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From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms

Presiding Officer

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Senate: A majority-party senator who presides over the Senate and is charged with maintaining order and decorum, recognizing members to speak, and interpreting the Senate’s rules, practices and precedents.

House: The Speaker is the presiding officer in the House of Representatives. (Article I., Section 2.)

Also see “A Note About Usage: ‘Congress’“; Appeal; Point of Order.

Judicial Conference: The Chief Justice of the United States is the presiding officer of the Judicial Conference. Membership is comprised of the chief judge of each judicial circuit, the Chief Judge of the Court of International Trade, and a district judge from each regional judicial circuit.


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