115th United States Congress

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115th United States Congress
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January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019
Senate President Joe Biden (D)
until January 20, 2017
Mike Pence (R)
since January 20, 2017
Senate Pres. pro tem Orrin Hatch (R)
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R)
Members 100 Senators
435 Representatives
6 Non-voting members
Senate Majority Republican
House Majority Republican
Sessions
1st: January 3, 2017 – present

The One Hundred Fifteenth United States Congress is the current meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It is scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2017, to January 3, 2019, during the final weeks of the Obama presidency and the first two years of the Trump presidency. The elections of November 2016 maintained Republican control of both the House and Senate.

Contents

Major events[edit]

Major legislation[edit]

Proposed[edit]

Party summary[edit]

Resignations and new members are discussed in the "Changes in membership" section, below.
Senate membership
  46 Democrats
  2 Independents caucusing with Democrats

Senate[edit]

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent Republican
End of previous Congress 44 2 54 100 0
Begin (January 3, 2017) 46 2 52 100 0
February 8, 2017[note 1] 51 99 1
February 9, 2017[note 2] 52 100 0
Latest voting share 48.0% 52.0%

House of Representatives[edit]

House membership
  238 Republicans
  193 Democrats
  4 Vacant
Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent Republican
End of previous Congress 187 0 246 433 2
Begin (January 3, 2017) 194 0 241 435 0
January 23, 2017[note 3] 240 434 1
January 24, 2017[note 4] 193 433 2
February 10, 2017[note 5] 239 432 3
February 16, 2017[note 6] 238 431 4
March 1, 2017[note 7] 237 430 5
Latest voting share 44.9% 0.0% 55.1%
Non-voting members 3 1 2 6 0

Leadership[edit]

[ Section contents: Senate: Majority (R), Minority (D)House: Majority (R), Minority (D) ]

Senate[edit]

Senate President
Joe Biden
Joe Biden (D)
Until January 20, 2017
Mike Pence
Mike Pence (R)
From January 20, 2017
Senate President pro tempore

Majority (Republican) leadership[edit]

Minority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

Party leaders[edit]

Republican[edit]
Democratic[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

House Speaker
Paul Ryan

Majority (Republican) leadership[edit]

Minority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

Party leaders[edit]

Republican[edit]
Democratic[edit]

Members[edit]

Senate[edit]

For year of birth, when first took office, when current term expires, prior background, and education, see List of current United States Senators.

The numbers refer to their Senate classes. All of the class 3 seats were contested in the November 2016 elections.

House of Representatives[edit]

For year of birth, when first took office, prior background, and education, see Current members of the United States House of Representatives.

All 435 seats were filled by election on November 8, 2016.

Committees[edit]

[Section contents: Senate, House, Joint ]
Listed alphabetically by chamber, including Chairman and Ranking Member.

Senate[edit]

Committee Chairman Ranking Member
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Roberts, PatPat Roberts (R-KS) Stabenow, DebbieDebbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Appropriations Cochran, ThadThad Cochran (R-MS) Leahy, PatrickPatrick Leahy (D-VT)
Armed Services McCain, JohnJohn McCain (R-AZ) Reed, JackJack Reed (D-RI)
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Crapo, MikeMike Crapo (R-ID) Brown, SherrodSherrod Brown (D-OH)
Budget Enzi, MikeMike Enzi (R-WY) Sanders, BernieBernie Sanders (I-VT)
Commerce, Science and Transportation Thune, JohnJohn Thune (R-SD) Nelson, BillBill Nelson (D-FL)
Energy and Natural Resources Murkowski, LisaLisa Murkowski (R-AK) Cantwell, MariaMaria Cantwell (D-WA)
Environment and Public Works Barrasso, JohnJohn Barrasso (R-WY) Carper, TomTom Carper (D-DE)
Finance Hatch, OrrinOrrin Hatch (R-UT) Wyden, RonRon Wyden (D-OR)
Foreign Relations Corker, BobBob Corker (R-TN) Cardin, BenBen Cardin (D-MD)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Alexander, LamarLamar Alexander (R-TN) Murray, PattyPatty Murray (D-WA)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Johnson, RonRon Johnson (R-WI) McCaskill, ClaireClaire McCaskill (D-MO)
Indian Affairs Hoeven, JohnJohn Hoeven (R-ND) Udall, TomTom Udall (D-NM)
Judiciary Grassley, ChuckChuck Grassley (R-IA) Feinstein, DianneDianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Rules and Administration Shelby, RichardRichard Shelby (R-AL) Klobuchar, AmyAmy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Risch, JimJim Risch (R-ID) Shaheen, JeanneJeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Veterans' Affairs Isakson, JohnnyJohnny Isakson (R-GA) Tester, JonJon Tester (D-MT)
Aging Collins, SusanSusan Collins (R-ME) Casey Jr., BobBob Casey Jr. (D-PA)
Ethics Isakson, JohnnyJohnny Isakson (R-GA) Coons, ChrisChris Coons (D-DE)
Intelligence Burr, RichardRichard Burr (R-NC) Warner, MarkMark Warner (D-VA)
Narcotics Grassley, ChuckChuck Grassley (R-IA) Feinstein, DianneDianne Feinstein (D-CA)

