The Breakfast Club & State Senate
The Breakfast Club & State Senate
Carl Reed (President Pro Tempore):
Carl Reed is the only other adult in the movie. He is the janitor but works and speaks closely with both Vernon and the kids. When Vernon is not around he often takes the leading role and the kids in detention will answer to him.
John Bender (Majority Leader):
John Bender acts as the spokesperson for all the other kids in detention. He is always the one to speak out and speak for most of the group. He leads them in doing things and strongly influences decisions that are made. John Bender also often acts as a filibuster as he will talk forever in attempt to both use time and get what he wants.
Brian Johnson (Minority Whip): Brian Johnson is considered a nerd. He is very low in the social world and most people don't care about what he has to say. However, in detention, his role is slightly different. He quickly becomes a supporter of Claire and speaks out in an attempt to get others to support her as well. Brian will lobby for what he stands for and what Claire is saying.
Allison Standish (Committee Chairpersons): Alison is the outcast in the group. She is the weird one that no one wants to talk to. But overall she ends up being a really important figure in the library that day. She listens more than she speaks so she is able to observe how things work and what makes them work. She is often someone who considers decisions and what should be happening.
Andrew Clark (Majority whip): Andrew Clark is a popular wrestler at school. He is also very high in the social heirarchy. Because of this, many people follow his lead and listen to his word. Throuought the movie he begins to support John Bender and convinces others to act along with him.
Claire Standish (Minority Leader): Claire is another kid in detention and again represents a lot of the group. She has less power and is less respected than John Bender but still carries power as she is considered high up in the social heirarchy at school.
Richard Vernon (President of the Senate):
Richard Vernon is the teacher in charge of detention the day the movie takes place. The main similarity between Vernon and the President of the Senate is that they both get the final vote when a close and controversial issue arrives within the Senate or the group of kids in detention. Both roles carry a lot of power.
Majority whip (Dick Durbin):
In charge of keeping track of members of their party and organizing them for votes and legislative action. The Majority whip also works as a liaison between different members and the other party. Also in charge of creating and developing strategy within the Caucus.
The Minority whip has the same role as the Majority whip but it is used for the minority party.
Committee Chairpersons are chosen almost always from seniority and time served in the senate. These people are in charge of determining if a bill should or should not be considered and also come together to work on keeping order during Senate meetings.
President of the Senate (Mike Pence):
The President of the Senate is mainly used as a tiebreaker within the Senate. This is the person a dilemma is brought to and then resolved with the tiebreaking vote.
Majority Leader (Mitch McConnell):
The Senate Majority Leader is a pivotal role in the United States Congress. This position is elected by other party members and represents the majority party. This person acts as a spokesperson for the majority party. The Majority leader is also in charge of scheduling legislative matters and how things are to be proposed on the Senate floor. As well, this position must keep his/her party informed about all current legislative matters.
Minority Leader (Chuck Schumer):
The Minority Leader is responsible for the minor political party in the Senate. This position is the close counterpart to the Majority Leader. The Minority Leader is in charge of the organization and coordination of the party’s agenda in the Senate. The Senate Minority Leader must be aware of ongoing national and international agendas, while also being aware of legislative occurrences. This role is expected to create and keep space for the minority voice.
President pro tempore (Orrin Hatch):
The President Pro Tempore is basically the person that fills in for the vice president when unavailable. This is typically someone of the majority party and having had the longest continuous service.