They are leaders. If you don't see yourself in that role, there's always sausage making.

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