Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Educational Experiences

Experiencing Exhibits FAQ’s


Ever wonder about the United States Senate? At the Kennedy Institute we are constantly answering questions and asking questions about the “World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.” Join a Kennedy Institute interpreter who will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the Senate in fun videos that last about 5 minutes.

What is the Great Compromise?

Do Senators Sit by State in the Senate Chamber?

Do Washington, D.C. and the U.S. territories have Senators?

Does Seniority Matter in the Senate?

How Does The Senate Vote?

What is the Senate Candy Desk?

What are the “heads” in the Senate Chamber Visitor Gallery?

FAQ 101:

Need to get back to the basics? Join a Kennedy Institute interpreter as they explore introductory questions about the senate, government, laws, and more. 101 videos last about 2 minutes.

What is the Role of the Judiciary in the lawmaking process?

What is the Role of the President in the Lawmaking process?

What is the role of the Senate in the lawmaking process?

What is the Role of the House of Representatives in the Lawmaking Process?

What are the 3 Branches of Government?

How Does a Bill Become a Law?

What are the steps to confirm a Supreme Court Justice?