116th United States Congress

116th United States Congress
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January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2021
Members 100 senators
435 representatives
6 non-voting delegates
Senate Majority Republican
Senate President Mike Pence (R)
House Majority Democratic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D)
Sessions
1st: January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2020
2nd: January 3, 2020 – January 3, 2021

The 116th United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. It convened in Washington, D.C., on January 3, 2019, and ended on January 3, 2021, during the final two years of Donald Trump's presidency. Senators elected to regular terms in 2014 are finishing their terms in this Congress, and House seats were apportioned based on the 2010 Census.

In the November 2018 midterm elections, the Democratic Party won a new majority in the House, while the Republican Party increased its majority in the Senate. Consequently, this was the first split Congress since the 113th Congress of 2013–2015, and the first Republican Senate–Democratic House split since the 99th Congress of 1985–1987. This Congress was the youngest incoming class by mean age in the past three cycles[1] and the most demographically diverse ever.

Upon joining the Libertarian Party on May 1, 2020,[2] Justin Amash became the first member of Congress to represent a political party other than the Democrats or the Republicans since Rep. William Carney, who served as a Conservative before switching to the Republican Party in 1985. Before joining the Libertarian Party, Amash had been serving as an independent since his departure from the Republican Party on July 4, 2019.[3] Paul Mitchell also left the Republicans in December 2020, becoming an independent.[4]

Major events

House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment.
Chief Justice John Roberts presided over the Impeachment trial of Donald Trump

Major legislation

Enacted

President Trump signing the Dingell Act, March 12, 2019
President Trump signing the Hong Kong Autonomy Act, together with Executive Order 13936, July 14, 2020

Proposed (but not enacted)

Major resolutions

The Green New Deal, championed by Democrats upon their new House majority, was proposed by Senator Ed Markey (speaking) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (next to him, February 7, 2019

Adopted

Proposed

Party summary

Resignations and new members are discussed in the "Changes in membership" section below.

Senate

Affiliation Party
(shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent
(caucusing with
Democrats)
Republican
End of previous Congress 47 2 50 99 1
Begin (January 3, 2019) 45 2 52 99 1
January 8, 2019[a] 53 100 0
December 31, 2019[b] 52 99 1
January 6, 2020[b] 53 100 0
December 2, 2020[c] 46 52
Final voting share 48.0% 52.0%
Beginning of the next Congress 46 2 51 99 1

House of Representatives

Affiliation Party
(shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent Libertarian Republican
End of previous Congress 196 0 0 236 432 3
Begin (January 3, 2019)[d] 235 0 0 199 434 1
January 23, 2019[e] 198 433 2
February 10, 2019[f] 197 432 3
May 21, 2019[e] 198 433 2
July 4, 2019[g] 1 197
September 10, 2019[d][f] 199 435 0
September 23, 2019[h] 198 434 1
October 1, 2019[i] 197 433 2
October 17, 2019[j] 234 432 3
November 3, 2019[k] 233 431 4
December 19, 2019[l] 232 198
January 13, 2020[m] 197 430 5
March 30, 2020[n] 196 429 6
April 29, 2020[j] 233 430 5
May 1, 2020[g] 0 1
May 12, 2020[k][h] 198 432 3
May 22, 2020[o] 197 431 4
June 23, 2020[i] 198 432 3
July 17, 2020[p] 232 431 4
October 4, 2020[q] 197 430 5
December 1, 2020[p] 233 431 4
December 7, 2020[r] 196 430 5
December 14, 2020[s] 1 195
Final voting share 54.2% 0.2% 0.2% 45.3%  
Non-voting members 3 1 0 2 6 0
Beginning of the next Congress 222 0 0 211 433 2

Leadership

Senate

Senate President
Senate President pro tempore

House of Representatives

House Speaker

Demographics

Most members of this Congress were Christian (88.2%), with approximately half being Protestant and 30.5% being Catholic. Jewish membership is 6.4%. Other religions represented included Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. One senator said that she was religiously unaffiliated, while the number of members refusing to specify their religious affiliation increased.[29][30][31]

Roughly 96% of members held college degrees. All but 128 members were white and all but 131 members were men.[32]

Senate

The Senate included 74 men and 26 women, the most women to date. In 6 states, both senators were women; 14 states were represented by 1 man and 1 woman; and 30 states were represented by 2 men. During this Congress, Johnny Isakson retired for health reasons and Kelly Loeffler was appointed, which increased the number of women from 25 after the 2018 elections to 26. There were 91 non-Hispanic white, 4 Hispanic, 2 Black, 2 Asian, and 1 multiracial (Black/Asian) senators. Additionally, 2 senators were LGBTQ+.[1][33][better source needed] The average age of Senators at the beginning of this congress was 62.9 years.[32]

