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The term '''upper house''' refers to one of two [[state legislature|state legislative]] chambers in a [[bicameral legislature]].
 
The term '''upper house''' refers to one of two [[state legislature|state legislative]] chambers in a [[bicameral legislature]].
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An upper house, or state senate, is the upper deliberative body, or chamber, in states with a [[bicameral]] [[legislature]].  A state senate normally has fewer members — usually one-half to one-third as many members — as a [[state assembly]] or [[state house of representatives]].
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Revision as of 09:23, 7 September 2011

The term upper house refers to one of two state legislative chambers in a bicameral legislature. An upper house, or state senate, is the upper deliberative body, or chamber, in states with a bicameral legislature. A state senate normally has fewer members — usually one-half to one-third as many members — as a state assembly or state house of representatives.


Chamber articleMembersPartisan BreakdownTerm LengthTerm LimitSession start dateSalary
Alabama State Senate35Independent (1)4 yearsNoneJanuary 14, 2014 $10/day + $4,308/month
Alaska State Senate204 yearsNoneJanuary 21, 2014 $50,400./year+ per diem
Arizona State Senate302 years4 terms (8 years) January 13, 2014 $24,000/year + per diem
Arkansas State Senate354 years2 terms (8 years)February 10, 2014 $15,362/year + $136/day
California State Senate404 years2 terms (8 years) if elected before 2012; 12 years if elected in or after 2012January 6, 2014 $95,291/year + per diem
Colorado State Senate354 years8 yearsJanuary 8, 2014 $30,000/year + per diem
Connecticut State Senate362 yearsNoneFebruary 5, 2014 $28,000/year
Delaware State Senate214 yearsNoneJanuary 14, 2014 $41,680/year + $7,334 expenses/year
Florida State Senate404 years 2 terms (8 years)March 4, 2014 $29,697/year + per diem
Georgia State Senate562 yearsNoneJanuary 13, 2014 $17,342/year + per diem
Hawaii State Senate252-4-4 year systemNoneJanuary 15, 2014 $48,708/year
Idaho State Senate352 yearsNoneJanuary 6, 2014 $16,116./year + per diem
Illinois State Senate594 yearsNoneJanuary 29, 2014 $67,836/year + per diem
Indiana State Senate504 yearsNoneJanuary 6, 2014 $22,616/year + per diem
Iowa State Senate504 yearsNoneJanuary 13, 2014 $25,000/year + per diem
Kansas State Senate404 yearsNoneJanuary 13, 2014 $88.66/day + $6,775/year expenses
Kentucky State Senate38Independent (1)4 yearsNoneJanuary 7, 2014 $186.73/day + per diem
Louisiana State Senate394 years3 terms (12 years) March 10, 2014 $15,362/year
Maine State Senate35Independent (1)2 years4 terms (8 years)January 8, 2014 $13,526/year Sess. 1, $9,661/year Sess. 2 + per diem
Maryland State Senate474 yearsNoneJanuary 8, 2014 $43,500/year + per diem
Massachusetts State Senate402 yearsNoneJanuary 14, 2014 $61,133/year + per diem
Michigan State Senate384 years2 terms (8 years)January 8, 2014 $71,685/year + expenses
Minnesota State Senate674 yearsNoneFebruary 25, 2014 $31,140.90 + per diem
Mississippi State Senate524 yearsNoneJanuary 7, 2014 $10,000./year + per diem
Missouri State Senate34Vacant (2)4 years2 terms (8 years) January 8, 2014 $35,915/year + per diem
Montana State Senate504 years2 terms (8 years) Will not hold a regular session. $82.64/day + per diem
Nebraska State Senate (Unicameral)494 years2 terms (8 years)January 8, 2014 $12,000/year + per diem
Nevada State Senate214 years3 terms (12 years) Will not hold a regular session. $146.29/day + per diem
New Hampshire State Senate24Vacancy (1)2 yearsNoneJanuary 8, 2014 $100/year
New Jersey State Senate404 yearsNoneJanuary 14, 2014 $49,000/year
New Mexico State Senate424 yearsNoneJanuary 21, 2014 $0/year + per diem
New York State Senate63Vacancy (2)2 yearsNoneJanuary 8, 2014 $79,500/year + per diem
North Carolina State Senate502 yearsNoneMay 14, 2014 $13,951/year + per diem + expenses
North Dakota State Senate474 yearsNoneWill not hold a regular session. $152/day + expenses
Ohio State Senate334 years2 terms (8 years)January 7, 2014 $60,584/year
Oklahoma State Senate484 years12 year cumulative total, in either or both chambersFebruary 3, 2014 $38,400/year + per diem
Oregon State Senate304 yearsNoneFebruary 3, 2014 $21,936/year + per diem
Pennsylvania State Senate504 yearsNoneJanuary 7, 2014 $82,026/year + per diem
Rhode Island State Senate38Independent (1)2 yearsNoneJanuary 7, 2014 $14,185.95/year
South Carolina State Senate46Vacant (1)4 yearsNoneJanuary 14, 2014 $10,400/year + per diem
South Dakota State Senate352 years4 terms (8 years) January 14, 2014 $12,000/2 years + per diem
Tennessee State Senate334 yearsNoneJanuary 14, 2014 $19,009/year + per diem
Texas State Senate31Vacant (2)4 yearsNoneNo regular session $7,200/year + per diem
Utah State Senate294 yearsNoneJanuary 27, 2014 $117/day + per diem
Vermont State Senate302 yearsNoneJanuary 7, 2014 $604.79/week + per diem
Virginia State Senate40Vacant (2)4 yearsNoneJanuary 8, 2014 $18,000/year + per diem
Washington State Senate494 yearsNoneJanuary 13, 2014 $42,106/year + per diem
West Virginia State Senate344 yearsNoneJanuary 8, 2014 $20,000/year + per diem
Wisconsin State Senate33Vacant (1)4 yearsNoneJanuary 14, 2014 $49,943/year + per diem
Wyoming State Senate30Vacant (1)4 yearsNoneFebruary 10, 2014 $150/day + per diem