House of Representatives[edit]

Committee Chairman[10] Ranking Member
Agriculture Conaway, MikeMike Conaway (R-TX) Peterson, CollinCollin Peterson (D-MN)
Appropriations Frelinghuysen, RodneyRodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) Lowey, NitaNita Lowey (D-NY)
Armed Services Thornberry, MacMac Thornberry (R-TX) Smith, AdamAdam Smith (D-WA)
Budget Price, TomTom Price (R-GA) Yarmuth, JohnJohn Yarmuth (D-KY)
Education and the Workforce Foxx, VirginiaVirginia Foxx (R-NC) Scott, BobbyBobby Scott (D-VA)
Energy and Commerce Walden, GregGreg Walden (R-OR) Pallone, FrankFrank Pallone (D-NJ)
Ethics Brooks, SusanSusan Brooks (R-IN) Sánchez, LindaLinda Sánchez (D-CA)
Financial Services Hensarling, JebJeb Hensarling (R-TX) Waters, MaxineMaxine Waters (D-CA)
Foreign Affairs Royce, EdEd Royce (R-CA) Engel, EliotEliot Engel (D-NY)
Homeland Security McCaul, MichaelMichael McCaul (R-TX) Thompson, BennieBennie Thompson (D-MS)
House Administration Harper, GreggGregg Harper (R-MS) Brady, BobBob Brady (D-PA)
Judiciary Goodlatte, BobBob Goodlatte (R-VA) Conyers, JohnJohn Conyers (D-MI)
Natural Resources Bishop, RobRob Bishop (R-UT) Grijalva, RaúlRaúl Grijalva (D-AZ)
Oversight and Government Reform Chaffetz, JasonJason Chaffetz (R-UT) Cummings, ElijahElijah Cummings (D-MD)
Rules Sessions, PetePete Sessions (R-TX) Slaughter, LouiseLouise Slaughter (D-NY)
Science, Space & Technology Smith, Lamar S.Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) Johnson, Eddie BerniceEddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Small Business Chabot, SteveSteve Chabot (R-OH) Velázquez, NydiaNydia Velázquez (D-NY)
Transportation and Infrastructure Shuster, BillBill Shuster (R-PA) DeFazio, PeterPeter DeFazio (D-OR)
Veterans' Affairs Roe, PhilPhil Roe (R-TN) Walz, TimTim Walz (D-MN)
Ways and Means Brady, KevinKevin Brady (R-TX) Neal, RichardRichard Neal (D-MA)
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Nunes, DevinDevin Nunes (R-CA) Schiff, AdamAdam Schiff (D-CA)

Joint[edit]

Committee Chairman Ranking Member Vice Chairman Vice Ranking Member
Joint Economic Committee Rep. Tiberi, PatPat Tiberi (R-OH) Sen. Heinrich, MartinMartin Heinrich (D-NM) Sen. Lee, MikeMike Lee (R-UT) Rep. Maloney, CarolynCarolyn Maloney (D-NY)
Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (Special) Sen. Blunt, RoyRoy Blunt (R-MO) Rep. Pelosi, NancyNancy Pelosi (D-CA) Rep. Ryan, PaulPaul Ryan (R-WI) Sen. Schumer, ChuckChuck Schumer (D-NY)
Joint Committee on the Library [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] Sen. Klobuchar, AmyAmy Klobuchar (D-MN) Sen. Shelby, RichardRichard Shelby (R-AL) Rep. Brady, BobBob Brady (D-PA)
Joint Committee on Printing Sen. Shelby, RichardRichard Shelby (R-AL) Rep. Brady, BobBob Brady (D-PA) [Data unknown/missing. You can help!] Sen. Klobuchar, AmyAmy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Joint Committee on Taxation Rep. Brady, KevinKevin Brady (R-TX) Sen. Wyden, RonRon Wyden (D-OR) Sen. Hatch, OrrinOrrin Hatch (R-UT) Rep. Neal, RichardRichard Neal (D-MA)

