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117th United States Congress

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117th United States Congress
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January 3, 2021 – January 3, 2023
Members100 senators
435 representatives
6 non-voting delegates
Senate MajorityRepublican
(until January 20, 2021)
(from January 20, 2021)
Senate PresidentMike Pence (R)
(until January 20, 2021)
Kamala Harris (D)
(from January 20, 2021)
House MajorityDemocratic
House SpeakerNancy 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 chambers. In the House of Representatives, the Democratic Party retained their majority (albeit reduced from the 116th Congress).

In the Senate, the Republican Party briefly held the majority at the beginning of the term. On January 20, 2021, three new Democratic senators (Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Alex Padilla of California) were sworn in, resulting in 50 seats held by Republicans, 48 seats held by Democrats, and two held by independents who caucus with the Democrats. Effectively, this created a 50–50 split, which had not occurred since the 107th Congress in 2001.

With Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tie breaker in her constitutional role as Senate President, the Democrats have control of the Senate, and thereby have full control of Congress for the first time since the 111th Congress in 2009, and with Joe Biden being sworn in as President on January 20, 2021, this gave the Democrats an overall federal government trifecta, also for the first time since the 111th Congress.

Major events

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.
  • H.Res. 24 (Second impeachment of Donald Trump): Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
  • S.Res. 5: A resolution honoring the memory of Officer Brian David Sicknick of the United States Capitol Police for his selfless acts of heroism on the grounds of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.
  • H.Res. 72 (Removal of Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from committee assignments): Removing a certain Member from certain standing committees of the House of Representatives
  • H.Res. 134 Condemning the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état.


  • 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
  • H.J.Res. 17: Removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment.
  • H.Res. 25: Directing the Committee on Ethics to investigate, and issue a report on, whether any and all actions taken by Members of the 117th Congress who sought to overturn the 2020 Presidential election violated their oath of office to uphold the Constitution or the Rules of the House of Representatives, and should face sanction, including removal from the House of Representatives.
  • H.Res. 332: Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal.

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
January 18, 2021[b] 45 98 2
January 20, 2021[b][c][d] 48 2 50 100 0
Latest voting share 50.0% 50.0%  

House of Representatives

(shading shows control)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent Republican Other
End of previous Congress 233 1 195 1[e] 430 5
Begin (January 3, 2021)[f][g] 222 0 211 0 433 2
January 15, 2021[h] 221 432 3
February 7, 2021[i] 210 431 4
February 11, 2021[g] 211 432 3
March 10, 2021[j] 220 431 4
March 16, 2021[k] 219 430 5
April 6, 2021[l] 218 429 6
April 14, 2021[m] 212 430 5
May 11, 2021[n] 219 431 4
May 16, 2021[o] 211 430 5
June 14, 2021[p] 220 431 4
TBD 2021[q] 212 432 3
Latest voting share 51.0% 0.0% 49.0% 0.0%  
Non-voting members 3 1[r] 2[s] 0 6 0


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


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


Democratic leadership

(Minority until January 20, 2021, majority thereafter)

Republican leadership

(Majority until January 20, 2021, minority thereafter)

House of Representatives

House Speaker


Majority (Democratic) leadership

Minority (Republican) leadership



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[v]
Vacant Republican David Perdue's term expired January 3, 2021, before a runoff election could be held.
Successor elected January 5, 2021.[a]
Jon Ossoff
January 20, 2021
Kamala Harris
Incumbent resigned on January 18, 2021, to become U.S. Vice President.
Successor appointed January 20, 2021, to complete the term.[32]
Alex Padilla
January 20, 2021
Kelly Loeffler
Interim appointee lost election to finish the term.
Successor elected January 5, 2021, for the remainder of the term that will end January 3, 2023.
Raphael Warnock
January 20, 2021

