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Why are there more members of the house of representatives than of the senate?


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July 25, 2014 9:42PM

Because the the Senate was set up to have only two members per state, and the House was set up to have an arbitrary, fixed but changable number of members, representing each state based on population. Some Founding Fathers feared being dominated by states with large populations, while others feared being dominated by sparsely populated states, so this was a gives BOTH groups a voice