Changes in membership[edit]

Senate[edit]

State
(class)
Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation
Alabama
(2)
Jeff Sessions
(R)
Resigned February 8, 2017, to become United States Attorney General.[11]
An interim successor was appointed February 9, 2017.
A special election will be held November 6, 2018 to finish the term.[12]
Luther Strange
(R)
February 9, 2017[13]

House of Representatives[edit]

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date successor
seated
Kansas 4th Pompeo, MikeMike Pompeo
(R)
Resigned January 23, 2017, to become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.[14]
A special election will be held on April 11, 2017.[15]
TBD TBD
California 34th Becerra, XavierXavier Becerra
(D)
Resigned January 24, 2017, to become Attorney General of California.[16]
A special election will be held on April 4, 2017.
Georgia 6th Price, TomTom Price
(R)
Resigned February 10, 2017, to become United States Secretary of Health and Human Services.
A special election will be held on April 18, 2017.[17]
South Carolina 5th Mulvaney, MickMick Mulvaney
(R)
Resigned February 16, 2017, to become Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
A special election will be held on June 20, 2017.[18]
Montana's At-large Zinke, RyanRyan Zinke
(R)
Resigned March 1, 2017, to become United States Secretary of the Interior.
A special election will be scheduled.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) resigned February 8, 2017.
  2. ^ Sen. Luther Strange (R-Alabama) was appointed February 9, 2017.
  3. ^ Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas's 4th district) resigned January 23, 2017.
  4. ^ Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-California's 34th district) resigned January 24, 2017.
  5. ^ Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia's 6th district) resigned February 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina's 5th district) resigned February 16, 2017.
  7. ^ Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana's at-large district) resigned March 1, 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "House Overwhelmingly Votes to Condemn UN Resolution on Israel Settlements". Fox News. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ Cortellessa, Eric (January 6, 2017). "US House Passes Motion Repudiating UN Resolution on Israel". The Times of Israel. Retrieved January 17, 2017. 
  3. ^ Caldwell, Leigh Ann (January 12, 2017). "Senate Approves First Step Toward Repealing Obamacare in Late-Night Session". NBC News. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ Kurtzleben, Danielle (January 12, 2017). "Senate Takes First Step To Repeal Obamacare — So What's Next?". NPR. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  5. ^ "DeVos Confirmed as Education Secretary, Pence Casts Historic Tie-Breaking Vote". Fox News. February 7, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Michael Strafford, Caitlin Emma, Kimberly Heffling (February 7, 2017). "Senate confirms DeVos as secretary of education". Politico. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c CBS News
  8. ^ a b c Everett, Burgess; Schor, Elana (November 16, 2016). "Senate Democrats settle on leadership team, Sanders elevated". Politico. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/chris-van-hollen-dscc-chair-231621
  10. ^ "Committee Chair Recommendations for the 115th Congress". Speaker.gov. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ United States Congress. "Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III (id: S001141)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved February 14, 2017. 
  12. ^ http://www.waka.com/2017/02/14/gov-bentley-sets-date-special-election-fill-alabama-u-s-senate-seat/
  13. ^ "The Latest: Strange to be sworn in as US senator Thursday". Associated Press. San Francisco Chronicle. February 9, 2017. Retrieved February 9, 2017. 
  14. ^ https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4651445/rep-mike-pompeo-resignation-letter-read-house-senate-cia-director-confirmation
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/govsambrownback/status/824031755434938372
  16. ^ McDonnell, Patrick J. (January 24, 2017). "Xavier Becerra takes oath of office, is first Latino to become California attorney general". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  17. ^ http://patch.com/georgia/roswell/gov-deal-calls-special-election-6th-congressional-district-seat
  18. ^ http://www.sunherald.com/news/business/article133160529.html

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