Explore the Capitol's 3rd Floor
The Senate Chamber is located in the south wing. The Senate, with 38 members, occupies the smaller of the two chambers. Each Senator is elected to a four-year term from a district of about 245,000 constituents. The presiding officer in the Senate, called the President of the Senate, is the lieutenant governor of the state.
Restoration of the Senate Chamber was completed in January 1990. Although architecturally nearly identical to the House Chamber, their very different color schemes render each chamber unique. Rather than the House's terra cottas and teals, here you see vibrant blues and silvers. The decorative paint in both chambers features elaborately stenciled and freehand designs, gold leaf, and colored glazes.
As in the House Chamber, skylights once again allow natural light to stream through ruby-and-white etched-glass panels in the beautiful coffered ceilings. More light is provided by four original chandeliers (there are six in the House Chamber) which glitter overhead. They consist of brass, lead crystal and fire-hardened glass, and are lowered on pulleys for cleaning.