House of Representatives

There were 101 women in the House, the largest number in history.[34] There were 313 non-Hispanic white, 56 Black, 44 Hispanic, 15 Asian, and 4 Native American congress members. Seven are LGBTQ+.[35] Two Democrats — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Donna Shalala — were the youngest (30) and oldest (78) freshmen women in history.[36] Freshmen Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (DFL-MN) were the first two Muslim women and freshmen Sharice Davids (D-KS) and Deb Haaland (D-NM) were the first two Native American women elected as well.[37] The average age of Members of the House at the beginning of the 116th Congress was 57.6 years.[32]

With the election of Carolyn Maloney as the first woman to chair the House Oversight Committee,[38] women chaired a record six House committees in a single Congress (out of 26 women to ever chair House committees in the history of Congress), including House members Maxine Waters (Financial Services), Nita Lowey (Appropriations), Zoe Lofgren (Administration), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Science, Space and Technology) and Nydia Velázquez (Small Business), as well as Kathy Castor, who chaired the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.[38] In addition, women chaired a record 39 House subcommittees. Lowey and Kay Granger were also the first women to serve as chair and ranking member of the same committee in the same Congress since the since-defunct Select Committee on the House Beauty Shop, which was chaired and populated entirely by congresswomen during its existence from 1967 to 1977.

Diversity of the freshman class

The demographics of the 116th U.S. Congress freshmen were more diverse than any previous incoming class.[39][40][41]

At least 25 new congressional representatives were Hispanic, Native American, or people of color, and the incoming class included the first Native American women, the first Muslim women, and the two youngest women ever elected.[39] The 116th Congress included more women elected to the House than any previous Congress.[40][41]

Members

Senate

The numbers refer to their Senate classes. All class 1 seats were contested in the November 2018 elections. In this Congress, class 1 means their term commenced in the current Congress, requiring re-election in 2024; class 2 means their term ends with this Congress, requiring re-election in 2020; and class 3 means their term began in the last Congress, requiring re-election in 2022.

House of Representatives

Caucuses

Changes in membership

Senate

State
(class)
Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation[y]
Florida
(1)
Vacant Senator-elect chose to wait until finishing term as Governor of Florida.[42] Rick Scott
(R)
January 8, 2019
Georgia
(3)
Johnny Isakson
(R)
Incumbent resigned December 31, 2019.[43]
Successor was appointed the same day[t] to continue the term until the January 5, 2021 runoff special election.[43]
Kelly Loeffler
(R)
January 6, 2020[54]
Arizona
(3)
Martha McSally
(R)
Appointment expired following a special election.
Successor elected November 3, 2020.
Mark Kelly
(D)
December 2, 2020[55]

House of Representatives

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation[y]
North Carolina 9 Vacant Vacant from the start of the term as allegations of fraud in the 2018 general election prevented the results from being certified.
A special election was held September 10, 2019.[56]
Dan Bishop
(R)
September 17, 2019[57]
Pennsylvania 12 Tom Marino
(R)
Resigned January 23, 2019, to take job in private sector.[51]
A special election was held May 21, 2019.[58]
Fred Keller
(R)
June 3, 2019
North Carolina 3 Walter B. Jones Jr.
(R)
Died February 10, 2019.
A special election was held September 10, 2019.[59]
Greg Murphy
(R)
September 17, 2019[60]
Michigan 3 Justin Amash
(R)
Changed party July 4, 2019.[8] Justin Amash
(I)
July 4, 2019
Wisconsin 7 Sean Duffy
(R)
Resigned September 23, 2019.
A special election was held May 12, 2020.[61]
Tom Tiffany
(R)
May 19, 2020
New York 27 Chris Collins
(R)
Resigned October 1, 2019.
A special election was held June 23, 2020.[62]
Chris Jacobs
(R)
July 21, 2020
Maryland 7 Elijah Cummings
(D)
Died October 17, 2019.
A special election was held April 28, 2020.[48][63]
Kweisi Mfume
(D)
May 5, 2020
California 25 Katie Hill
(D)
Resigned November 3, 2019, due to allegations of improper relationships with staffer.
A special election was held March 3, 2020 and a runoff election was held May 12, 2020.[64][65]
Mike Garcia
(R)
May 19, 2020
New Jersey 2 Jeff Van Drew
(D)
Changed party December 19, 2019.[66] Jeff Van Drew
(R)
December 19, 2019
California 50 Duncan D. Hunter
(R)
Resigned January 13, 2020, following felony indictment.[67] Vacant until the next Congress
North Carolina 11 Mark Meadows
(R)
Resigned March 30, 2020, to become White House Chief of Staff.[68][69] Vacant until the next Congress
Michigan 3 Justin Amash
(I)
Changed party May 1, 2020.[2] Justin Amash
(L)
May 1, 2020
Texas 4 John Ratcliffe
(R)
Resigned May 22, 2020, to become Director of National Intelligence.
The seat will remain vacant until the next Congress.
Vacant until the next Congress
Georgia 5 John Lewis
(D)
Died July 17, 2020.
A special election runoff was held December 1, 2020.[70]
Kwanza Hall
(D)
December 3, 2020
Georgia 14 Tom Graves
(R)
Resigned October 4, 2020.
The seat will remain vacant until the next Congress.
Vacant until the next Congress
California 8 Paul Cook
(R)
Resigned December 7, 2020 after being elected a member of the San Bernardino County Supervisors.
The seat will remain vacant until the next Congress.
Vacant until the next Congress
Michigan 10 Paul Mitchell
(R)
Changed party December 14, 2020. Paul Mitchell
(I)
December 14, 2020