House of Representatives

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation[v]
New York 22 Vacant Anthony Brindisi's (D) term expired January 3, 2021, and the seat remained vacant due to the result of the 2020 election being disputed.
On February 5, 2021, a judge declared a winner.[33]
Claudia Tenney
February 11, 2021[34][8]
Louisiana 5 Vacant Member-elect Luke Letlow (R) died from COVID-19 on December 29, 2020, before his term started.
A special election was held March 20, 2021.[6]
Julia Letlow
April 14, 2021[35]
Louisiana 2 Cedric Richmond
Resigned January 15, 2021, to become Senior Advisor to the President and director of the Office of Public Liaison.[36][37]
A special election was held March 20, 2021, and a runoff was held on April 24, 2021.[36]
Troy Carter
May 11, 2021
Texas 6 Ron Wright
Died from COVID-19 on February 7, 2021.[10]
A special election was held on May 1, 2021, with a runoff scheduled for July 27.[38][39]
Ohio 11 Marcia Fudge
Resigned March 10, 2021, to become U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.[40]
A special election will be held on November 2, 2021.
New Mexico 1 Deb Haaland
Resigned March 16, 2021, to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior.[41]
A special election was held on June 1, 2021.[41]
Melanie Stansbury
June 14, 2021
Florida 20 Alcee Hastings
Died April 6, 2021.
A special election will be held on January 11, 2022.[42]
Ohio 15 Steve Stivers
Resigned May 16, 2021, to become the president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.[43]
A special election will be held on November 2, 2021.


Section contents: Senate, House, Joint


Prior to the passing of an organizing resolution on February 3, 2021, chairs of Senate committees remained the same as in the 116th Congress. Where the chair had retired (as in the Agriculture, Budget, and HELP committees), the chair was vacant.[44]

Committee Chair Ranking Member
Aging (Special) Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) Tim Scott (R-SC)
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) John Boozman (R-AR)
Appropriations Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Armed Services Jack Reed (D-RI) Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Budget Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Commerce, Science and Transportation Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Energy and Natural Resources Joe Manchin (D-WV) John Barrasso (R-WY)
Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE) Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
Ethics (Select) Chris Coons (D-DE) James Lankford (R-OK)
Finance Ron Wyden (D-OR) Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Foreign Relations Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Jim Risch (R-ID)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Patty Murray (D-WA) Richard Burr (R-NC)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Gary Peters (D-MI) Rob Portman (R-OH)
Indian Affairs (Permanent Select) Brian Schatz (D-HI) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Intelligence (Select) Mark Warner (D-VA) Marco Rubio (R-FL)
International Narcotics Control (Permanent Caucus) Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) John Cornyn (R-TX)
Judiciary Dick Durbin (D-IL) Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Rules and Administration Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ben Cardin (D-MD) Rand Paul (R-KY)
Veterans' Affairs Jon Tester (D-MT) Jerry Moran (R-KS)

House of Representatives

Committee Chair Ranking Member
Agriculture David Scott (D-GA) Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
Appropriations Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Kay Granger (R-TX)
Armed Services Adam Smith (D-WA) Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Budget John Yarmuth (D-KY) Jason Smith (R-MO)
Climate Crisis (Select) Kathy Castor (D-FL) Garret Graves (R-LA)
Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth (Select) TBD TBD
Education and Labor Bobby Scott (D-VA) Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Energy and Commerce Frank Pallone (D-NJ) Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Ethics Ted Deutch (D-FL) Jackie Walorski (R-IN)
Financial Services Maxine Waters (D-CA) Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
Foreign Affairs Gregory Meeks (D-NY) Mike McCaul (R-TX)
Homeland Security Bennie Thompson (D-MS) John Katko (R-NY)
House Administration Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Intelligence (Permanent Select) Adam Schiff (D-CA) Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Judiciary Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Modernization of Congress (Select) Derek Kilmer (D-WA) William Timmons (R-SC)
Natural Resources Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Bruce Westerman (R-AR)
Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) Jim Comer (R-KY)
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) Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) Sam Graves (R-MO)
Veterans' Affairs Mark Takano (D-CA) Mike Bost (R-IL)
Ways and Means Richard Neal (D-MA) Kevin Brady (R-TX)


