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Estates-General of the United States
113th Estates-general
Coat of arms or logo.
Type
Type of Tricameral
Leadership
Speaker for the Fisrt Estate Peg Chemberlin, (Nonpartisan Body)
since January, 2007
Speaker for the Second Estate Dianne Feinstein, (Democratic Party)
since June 28, 2010
Speaker for the Third Estate Nancy Pelosi, (Democratic Party)
since January , 2007
History
Structure
Third estate.png
Second Estate.png
Election
First Estate Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
The Estates-General of the Unites States of America is the Tricameral legislature of the

United States of America. Only members of the Third Estate are popularly elected. Two of the Chambers are currently dominated by Democrats, the other is a nonpartisan body. It is one of the last tricameral legislatures in the world.

Houses

Third Estate

The Third Estate consists of four hundred representatives of the many states elected from single seat districts for a term of two years. The Speaker for the Third Estate is elected by the members, and is third in line to the Presidency after the President and the Vice President.

The seats are apportioned among the states based on their populations. Each state has at least one, and the states, not the Federal Government, are responsible for drawing the districts.

The seats are apportioned as follows.

  • Arizona - 9
  • Arkansas - 9
  • California - 53
  • Connecticut - 5
  • Dakota - 2
  • Delaware - 1
  • Deseret - 8
  • Georgia - 21
  • Idaho - 2
  • Illinois - 51
  • Iowa - 5
  • Kansas - 5
  • Kentucky - 6
  • Louisiana - 4
  • Maine - 2
  • Maryland - 8
  • Massachusetts - 10
  • Minnesota - 8
  • Missouri - 9
  • Montana - 1
  • Nebraska - 3
  • New Hampshire - 2
  • New Jersey - 13
  • New York - 29
  • North Carolina - 13
  • Ohio - 18
  • Oregon - 5
  • Pennsylvania - 19
  • Rhode island - 2
  • South Carolina - 6
  • Tennessee - 9
  • Texas - 38
  • Veromnt - 1
  • Virginia - 14
  • Washington - 9
  • Wyoming - 1

Second Estate

The Second Estate consists of a delegation of between 3 and eleven members from every state. These are assigned by the state legislatures. The current Speaker is Dianne Feinstein. The Speaker for the Second Estate is fouth in line for the Presidency after the Speaker for the Third Estate. There are currently 238 Delegates and 36 Delegations.

First Estate

The Delegates of the First Estate are chosen for their high moral standards and wisdom by the Governors of the states. There are eight delegates from each state and 288 delegates. The First Estate holds some judicial powers relating to the interpretation of the constitution. It is generally socially conservative and less representative of the general poplace than either of the other houses, but serves as an important check between the other powers.

The current speaker for the First Estate is Peg Chamberlain. The speaker is fifth in line to the Presidency after the Speaker for the Second Estate.

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