U.S. Senator (TX-Sr.)

Employer / Organization

Texas United States Senate

Next Election

Mar 03, 2020

Filing Window

Nov 16, 2019 - Dec 16, 2019


Each of the 50 United States is represented by two United States Senators, and the 100 senators serve in the United States Senate, which along with the United States Congress comprise the entire federal legislative branch of U.S. Government. U.S. Senators are responsible for drafting and voting on federal laws for the United States. The work of preparing and considering legislation is done by standing committees, and in addition there are special committees as well as joint committees (committees with U.S. Representatives and Senators). The U.S. Senate has special duties including the responsibility to confirm major presidential appointments, including Supreme Court Justices. All U.S. treaties with other countries must be approved by a 2/3rds vote in the Senate, and U.S. Senators vote upon impeachment of elected officials, with a 2/3rds vote for impeachment resulting in the removal of office. Congressional bills, after having been passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, must be signed by the president of the United States within 10 days of their submission, or they become law automatically, unless Congress is not in session. If vetoed by the president, a bill may become law only by its repassage by a two-thirds majority in each house. The Constitution requires a regular annual meeting of Congress, which begins on Jan. 3 each year. The proceedings of Congress are recorded in the Congressional Record, and U.S. Senators have offices in Washington D.C. and often in several locations in their home states to address concerns of the citizens they represent. The yearly salary for a United States Senator is $174,000.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Texas Secretary of State to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the appropriate candidacy filing paperwork. 2) If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for further details. If you plan to run as an independent candidate, complete the Declaration of Intent to Run by the deadline and and start gathering signatures once the signature window opens. The signature window opens once the runoff election following the March primary is over (if held the run off election is held, if not then the signature window begins directly after the primary). Signers of the nominating petition can not have voted in the March primary, and the requirement is 500 signatures to appear on the ballot for most positions. More information can be on the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Department website, and potential candidates should speak with the Texas Secretary of State’s Elections Department as soon as possible to verify signature and filing window details. 3) The Declaration of Intent to Run is to be filed within 108-78 days prior to the primary election and the submission of the nominating petition and application to the county clerk of the county where you officially reside is to be filed by 138 prior to the general election. The Texas primary is always held on "Super Tuesday," which is the first Tuesday in March. If you have any questions please contact the Texas Secretary of State’s Office at webmaster@sos.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 463-5650. The website of the Texas Secretary of State’s Election Division can be found here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/index.shtml and the Texas Candidates Guide can be found here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/index.shtml

Submit application to:
Texas Secretary of State, 1019 Brazos St., Austin, TX, 78701, US