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Senate of Iran

Senate House of Iran
Coat of arms or logo
Ebrahim Hakimi (1951-1957)
Hasan Taqizadeh (1957-1960)
Mohsen Sadr (1960-1964)
Jafar Sharif-Emami (1964-1978)
Mohammad Sajadi (1978-1979)
Seats 100
Meeting place
Senate, Tehran, Iran

The Senate of Iran (Persian: Kakh-e Majles-e Sena, کاخ مجلس سنا) was the upper house legislative chamber in Iran from 1949 to 1979. A bicameral legislature had been established in the 1906 Persian Constitutional Revolution but the Senate was not actually formed until after the Iran Constituent Assembly, 1949, as an expression of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's desire for more political power. The Senate was filled mainly with men who were supportive of the Shah's aims, as intended by Pahlavi.

The Senate was disbanded after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, when the new constitution established a unicameral legislature. As of 2015 the former Senate building was used by the Assembly of Experts.


  • History 1
    • Constitution 1.1
    • The Building 1.2
    • Members 1.3
    • List of Speakers 1.4
    • Dissolution 1.5
  • Major events 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • See also 4
  • References and notes 5



Established as per Chapter 3, Article 45 of the Persian Constitution of 1906,

The Building

The Senate House of Iran was designed by architect Heydar Ghiaï in 1955.[1] The construction was led by Rahmat Safai, the dome being one of the most technically challenging projects in the entire endeavor.

The building is depicted on the reverse of the Iranian 100 rials banknote.[2]


Jafar Sharif-Emami, as President of the Senate until 1978
  • Mahmoud Hessaby (1951–1963).
  • Ali Dashti for 1954-1979.[3]
  • Jafar Sharif-Emami, Prime Minister of Iran (1960-1961 & 1978), was a member of the Iranian Senate.[4][5] He was its President[6] for a number of years.
  • Jamshid Aalam (1973–1979)

List of Speakers

Name Entered office Left office Party
Senate House
1 Ebrahim Hakimi 19 August 1951 1 March 1957 Party for Progress
2 Hasan Taqizadeh 1 March 1957 1 September 1960 Liberal Party
3 Mohsen Sadr 11 September 1960 11 September 1964 Socialist Party
4 Jafar Sharif-Emami 11 September 1964 24 March 1978 Rastakhiz
5 Mohammad Sajadi 24 March 1978 10 February 1979 National Front


Following the Iranian revolution in 1979, the government became unicameral, the senate was dissolved and the new Majlis convened in the senate building.

Major events

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and the Royal Family at Persian (Iranian) Senate, Tehran, 1975
  • 1950 (February 9), first inaugural session presided over by Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
  • 1952, plebiscite in 1953, won the votes, and dissolved both the Majlis and Senate.[7] Upon Mossadeq's ouster, the legislative bodies were revived.
  • 1961, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi dissolved both the Majlis and Senate;[8] some time later they were restored.


  • M. Ghiai, Iran Senate House, Max Gerard Edt.Draeger Paris, 1976 ISBN 2-85119-008-3

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ Max Gérard, Iran Senate House Heydar Ghiaï, Editions Draeger, 1976
  2. ^ Central Bank of Iran. Banknotes & Coins: 100 Rials. – Retrieved on 24 March 2009.
  3. ^ Muslims (Library of Religious Beliefs and Practices), page 213, ISBN 978-0-415-34882-9
  4. ^ | Archive Pages
  5. ^ [2]Memoirs of Sharif-Emami, Prime Minister Persian Language ISBN 0-932885-22-5
  8. ^ Confidential, U.S. State Department, Central Files IRAN, 1960-January 1963, Internal Affairs and Foreign Affairs
  9. ^ "Iranian senate's approval of Shahpour Bakhtiar's government noted" ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 15, 1979

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