To be elected to the United States Congress, you must win the popular vote in your constituency or state. But, before you can run for office, you must meet certain eligibility requirements. You must live in the state, or constituency within the state, that you wish to represent, you must be at least 25 years old and you must be a U.S. citizen.

Natural Born Not Required

Unlike the U.S. President, who must be a natural born citizen to be eligible for office, you can be elected to Congress even if you were born outside of the United States. The Constitution requires you to be a citizen for at least seven years to be eligible for a seat in the House or the Senate.

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Maya Black has been covering business, food, travel, cultural topics and decorating since 1992. She has bachelor's degree in art and a master's degree in cultural studies from University of Texas, a culinary arts certificate and a real estate license. Her articles appear in magazines such as Virginia Living and Albemarle.