View synonyms for House of Representatives

House of Representatives


  1. the lower legislative branch in many national and state bicameral governing bodies, as in the United States, Mexico, and Japan. : H.R., HR

House of Representatives


  1. (in the US) the lower chamber of Congress
  2. (in Australia) the lower chamber of Parliament
  3. the sole chamber of New Zealand's Parliament: formerly the lower chamber
  4. (in the US) the lower chamber in many state legislatures

House of Representatives

  1. The lower house of the United States Congress . With 435 popularly elected officials, the House (as it is often called) is the most representative body in the federal government. House seats are apportioned ( see apportionment ) relative to each state's population. Because of its larger size, the House tends to maintain a closer link to local constituent concerns than the Senate , though both houses of Congress participate in virtually all aspects of legislation and policymaking. The Speaker of the House is one of the most influential officials in Washington, D.C. , and is second in succession to the presidency, after the vice president.

Discover More

Example Sentences

The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act — the MORE Act — was passed in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives last year with hopes of legalizing the drug at the federal level.

From Ozy

It was never accepted by the Republican-led House of Representatives, which largely opposed the measure.

In response, the state’s House of Representatives took the unprecedented step on Thursday of expelling Simons — the first time in its history the procedure has ever been used, the Bismark Tribune reported.

In the statesWe still don't quite know the makeup of the next House of Representatives, but we're getting close.

Along with its Big Tech brethren Facebook, Google, and Apple, Amazon also is in the crosshairs of House of Representatives investigators.

From Fortune


Related Words

Discover More

More About House Of Representatives

What is the House of Representatives?

The House of Representatives is one of the two houses of the United States Congress and is often referred to as “the House.” The number of representatives each state has in the House of Representatives is proportional to its population.

Congress is the legislative branch of the federal government, meaning it creates federal, or nationwide, laws. It is divided into two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Every US state is represented by at least one member of the House, known as a representative. The number of representatives a state gets is determined by its population as calculated in the US Census. The total membership of the House includes representatives of the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who attend House meetings but are unable to vote.

Members of the House of Representatives represent citizens in their state’s congressional districts and serve two-year terms. They are elected by citizens in their district.

While either house can draft a law, both houses must vote on it and the bill must receive a majority vote in both houses in order to be given to the president, who then signs it into law.

The Senate and the House must also agree in order to exercise some of Congress’s other powers. Both houses must agree to declare war or create new taxes, for example.

The House of Representatives has several powers on its own, such as drafting all revenue bills, deciding who will be president if there is no majority in the Electoral College, and impeaching all executive officers, including the president.

Why is the House of Representatives important?

The House of Representatives, along with Congress as a whole, was established by the US Constitution, the document that serves as the fundamental law of the country. Article I, Section 1 states, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”

Article I, Section 2 established the House of Representatives specifically and outlines its structure and rules of membership. The rest of Article I specifically states the powers and responsibilities of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and Congress.

The House of Representatives was envisioned as the house of Congress that would best represent the will of the people because members would be directly elected by the people. (Senators were elected by their state’s legislatures until 1913; today a state’s citizens elect its senators.)

Even in early American history, though, the House of Representatives has been plagued by a problem that hasn’t affected the Senate. Congressional districts are determined by state governments, which often distribute them in a way that gives an unfair advantage to one political party, a practice called gerrymandering. This unfair practice is extremely unpopular with voters. Despite this, the Supreme Court has continued to leave redistricting policies up to the states.

Did you know … ?

In the 1824 election, no presidential candidate achieved the majority of electoral votes needed to win the presidential election. The House of Representatives exercised its power and chose John Quincy Adams as president over candidate Andrew Jackson. Jackson supporters’ referred to this decision as the “Corrupt Bargain” because Adams had a suspiciously close relationship with House speaker Henry Clay, who Adams would later choose to be Secretary of State.

What are real-life examples of House of Representatives?

This photograph shows the chamber of the House of Representatives.

<img loading="lazy" class="size-medium" src="" width="1080" height="566" />


As is often the case in politics, Americans talk a lot about the House of Representatives and its members on social media.

Quiz yourself!

True or False?

Members of the House of Representatives serve two-year terms.

Word of the Day


[ak-suh-lot-l ]

Meaning and examples

Start each day with the Word of the Day in your inbox!

By clicking "Sign Up", you are accepting Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policies.




house of prostitutionhouse of study