Another SOTU tradition, which I find very American (and started in the 1960's), is the SOTU response given by a member of the opposite political party to the POTUS. This year Joni Ernst, a brand new Senator from Iowa whose campaign was dominated by hog castration, will be the 16th woman to deliver a SOTU response.
Senator Ernst may be a public figure for quite some time, so I wondered today:
how long do Senators typically serve?There are some very well known examples of career Senators, for example the lengendary badass, Daniel K. Inouye. But what of the typical Senator? Here are some numbers...
After nearly 230 years, the US Senate has more than 1855 distinct former members. The term length for Senators is 6 years (compared with the typical length of 2 years for representatives).
This is longer than the average rein of a Pope (7.3 years), but shorter than a US Supreme Court Justice (16.4 years).
GitHub repo with data is here