A legislator makes laws. Congress is full of legislators. You have several who represent you at both the state and national level.

Don't confuse a legislator with the legislature. Whereas the latter refers to the group such as the Congress, a legislator is a member of the group. At the national level, senators and representatives are given the task of writing our laws. States sometimes have different names for their two legislative houses, but the set-up is similar. The United States may be the world's oldest democracy, but legislators have been around nearly forever — the Romans had them.

Definitions of legislator

n someone who makes or enacts laws

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Thomas Hart Benton
United States legislator who opposed the use of paper currency (1782-1858)
Hilary Rodham Clinton
wife of President Clinton and later a woman member of the United States Senate (1947-)
James William Fulbright
United States senator who is remembered for his creation of grants that fund exchange programs of teachers and students between the United States and other countries (1905-1995)
John Herschel Glenn Jr.
made the first orbital rocket-powered flight by a United States astronaut in 1962; later in United States Senate (1921-)
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a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader
congressman, congresswoman, representative
a member of the United States House of Representatives
a member of the House of Commons who does not vote regularly with either the government or the Opposition
a member of the lower chamber of a legislative assembly (such as in France)
filibuster, filibusterer
a legislator who gives long speeches in an effort to delay or obstruct legislation that he (or she) opposes
floor leader
the legislator who organizes his party's strategy
a member of the House of Commons who is a minister in the government or who holds an official position in an opposition party
majority leader
leader of the majority party in a legislature
minority leader
leader of the minority party in a legislature
Member of Parliament, Parliamentarian
an elected member of the British Parliament: a member of the House of Commons
a member of a senate
party whip, whip
a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
informal abbreviation of `representative'
state senator
a member of a state senate
Type of:
lawgiver, lawmaker
a maker of laws; someone who gives a code of laws
a leader engaged in civil administration

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