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In 1787 a pattern of government started to form in the colonies A king chose a governor to serve as an advisory body and chief executive which became the upper house of the colonial legislature The lower house was elected by the colonist who owned property and were eligible to vote This provided our founding nation of a bicameral legislation However critics of bicameralism didnt want it included into the constitution because they thought of the Senate as undemocratic They would make an argument about how much larger regions with less population had the same number of representatives in the Senate compared to a smaller region with a much larger population The purpose of the Senate was to have equal number of representatives to prevent the most populated regions from dominating the Congress Bicameralism provided for equal representation for each state in the Senate and for the House of Representative to be elected based on their respective populations Currently a legislature is made up of two chambers that is supported the system of checks and balances Either house is able to block legislation approved by the other The two houses have to cooperate with each other and compromise on the differences in writing the nations laws Although the House and Senate share similar powers and can be considered equal the two houses differ in a numerous ways The House of Representatives has 435 members with each member elected from each congressional district The Senate however has only 100 members two from every state Because of the Houses larger size the House is more formal and stricter than the Senate A member of the House has to be recognized in order to speak during a debate for a short time period The Houses own members choose a longtime member that has influentially contributed over the years to be the Speaker The Speaker is then the acknowledged leader of its majority party If the Speaker
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