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FYI, there are different rules for the beginnings of terms of presidents, senators, and representatives. The basic rules are these:
- For presidents, the Constitution provides that the term of a president elected for a full term begins at noon on January 20 in the year following the election.
- Under the Constitution, terms of senators and representatives elected to a full term begin at noon on January 3 following the election. However, when a senator doesn't present his or her credentials by that date, the term begins on the date the credentials are presented. (2 U.S.C. sec. 33.) Representative's terms still seem to begin on January 3, but they don't start get their monthly salary check paid until they take the oath. That seems to mean that if your term starts on January 3, but you appear on January 5, you will still get a full month's salary at the end of the month.
- For senators elected or appointed to fill an unexpired term, the issue is more complicated (See U.S.C. sec. 36 and this document):
- Appointees terms start as of the date of appointment.
- Where there was no senator appointed, a special election winner's term begins on the day after the election (this can mean the beginning of the term is actually backdated).
- Where there was an appointee, the beginning of the term's beginning depends on whether the Senate has resigned sine die:
- If the Senate is in session, the term begins when the new senator presents his or her credentials and takes the oath. (And the appointee's term ends that day.)
- If the Senate is in session but adjourns sine die before the senator shows up, the term begins the day after the adjournment. (The appointee's term ends with election day, i.e., the day before the new senator's term begins.)
- If the Senate is adjourned sine die at the time of the election, the term begins on the day after the election. (The appointee's term ends with adjournment.)
- For representatives elected to fill a vacancy, the term begins on the date of the special election. Again, this requires backdating. -Rrius (talk) 20:14, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
These rules may be unnecessarily complicated and certainly cause us trouble on a regular basis (and apparently confuse the hell out of the Senate Historical Office), but they are what they are, and we have to deal with them. -Rrius (talk) 20:14, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Biographies, Child named for parent or predecessor section indicates that commas should not be used "unless it is the preference of the subject or the subject's biographers". That is not the case here. Also, when an editor makes multiple edits, don't revert the entire set of changes, only the part which is actually wrong. Walter Görlitz (talk) 22:54, 6 September 2013 (UTC)