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One of the biggest mistakes ever made through our Constitutional Amendment process, perhaps with the exception of the 16th Amendment – income taxes – was the decision to ratify the 17th Amendment and directly elect Senators. Previously, Senators were chosen by the state legislatures. Members of the House of Representatives were elected directly by the people to represent their interests. Senators were chosen by the state legislatures to represent the interests of the states. This was part of the Great Compromise, or Connecticut Compromise, which helped settle the dispute between large and small states over how Representatives and Senators would be apportioned.