This web site was copied prior to December 11, 2006. It is now a Federal record managed by the National Archives and Records Administration. External links, forms, and search boxes may not function within this collection. Learn more.   [hide]
109th Congress, 2nd Session
(Header Image - Office of the Clerk)
Skip Navigation
November 13, 2006
Site Map  Help  Search
Home
Office of the Clerk
Duties of the Clerk
Offices & Services
History of the Office
Solicitations
Member Information
Committee Information
Legislative Activities
Historical Highlights
Public Disclosure
Educational Resources

Home > Office of the Clerk > Duties of the Clerk

Printer Friendly

Duties of the Clerk
As stated in Rule II of the House Rules, the Clerk is required to:
• prepare the roll of Members-elect.

• call the Members-elect to order at the commencement of each Congress; to call the roll of Members-elect, and, pending the election of the Speaker, to preserve order and decorum; and to decide all questions of order.

• prepare and distribute at the beginning of every session a list of reports required to be made to Congress.

• note all questions of order, and decisions thereon, and to print these as an appendix to the Journal of each session of the House.

• prepare and print the House Journal after each session of Congress, and to distribute the Journal to Members and to the executive and the legislature of each State.

• attest and affix the seal of the House to all writs, warrants, and subpoenas and formal documents issued by the House.

• certify the passage by the House of all bills and joint resolutions.
  • receive messages from the President and the Senate when the House is not in session.

• prepare and deliver messages to the Senate and otherwise as requested by the House.

• retain, in the official library, a permanent set of the books and documents generated by the House.

• manage the office and supervise the staff of any deceased, resigned, or expelled Member until a successor is elected.

In addition, the Clerk:

• acts as custodian of all noncurrent records of the House, pursuant to Rule VII.

• is responsible, under the supervision and direction of the U.S. House of Representatives Fine Arts Board, for the administration, maintenance, and display of the works of fine art and other similar property of the Congress for display or for other use in the House wing of the Capitol, the House Office Buildings, or any other location under the control of the House (P.L. 100-696). In addition, pursuant to the rules of the United States Preservation Commission, the Clerk may be asked to provide staff support and assistance to the Commission.

 


Solicitations
  Solicitations
Obtain Office of the Clerk solicitation requests and forms.


 

Contact Your Representative
  (Write Your Representative Icon and Link)Write Your Representative
Identify and contact your Representative using the Write Your Representative feature on the House Web site.


 

House Floor Proceedings
 

(House Floor Proceedings Icon and Link)Use the drop down menu to view Floor proceedings for the last 7 legislative days.

 

   

Duties of the Clerk | Offices & Services | History of the Office

Page last modified: December 08, 2003

Home
| Office of the Clerk | Member Information | Committee Information
Legislative Activities | Historical Highlights | Public Disclosure | Educational Resources
Kids in the House | Site Map | Help

Office of the Clerk - U.S. Capitol, Room H154, Washington, DC 20515-6601
General Assistance: , Technical Assistance:


Security and Privacy Notice