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We have been taught to regard a representative of the people as a sentinel on the watch-tower of liberty. Daniel Webster
For six years the senators are rendered totally and absolutely independent of their States, of whom they ought to be the representatives, without any bond or tie between them: During that time they may join in measures ruinous and destructive to their States, even such as should totally annihilate their State governments, and their States cannot recall them, nor exercise any controul over them. Martin Luther
The hardest way to make a million dollars is to become a United States senator. Any vicious, impudent, brazen, shrewd, gifted person can think of an infinite number of better ways to become rich than to become a crooked politician. Walter Karp
Every senator sees a president when he looks in the mirror each morning. Lyndon B. Johnson
If you are a United States senator and are not under indictment or in detoxification, you automatically consider yourself as a potential candidate for the Presidency. Morris K. Udall
I apprehend... that the total abandonment of the principle of rotation in the offices of President and Senator will end in abuse. Thomas Jefferson
A Senator is like a begonia, showy but useless. Henry Adams
Government of the people, by the people, for the benefit of the Senators. Henry Adams
No man is fit to be a senator unless he is willing to surrender his political life for a great principle. Henry F. Ashurst
If you are a U. S. senator, you can give an ideological response to a serious problem and probably never be held accountable for it. Whereas the [state] governors are dealing with the real world—they have to run things, to make them work. James J. Blanchard
We have become part-time Senators and full time fund-raisers. Even the schedule of the Senate itself is now arranged around the need to raise money for the next political campaign, rather than around the need to solve the nation's problems and do the people's business. David L. Boren
[Warren] Harding didn't like being a Senator; he liked being in the Senate. George B. Christian Jr.
As a Senator of the U.S., a woman, is still a sort of political joke with our masculine leaders in party politics. . .But the trail has been blazed! The road is apparently rough—maybe rocky—but the trail has been located. It is an established fact. While it is also a romantic adventure, it will ever remain an historical precedent—never to be erased. Rebecca Latimer Felton
Many Senators are scared to death that the people back home are going to find out what they’ve been doing in Washington. Ed Gillespie
Representatives of Congress come to Washington representing their districts, but they don’t necessarily understand the complexities of the world. Newt Gingrich
Clean, Commercial and Communists. Collis P. Huntington
We did not send them [Senators] here to vote their conscience; we sent them here to vote the will of their constituents. Alan G. Lance
Senators will associate only with men of their own class; and thus become strangers to the condition of the common people. Gilbert Livingston
What I've had to do is divide my time between black churches and white garden clubs. I want to be Atlanta's mayor, but I would also like to be Georgia's governor or senator. I can't be that without white support. Michael L. Lomax
There is no question on earth on which a Senator of the United States may not want to address himself. Thomas Korologos
I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator Mother Jones; Mary Harris Jones
… superannuated bagmen Mordecai Richler
There are over 30,000 lobbyists circling around the 535 members of Congress. The people should have their Senator as their lobbyist. Jim Webb
Well. I'm here, and I damn near got killed getting here by airplane in time to vote, as I did on another occasion. I don't think the bill amounts to a tinker's damn, and I expect to be kicked in the ass just as I have in the past in return for my services. I don't want a Goddamned thing. My vote is not for sale. I vote my convictions, just as I always have, but I think the President ought to have the decency to treat me like the Senator from Missouri and not like a goddamned office boy, and you can tell him what I said. If he wants me to. I'll come down and tell him myself. Harry S Truman
A factious spirit prevails from one end of our country to the other. And by that spirit both Senators and Representatives are chosen. By that spirit the government acts; and, as to the provisions of the Constitution, however they may fill up the space of a speech to round off a period, or perfume a flower of rhetoric, they cannot restrain men heated in the chase of party game. Gouverneur Morris
No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he shall have been elected, be appointed to any civil office under this State, which shall have been created, or the emoluments of which shall have been increased, during such time. Ohio
… the marketplace, in which we regard our representatives in Congress as our designated shoppers. Joseph Tussman
You cannot leave your office until you have answered every phone call from every Congressman or Senator who called you that day….Break your backside to respond fast to every request…and if you have to say no, do it gently. Lyndon B. Johnson
We favor a constitutional provision limiting the office of President and Vice-President to one term, and providing for the election of Senators of the United States by a direct vote of the people. Populist Party
I think it's about time we voted for senators with breasts. After all, we've been voting for boobs long enough. Claire Sergeant
