Meet the Clerk

Karen L. Haas, Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, was the second woman to serve as an officer of the House when she previously served as Clerk from 2005–2007.

Learn more about Ms. Haas and the Clerk's role in the legislative process.

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For Teachers

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Welcome to the U.S. House of Representatives

The U.S. House of Representatives plays an important role in the United States government. Learn more about its Members, responsibilities, and history through these lessons and activities.

House Officers

What Is Congress?

House Officers

The House Officers play important roles in the day-to-day functioning of the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn about their duties and responsibilities.

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How a Bill Becomes a Law

How Laws Are Made

How a Bill Becomes a Law

The U.S. House of Representatives' most important job is creating, debating, and voting on bills to make laws for the United States. Learn the steps a bill takes to become a law.

Hispanic Americans in Congress

Art & History

Hispanic Americans in Congress

Joseph Marion Hernández, the first Hispanic American in Congress, was elected as Florida’s Territorial Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1822. Learn about more than 100 Hispanic Americans who have followed in his footsteps!

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The House Chamber

Around the Capitol

The House Chamber

The House Chamber serves as the location of all legislative activity in the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn more about its history and heritage.

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