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Constitutional Soundbites – How does Congress Work?

March 7, 2018

Why are House members elected for two year terms, and Why do Senators have six year terms? These questions are answered in the inaugural episode of Constitutional Soundbites.

In the first episode of The Heartland Institute’s Constitutional Soundbites series, constitutional scholar David Shestokas, Marketing Coordinator Chris Talgo, and Government Relations Manager Lindsey Stroud discuss “Article I: The Congress, Volume 2” from Shestokas’s book Constitutional Soundbites. This opening sequence focuses on the nature and role of Congress.  Topics covered include legislative powers, why House members are elected for two year terms, and why Senators have six year terms.

The Constitutional Soundbites series is a project of The Heartland Institute to provide further insight into David J. Shestokas’s book Constitutional Soundbites, which explains the history, philosophy and meaning of our Founding documents. Purchase your copy at

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Constitutional Reform
Chris Talgo is editor for The Heartland Institute
Lindsey Stroud joined The Heartland Institute in 2016 as a Government Relations Coordinator. In 2017, Lindsey was named State Government Relations Manager.
David Shestokas earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University in 1975 and his Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in June of 1987. In 1986-87 he served on The John Marshall Law Review. @@shestokas