Some of the state legislatures appear to have viewed the relative duties of the senators whom they have appointed, in a more restricted light than it is apprehended the Constitution implies. It seems to have been supposed that the senators were bound to obey the directions of the state legislatures, and the language of some resolutions has been, that the senators be "instructed," and the members of the house of representatives from the particular states "requested," to make or support certain propositions. But surely the opinion is erroneous. A senator is no more bound to obey the instructions of the state legislature, in opposition to his own judgment, than a representative of the people in the other house, is bound by the occasional instructions of his constituents. They are both elected for the purpose of freely and honestly exercising their own judgments according to the best of their capacities. William Rawle
Intimidation and bribery marked some of the states' selection of senators. Nine bribery cases were brought before the Senate between 1866 and 1906. In addition, forty-five deadlocks occurred in twenty states between 1891 and 1905, resulting in numerous delays in seating senators. In 1899, problems in electing a senator in Delaware were so acute that the state legislature did not send a senator to Washington for four years. U. S. Senate
Elections by the state legislatures will be better than those by the people. Charles Pinkney
We know that the Senator does not read every word of legislation. Just as the CEO of General Motors does not attach every nut and bolt to a car. Stephen Breyer
What would the Senate do with me, an inexperienced legislator who lacks the faculty of self-deception, essential requisite for anyone wanting to guide others. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
He was born to be a senator. He never said anything important, and he always said it sonorously. Sinclair Lewis
The people are weary of detecting the voice of a corporation manager in every political utterance, in the legislature, the Governor's messages, in the expressed opinions of mayors of cities and the Senators sent by the State to Washington, and even in the decisions of judges on the bench. William Randolph Hearst
In the end, the claim of a single Senator to control all nominations in his State will be found so preposterous that it will fall of its own weight. Rutherford B. Hayes
The traditions and courtesies of the Senators and Representatives stand in the way of the Executive, however, as defined by the Constitution, and no man who is trained in the congressional school fails to suffer by them in a way that men of merely executive experience know nothing of. Rutherford B. Hayes
I am now in a contest on the question of the right of Senators to dictate or control all nominations. Mr. [Roscoe] Conkling insists that no officer shall be appointed in New York without his [Conkling's] consent, obtained previously to the nomination. Rutherford B. Hayes
Don't read our lips. Read our record. Tom Harkin
Surely we don’t want the President to lie, we don’t want our senators to lie, we don’t want our congressmen to lie. But sometimes they do. James Hamilton
Mayors make tough decisions; Senators make tough speeches. Mark Shields
The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. United States Congress
I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president. Chuck Hagel
The average Congressman has the courage of a wet noodle. Sargent Shriver
A Senator is to a microphone as a dog is to a fire hydrant. Anonymous
Every senator I know would like to be President. The question is do they want to run to be President. John McCain
Territorial Governors -- are nothing but politicians who go out to the outskirts of countries and suffer the privations there in order to build up stakes and come back as United States Senators. Mark Twain
You’re going to be respected if you can throw a punch, but you also have to prove you can do a deal. Lindsey Graham
Senators today are shying away from casting controversial votes on the proposition of any single vote can lead to their defeat. Hill
It’s like volleyball. There are setters and spikers. The chief of staff is a setter, putting the ball in the air so the Senator can spike it. Edward E. Kaufman
After you lose the Presidency, you don’t have much else to lose. My failures have helped make me a better Senator and Secretary of State…. I’m a more effective public person after some of the failures I’ve had through[out] my career. John Kerry
I’m very blessed to be in a position where I can work on these issues full-time without having to go out and raise money. John Kerry
I would listen with growing outrage as hypocritical and obtuse American Senators made all these demands of Iraqi legislators and yet themselves could not even pass budgets. Robert M. Gates
Senator Feinstein’s response to the CIA’s brutal treatment of detainees was based on emotion and feeling. Michael Hayden
We’re not sent here to poll well. We’re here to make a difference. Marco Rubio
Every Congressman, every Senator knows precisely what causes inflation...but can't, support the drastic reforms to stop it because it could cost him his job Robert A. Heinlein
We senators love to make tough speeches but hate to make tough votes. Bob Dole
an infernal ass William Howard Taft
If a senator gets drunk at home it's nobody's business. If he is drunk on the floor of the Senate, it's the public's business. Benjamin C. Bradlee
Arkansas Comes First. Mark Pryor
What can happen in 30 years? A Senator can become a multimillionaire in public office while voting 17 times against raising the minimum wage, 3 times for corporate tax breaks that send Kentucky jobs overseas and 12 times against extending unemployment benefits for laid-off workers. Allison Grimes
We elect these people not to represent their parties but to represent us. Christine Todd Whitman
It’s just a fact of life that Congressmen vote on bills that they have never even read.. Robert M. Gates
I don’t want any Senator coming in here and seeing me in a luxurious setting when I am asking for millions of dollars to help the unemployed. Harry Hopkins
No bolder seditionist ever moved amongst us as Senator Joseph McCarthy. Richard Rovere
You have to have candidates who can actually win. The winners make policy; the losers go home. Mitch McConnell
There is a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation, and I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts. Ivanka Trump