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List of new members of the 105th United States Congress

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The 105th United States Congress began on January 3, 1997. There were fourteen new senators (six Democrats, eight Republicans) and 72 new representatives (42 Democrats, 30 Republicans) at the start of the first session. Additionally, nine representatives (five Democrats, four Republicans) took office on various dates in order to fill vacancies during the 105th Congress before it ended on January 3, 1999.


State Image Senator Seniority Switched party Prior background Birth year
Jeff Sessions (R) 10th
(96th overall)
Open seat; replaced Howell Heflin (D)
Alabama Attorney General
U.S. Attorney
Tim Hutchinson (R) 7th
(93rd overall)
Open seat; replaced David Pryor (D)
U.S. House of Representatives
Arkansas House of Representatives
Wayne Allard (R) 5th
(91st overall)
Open seat; replaced Hank Brown (R)
U.S. House of Representatives
Colorado Senate
Max Cleland (D) 8th
(94th overall)
Open seat; replaced Sam Nunn (D)
Georgia Secretary of State
Administrator of Veterans Affairs
Georgia State Senate
Dick Durbin (D) 2nd
(88th overall)
Open seat; replaced Paul Simon (D)
U.S. House of Representatives 1944
Pat Roberts (R) 1st
(87th overall)
Open seat; replaced Nancy Kassebaum (R)
U.S. House of Representatives 1936
Mary Landrieu (D) 9th
(95th overall)
Open seat; replaced J. Bennett Johnston (D)
Louisiana State Treasurer
Louisiana House of Representatives
Susan Collins (R) 13th
(99th overall)
Open seat; replaced William Cohen (R)
None 1952
Chuck Hagel (R) 12th
(98th overall)
Open seat; replaced J. James Exon (D)
None 1946
New Jersey
Robert Torricelli (D) 3rd
(89th overall)
Open seat; replaced Bill Bradley (D)
U.S. House of Representatives 1951
Gordon H. Smith (R) 11th
(97th overall)
Open seat; replaced Mark Hatfield (R)
Oregon State Senate 1952
Rhode Island
Jack Reed (D) 6th
(92nd overall)
Open seat; replaced Claiborne Pell (D)
U.S. House of Representatives
Rhode Island Senate
South Dakota
Tim Johnson (D) 4th
(90th overall)
Defeated Larry Pressler (R)
U.S. House of Representatives
South Dakota Senate
South Dakota House of Representatives
Mike Enzi (R) 14th
(100th overall)
Open seat; replaced Alan Simpson (R)
Wyoming Senate
Wyoming House of Representatives
Mayor of Gillette

