Federal Government


United States of America



FedGov600 992The Constitution of the United States divides the federal government into three branches:

Legislative - The legislative branch of government makes the country's laws, enacts legislation, confirms or ousts presidential appointments, and can declare war. The Senate and the House of Representatives are part of the legislative branch of government. There are 100 senators, two per state who serve six year terms. There are 435 elected representatives, the number varies per state depending on the state's population. Michigan has 14 representatives in the House of Representatives. House Representatives serve two year terms.

Executive - The executive branch of government carries out and enforces the country's laws. The executive branch is comprised of the President, the Vice President, the Cabinet, executive departments, independent agencies, boards and commissions and committees. The President leads the country and serves no more than two four-year terms. The Vice President can serve an unlimited number of four-year terms to support the President and becomes President if the President is unable to serve. The Cabinet is comprised of advisors nominated by the President and approved by the Senate.


Judicial - The judicial branch of government is comprised of the Supreme Court and Federal Court system to interpret the laws, apply the law to cases, and to decide if any laws violate the Constitution of the United States. Currently, there are nine justices who serve the Supreme Court until death, retirement or removal. Following is a list of contacts for the federal government.

Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government

Senate
There are 100 senators, two per state who serve six year terms in the United States Senate, a legislative branch of the United States Government. They divide their tasks among 20 committees, 68 subcommittees, and four joint committees. Although thousands of bills and resolutions are referred to these committees during the two-year Congressional terms, only a small percentage are addressed by the committees, the rest receive no further action. To learn more about the role of the Senate and its committees, visit Senate FAQs. The following two individuals currently represent the State of Michigan in the Senate:

Gary Peters, D-Michigan, Class II
724 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-6221
Email: www.peters.senate.gov/contact/email-gary
Website: http://www.peters.senate.gov/

Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, Class I
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-4822
Email: www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=contact
Website: http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/ 


House of Representatives
There are 435 elected representatives, the number varies per state depending on the state's population. Michigan has 14 representatives in the House of Representatives. House Representatives serve two year terms. For a list of Michigan's Representatives, visit House of Representatives.

There are two U.S. Representatives that represent Oak Park and its neighboring communities. They are:

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, District 14
Washington Office:
1237 Longworth House
Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5802
Southfield District Office:
26700 Lahser Road, Suite 330
Southfield, MI 48033
(248) 356-2052
Email: https://lawrence.house.gov/contact/email 
Website: https://lawrence.house.gov/ 

Congressman Sander Levin, District 9
Washington Office:

1236 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(888) 810-3880
Local Office:
27085 Gratiot Avenue
Roseville, MI 48066
(586) 498-7122
Email: https://levin.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Website: https://levin.house.gov/ 


Executive Branch of the U.S. Government

President of the United States
Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. 

President Donald Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: (202)456-1111
Switchboard: (202) 456-1414
Email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Request a Greeting: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/presidential-greetings-request
Website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama 


Vice President of the United States
Vice President Mike Pence is the 48th Vice President of the United States. 

Vice President Mike Pence
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: (202) 456-1111
Switchboard: (202) 456-1414
Email: https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact 
Website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/vice-president-biden 


The Cabinet
The Cabinet role to advise the President of the United States was established under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution of the United States. The Cabinet is comprised of the Vice President of the United States and 15 executive departments:


Judicial Branch of the United States Government

The Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States, and other federal courts established by Congress interpret the nation's laws, apply the law to cases and decides if the law is in violation of the Constitution of the United States. These entities make up the Judicial Branch of the United States Government. For more information, visit Judicial Branch of the United States Government.

Supreme Court
Currently there is one Chief Justice and eight Associate Justices serving in the Supreme Court. They are nominated by the President of the United States and approved by the Senate. Justices serve until their death, retirement or removal and do not have a fixed term. For more information, visit Supreme Court. For biographies, visit Supreme Court Justice Biographies.

The Supreme Court of the United States
One First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20543
(202) 479-3211

Federal Courts
The U.S. Courts were established under Article III of the Constitution of the United States. The courts are charged with administering fair and impartial justice within the guidelines set forth by Congress and the Constitution of the United States. They have jurisdiction over cases that involve the United States government, the Constitution, federal laws and controversies between states within the United States, or between the United States and other countries. To learn more, visit Federal Courts The power is shared between the federal and state governments, therefore the courts are structured.