Committees

Section contents: Senate, House, Joint

Listed by chamber and then alphabetically by committee name, including chair and ranking member.

Senate

Committee Chair Ranking Member[71]
Aging (Special) Susan Collins (R-ME) Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA)
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Pat Roberts (R-KS) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Appropriations Richard Shelby (R-AL) Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Armed Services Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Jack Reed (D-RI)
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Mike Crapo (R-ID) Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Budget Mike Enzi (R-WY) Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Commerce, Science and Transportation Roger Wicker (R-MS) Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Energy and Natural Resources Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Environment and Public Works John Barrasso (R-WY) Tom Carper (D-DE)
Ethics (Select) Johnny Isakson (R-GA) until December 2019
James Lankford (R-OK) from January 2020[72]
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Finance Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Foreign Relations Jim Risch (R-ID) Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Patty Murray (D-WA)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ron Johnson (R-WI) Gary Peters (D-MI)
Indian Affairs (Permanent Select) John Hoeven (R-ND) Tom Udall (D-NM)
Intelligence (Select) Richard Burr (R-NC) until May 15, 2020
Marco Rubio (R-FL) Acting from May 18, 2020
Mark Warner (D-VA)
International Narcotics Control (Permanent Caucus) John Cornyn (R-TX) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Judiciary Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Rules and Administration Roy Blunt (R-MO) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Marco Rubio (R-FL) Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Veterans' Affairs Johnny Isakson (R-GA) until December 2019
Jerry Moran (R-KS) from January 2020[73]
Jon Tester (D-MT)

House of Representatives

Committee Chair Ranking Member
Agriculture Collin Peterson (D-MN) Mike Conaway (R-TX)
Appropriations Nita Lowey (D-NY) Kay Granger (R-TX)
Armed Services Adam Smith (D-WA) Mac Thornberry (R-TX)
Budget John Yarmuth (D-KY) Steve Womack (R-AR)
Climate Crisis (Select) Kathy Castor (D-FL) Garret Graves (R-LA)
Education and Labor Bobby Scott (D-VA) Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Greg Walden (R-OR)
Ethics Ted Deutch (D-FL) Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
Financial Services Maxine Waters (D-CA) Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
Foreign Affairs Eliot Engel (D-NY) Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Homeland Security Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Mike Rogers (R-AL)
House Administration Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Intelligence (Permanent Select) Adam Schiff (D-CA) Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Judiciary Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Doug Collins (R-GA) (until March 12, 2020)
Jim Jordan (R-OH) (from March 12, 2020)
Modernization of Congress (Select) Derek Kilmer (D-WA) Tom Graves (R-GA) (until October 4, 2020)[74]
Natural Resources Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Rob Bishop (R-UT)
Oversight and Reform Elijah Cummings (D-MD) (until October 17, 2019)[48]
Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (from October 17, 2019)
Jim Jordan (R-OH) (until March 12, 2020, from March 31, 2020 – June 29, 2020)
Mark Meadows (R-NC) (March 12, 2020 – March 30, 2020)
James Comer (from June 29, 2020)
Rules Jim McGovern (D-MA) Tom Cole (R-OK)
Science, Space and Technology Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) Frank Lucas (R-OK)
Small Business Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) Steve Chabot (R-OH)
Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Sam Graves (R-MO)
Veterans' Affairs Mark Takano (D-CA) Phil Roe (R-TN)
Ways and Means Richard Neal (D-MA) Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Joint

Committee Chair Vice Chair Ranking Member Vice Ranking Member
Economic Mike Lee (R-UT) Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (until January 16, 2020)
Don Beyer (D-VA) (from January 16, 2020)
David Schweikert (R-AZ) Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
Inaugural Ceremonies (Special) Roy Blunt (R-MO) Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Library Roy Blunt (R-MO) Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rodney Davis (R-IL) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Printing Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Roy Blunt (R-MO) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Taxation[z] Richard Neal (D-MA) Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Ron Wyden (D-OR) Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Employees and legislative agency directors

Also called "elected" or "appointed" officials, there are many employees of the House and Senate whose leaders are included here.[75]

Senate

House of Representatives

Legislative branch agency directors

See also

Elections

Membership lists

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