House of Representatives

Took office January 3, 1997

District Representative Switched party Prior background Birth year
Alabama 3 Bob Riley (R) Yes Businessman 1944
Alabama 4 Robert Aderholt (R) Yes Judge 1965
Arkansas 1 Robert Marion Berry (D) No Domestic Policy Council 1942
Arkansas 2 Vic Snyder (D) No State Senator 1947
Arkansas 3 Asa Hutchinson (R) No U.S. Attorney 1950
California 10 Ellen Tauscher (D) Yes Campaign chair 1951
California 22 Walter Capps (D) Yes Professor 1934
California 24 Brad Sherman (D) No State Board of Equalization 1954
California 27 James E. Rogan (R) No State Assemblyman 1957
California 46 Loretta Sanchez (D) Yes Financial analyst 1960
Colorado 1 Diana DeGette (D) No State Representative 1957
Colorado 4 Bob Schaffer (R) No State Senator 1962
Connecticut 5 James H. Maloney (D) Yes State Senator 1948
Florida 2 Allen Boyd (D) No State Representative 1945
Florida 11 Jim Davis (D) No State Representative 1957
Florida 19 Robert Wexler (D) No State Senator 1961
Illinois 5 Rod Blagojevich (D) Yes State Representative 1956
Illinois 7 Danny K. Davis (D) No County Commissioner 1941
Illinois 20 John Shimkus (R) Yes Army Lieutenant colonel 1958
Indiana 7 Edward A. Pease (R) No State Senator 1951
Indiana 10 Julia Carson (D) No State Senator 1938
Iowa 3 Leonard Boswell (D) Yes State Senator 1934
Kansas 1 Jerry Moran (R) No State Senator 1954
Kansas 3 Vince Snowbarger (R) No State Representative 1949
Kentucky 3 Anne Northup (R) Yes State Representative 1948
Louisiana 5 John Cooksey (R) Yes Air Force Reserve Command 1941
Louisiana 7 Chris John (D) Yes State Representative 1960
Maine 1 Tom Allen (D) Yes Mayor of Portland 1945
Massachusetts 3 Jim McGovern (D) Yes Congressional staffer 1959
Massachusetts 6 John F. Tierney (D) Yes Attorney 1951
Massachusetts 10 Bill Delahunt (D) No District attorney 1941
Michigan 8 Debbie Stabenow (D) Yes State Senator 1950
Michigan 15 Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D) No State Representative 1945
Mississippi 3 Chip Pickering (R) Yes Businessman 1963
Missouri 7 Roy Blunt (R) No Secretary of State of Missouri 1950
Missouri 9 Kenny Hulshof (R) Yes Prosecutor 1958
Montana at-large Rick Hill (R) Yes Surety 1946
Nevada 2 Jim Gibbons (R) No State Assemblyman 1944
New Hampshire 1 John E. Sununu (R) No Mechanical engineer 1964
New Jersey 8 Bill Pascrell (D) Yes State Assemblyman 1937
New Jersey 9 Steve Rothman (D) No Mayor of Englewood 1952
New Jersey 12 Michael James Pappas (R) No Chosen Freeholder 1960
New York 4 Carolyn McCarthy (D) Yes Licensed practical nurse 1944
North Carolina 2 Bob Etheridge (D) Yes Superintendent of Public Instruction 1941
North Carolina 4 David Price (D) Yes Professor 1940
North Carolina 7 Mike McIntyre (D) No Lawyer 1956
Ohio 6 Ted Strickland (D) Yes U.S. Representative 1941
Ohio 10 Dennis Kucinich (D) Yes State Senator 1946
Oklahoma 3 Wes Watkins (R) Yes Air National Guard 1938
Oregon 2 Robert Freeman Smith (R) No U.S. Representative 1931
Oregon 5 Darlene Hooley (D) Yes State Representative 1939
Pennsylvania 5 John E. Peterson (R) No State Senator 1938
Pennsylvania 16 Joe Pitts (R) No State Representative 1939
Rhode Island 2 Robert Weygand (D) No Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island 1948
South Dakota at-large John Thune (R) Yes Legislative aide 1961
Tennessee 1 Bill Jenkins (R) No State Representative 1936
Tennessee 9 Harold Ford Jr. (D) No Congressional staffer 1970
Texas 1 Max Sandlin (D) No County judge 1952
Texas 2 Jim Turner (D) No State Senator 1946
Texas 5 Pete Sessions (R) Yes Marketing manager 1955
Texas 8 Kevin Brady (R) No State Representative 1955
Texas 9 Nick Lampson (D) Yes Tax assessor 1945
Texas 12 Kay Granger (R) Yes Mayor of Fort Worth 1943
Texas 14 Ron Paul (R) No U.S. Representative 1935
Texas 15 Rubén Hinojosa (D) No State Board of Education 1940
Texas 16 Silvestre Reyes (D) No U.S. Border Patrol 1944
Utah 2 Merrill Cook (R) No Explosives manufacturer 1946
Utah 3 Chris Cannon (R) Yes Venture capitalist 1950
Virginia 5 Virgil Goode (D) No State Senator 1946
Washington 9 Adam Smith (D) Yes State Senator 1965
Wisconsin 3 Ron Kind (D) Yes District attorney 1963
Wisconsin 8 Jay W. Johnson (D) Yes Broadcaster 1943

Took office during the 105th Congress

District Representative Took office Switched party Prior background Birth year
New York 13 Vito Fossella (R) April 11, 1997 No City Councilor 1965
Texas 28 Ciro Rodriguez (D) April 12, 1997 No State Representative 1946
New Mexico 3 Bill Redmond (R) May 13, 1997 Yes Chaplain 1955
New York 6 Gregory Meeks (D) February 3, 1998 No State Assemblyman 1953
California 22 Lois Capps (D) March 17, 1998 No Nurse 1938
California 44 Mary Bono (R) April 7, 1998 No Waitress 1961
California 9 Barbara Lee (D) April 21, 1998 No State Senator 1946
Pennsylvania 1 Bob Brady (D) May 19, 1998 No Professor 1945
New Mexico 1 Heather Wilson (R) June 25, 1998 No Air Force Captain 1960

See also

Preceded by New members of the 105th Congress
Succeeded by
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