AP Style Senate

Capitalize all specific references to governmental legislative bodies, regardless of whether the name of the state or nation is used. For example,

  • the U.S. Senate
  • the Senate
  • the Virginia Senate
  • the state Senate
  • the Senate

Lowercase plural uses. For example,

  • The Virginia and Michigan senates debated similar amendments.

See also AP Style Governmental Bodies.

The same principles apply to non-U.S. bodies.

Lowercase references to non-governmental bodies. For example,

  • The student senate at Yale was holding a meeting.

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