117th United States Congress

117th United States Congress
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January 3, 2021 – January 3, 2023
Members 100 senators
435 representatives
6 non-voting delegates
Senate Majority Republican[a]
(until at least January 20, 2021)
(no sooner than January 20, 2021)
Senate President Mike Pence (R)
(until January 20, 2021)
Kamala Harris (D)
(from January 20, 2021)
House Majority Democratic
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D)
1st: January 3, 2021 – present

The 117th United States Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives. It convened in Washington, D.C., on January 3, 2021, during the final weeks of Donald Trump's presidency, and will end on January 3, 2023. It will meet during the first two years of Joe Biden's presidency.

The 2020 elections decided control of both houses. In the House, the Democratic Party retained their majority. In the Senate, out of 100 seats, Republicans will hold 50, Democrats will hold 48, and Independents caucusing with the Democrats will hold 2. With the tie-breaking vote of newly elected Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, who will take office on January 20, 2021, the Democratic caucus will control the Senate, no sooner than January 20, 2021.

Major events

Construction of the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol

Major legislation


Proposed (but not enacted)

Major resolutions


  • H.Res. 21: Calling on Vice President Michael R. Pence to convene and mobilize the principal officers of the executive departments of the Cabinet to activate section 4 of the 25th Amendment to declare President Donald J. Trump incapable of executing the duties of his office and to immediately exercise powers as acting President.[2]
  • H.Res. 24 (Second impeachment of Donald Trump): Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.[3]


  • H.Con.Res. 1: Regarding consent to assemble outside the seat of government
  • H.Res. 14: Censuring and condemning President Donald J. Trump for attempting to overturn the results of the November 2020 presidential election in the State of Georgia

Party summary

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


(shading shows control)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent
(caucusing with
End of previous Congress 46 2 52 100 0
Begin (January 3, 2021)[a] 46 2 51 99 1
TBD[b] 48 2 50 100 0
Latest voting share 48.5% 51.5%  

House of Representatives

(shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Republican Other
End of previous Congress 233 195 2[c] 430 5
Begin (January 3, 2021)[d][e] 222 211 0 433 2
Latest voting share 51.3% 48.7% 0.0%  
Non-voting members 3 2 1[f] 6 0


Note: Democrats refer to themselves as a "Caucus"; Republicans refer to themselves as a "Conference".


Senate President
Mike Pence
Mike Pence (R),
until January 20, 2021
Kamala Harris (D),
from January 20, 2021
Senate President pro tempore

House of Representatives

House Speaker



The numbers refer to their Senate classes. All class 1 senators are in the middle of their term (2019–2025), having been elected in 2018 and facing re-election in 2024. Class 2 senators are at the beginning of their term (2021–2027), having been elected in 2020. Class 3 senators are at the end of their term (2017–2023), facing re-election in 2022.

House of Representatives

All 435 seats were filled by election in November 2020.

Changes in membership


Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation[i]
Vacant Republican David Perdue's term expired on January 3, 2021, before a runoff election could be held.
Successor elected January 5, 2021.[a]
Jon Ossoff
Kelly Loeffler
Appointment expiring following a special election.
Successor elected January 5, 2021.
Raphael Warnock
Kamala Harris
Incumbent will resign by January 20, 2021, to become U.S. Vice President.
An interim successor will continue the term. It is not clear if the Governor of California will also call a special election to finish the term.[17]
Alex Padilla

House of Representatives

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation[i]
Louisiana 5 Vacant Member-elect Luke Letlow (R) died December 29, 2020, before his term started.
A special election will be held March 20, 2021.[15]
New York 22 Vacant Anthony Brindisi's (D) term expired on January 3, 2021, and the seat will remain vacant while votes from the 2020 election are being reviewed by a judge. TBD TBD
Louisiana 2 Cedric Richmond
Incumbent expected to resign to become Senior Advisor to the President and director of the Office of Public Liaison.[18]
A special election will be held March 20, 2021.[18]
New Mexico 1 Deb Haaland
Incumbent expected to resign to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior.[19]
A special election would then be held on a date TBD.[19]
Ohio 11 Marcia Fudge
Incumbent expected to resign to become U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.[20]
A special election would then be held on a date TBD.[20]


Section contents: Senate, House, Joint

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


House of Representatives


Committee Chair Vice Chair Ranking Member Vice Ranking Member
Inaugural Ceremonies (Special) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Library Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) TBD TBD TBD
Printing TBD Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) TBD TBD
Taxation[j] Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) TBD TBD Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Officers and Officials


House of Representatives

See also