ARTICLE 5 EXECUTIVE
SEC. 2. The Governor shall be an elector who has been a citizen of the United States and a resident of this State for 5 years immediately preceding the Governor's election.
SEC. 9. The Lieutenant Governor shall have the same qualifications as the Governor.
The House and the Senate have similar membership requirements. The Senate includes two senators from each of the 50 states, elected for six-year terms. To be a senator, a person must be at least 30 years old, a citizen for nine years, and a resident of the state from which he or she is elected. Most members of Congress have served in state legislatures, city councils, or other elected bodies
Are there requirements to become a Member of the House of Representatives?
Requirements for membership in the House of Representatives are provided in Article I, Section 2 of the US Constitution:
"No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the age of twenty five years, and been seven years a citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen."
Mervyn M. Dymally, Ph.D. (born May 12, 1926 in Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago) is a California politician. Currently a member of the California State Assembly, Dymally was previously a member of the United States House of Representatives, Lieutenant Governor of California and the first African American to serve in the California State Senate. As a member of the House of Representative, he was the first foreign-born black Member of Congress and the first Person of Indian Origin to serve in the U.S. Congress.