Committee Chair Vice Chair Ranking Member Vice Ranking Member
Economic Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)
Inaugural Ceremonies (Special)
until January 20, 2021
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) Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
Printing Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Taxation[w] Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Officers and officials


House of Representatives

See also


  1. ^ a b c d The Congress began with 51 Republicans, 48 Democrats (including 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats) and 1 vacancy in the Senate. Georgia's class 2 seat was vacant from the start until Democrat Jon Ossoff was seated January 20, 2021. Georgia's class 3 Republican interim appointee Kelly Loeffler served until Democrat Raphael Warnock was seated January 20, 2021.[2]
  2. ^ a b c In California: Kamala Harris (D) resigned January 18, 2021, to become U.S. Vice President.
    Alex Padilla (D) was appointed to complete the unexpired term and began serving January 20, 2021.[3]
  3. ^ In Georgia: Kelly Loeffler (R) lost a special election to finish the term.
    Jon Ossoff (D) and Raphael Warnock (D) began their service January 20, 2021.[4][5]
  4. ^ Kamala Harris (D) became U.S. Vice President January 20, 2021, with the tie-breaking vote.
  5. ^ There was 1 Libertarian at the end of the previous Congress.
  6. ^ a b In Louisiana's 5th district: member elect Luke Letlow (R) died December 29, 2020, before the term started.[6]
  7. ^ a b c In New York's 22nd district: the term began with the previous election disputed, Claudia Tenney was declared the winner[7] and was sworn in February 11, 2021.[8]
  8. ^ a b In Louisiana's 2nd district: Cedric Richmond (D) resigned January 15, 2021, to serve in the Biden administration.[9]
  9. ^ a b In Texas's 6th district: Ron Wright (R) died February 7, 2021.[10]
  10. ^ a b In Ohio's 11th district: Marcia Fudge (D) resigned March 10, 2021, to serve in the Biden administration.[11]
  11. ^ a b In New Mexico's 1st district: Deb Haaland (D) resigned March 16, 2021, to serve in the Biden administration.[12]
  12. ^ a b In Florida's 20th district: Alcee Hastings (D) died April 6, 2021.[13]
  13. ^ a b In Louisiana's 5th district: Julia Letlow (R) won a special election on March 20, 2021. She was sworn in on April 14, 2021.[14]
  14. ^ a b In Louisiana's 2nd district: Troy Carter (D) won a special runoff election on April 24, 2021. He was sworn in on May 11, 2021.[15]
  15. ^ a b In Ohio's 15th district: Steve Stivers (R) resigned May 16, 2021, to become the president and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.[16]
  16. ^ a b In New Mexico's 1st district: Melanie Stansbury (D) won a special election on June 1, 2021. She was sworn in on June 14, 2021.[17]
  17. ^ a b In Texas's 6th district: Two Republicans advanced to a runoff, to be held July 27, after a special election was held on May 1, 2021. A Republican will be sworn in on a date TBD.[18]
  18. ^ a b c d Caucuses with Democrats.
  19. ^ Includes a New Progressive Party member who is also affiliated as a Republican.
  20. ^ a b c d e f The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) is the Minnesota affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party and its members are counted as Democrats.
  21. ^ Miller-Meeks was provisionally seated with the rest of the 117th Congress, pending the challenge by her opponent Rita Hart.[30] Hart withdrew her challenge on March 31, 2021.[31]
  22. ^ a b When seated or oath administered, not necessarily when service began.
  23. ^ The Joint Taxation Committee leadership rotate the chair and vice chair and the ranking members between the House and Senate at the start of each session in the middle of the congressional term. The first session leadership is shown here.


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