117th United States Congress

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117th United States Congress
116th  
  118th
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January 3, 2021 – January 3, 2023
Members100 senators
435 representatives
6 non-voting delegates
Senate Majority Republican
(until January 20, 2021)
Democratic
(from 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)
Sessions
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.

Contents

The 2020 elections decided control of both houses. In the House of Representatives, the Democratic Party retained their majority. In the Senate, out of 100 seats, Republicans hold 50, Democrats hold 48, and Independents caucusing with the Democrats hold two. With the tie-breaking vote of the vice president, Kamala Harris, the Democratic caucus controls the Senate.

Major events

2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol (January 6, 2021) 2021 storming of the United States Capitol 09 (cropped).jpg
2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol (January 6, 2021)
Joe Biden takes the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States Biden oath of office.jpg
Joe Biden takes the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States

Major legislation

Enacted

Proposed (but not enacted)

Major resolutions

Adopted

Proposed

Party summary

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

Senate

 Party
(shading shows control)
TotalVacant
Democratic Independent
(caucusing with
Democrats)
Republican
End of previous Congress 462521000
Begin (January 3, 2021) [lower-alpha 1] 46251991
January 18, 2021 [lower-alpha 2] 45982
January 20, 2021 [lower-alpha 2] [lower-alpha 3] [lower-alpha 4] 482501000
Latest voting share 

House of Representatives


 Party
(shading shows control)
TotalVacant
Democratic Independent Republican Other
End of previous Congress 23311951 [lower-alpha 5] 4305
Begin (January 3, 2021) [lower-alpha 6] [lower-alpha 7] 222021104332
January 15, 2021 [lower-alpha 8] 2214323
Latest voting share 
Non-voting members 31 [lower-alpha 9] 2060

Leadership

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

Senate

Senate President
Vice President Pence Official Portrait (cropped).jpg
Mike Pence (R),
until January 20, 2021
Kamala Harris official photo (cropped).jpg
Kamala Harris (D),
from January 20, 2021
Senate President pro tempore
Chuck Grassley official photo 2017.jpg
Chuck Grassley (R),
until January 20, 2021
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Patrick Leahy (D),
from January 20, 2021

Presiding

Democratic leadership

(Minority until January 20, 2021, majority thereafter)

Republican leadership

(Majority until January 20, 2021, minority thereafter)

House of Representatives

House Speaker

Presiding

Majority (Democratic) leadership

Minority (Republican) leadership

Members

Senate

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

Senate

State
(class)
VacatorReason for changeSuccessorDate of successor's
formal installation [lower-alpha 12]
Georgia
(2)
VacantRepublican David Perdue's term expired January 3, 2021, before a runoff election could be held.
Successor elected January 5, 2021. [lower-alpha 1]
Jon Ossoff
(D)
January 20, 2021
California
(3)
Kamala Harris
(D)
Incumbent resigned on January 18, 2021, to become U.S. Vice President.
An interim successor will continue the term.
It is unknown if there will be a special election to finish the term. [18]
Alex Padilla
(D)
January 20, 2021
Georgia
(3)
Kelly Loeffler
(R)
Interim appointee lost election to finish the term.
Successor elected January 5, 2021.
Raphael Warnock
(D)
January 20, 2021

House of Representatives

DistrictVacatorReason for changeSuccessorDate of successor's
formal installation [lower-alpha 12]
Louisiana 5 VacantMember-elect Luke Letlow (R) died December 29, 2020, before his term started.
A special election will be held March 20, 2021. [5]
TBDTBD
New York 22 Vacant Anthony Brindisi's (D) term expired January 3, 2021, and the seat will remain vacant while votes from the 2020 election are being reviewed by a judge.TBDTBD
Louisiana 2 Cedric Richmond
(D)
Resigned January 15, 2021, to become Senior Advisor to the President and director of the Office of Public Liaison. [19] [20]
A special election will be held March 20, 2021. [19]
TBDTBD
New Mexico 1 Deb Haaland
(D)
Incumbent expected to resign to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior. [21]
A special election would then be held on a date TBD. [21]
TBDTBD
Ohio 11 Marcia Fudge
(D)
Incumbent expected to resign to become U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. [22]
A special election would then be held on a date TBD. [22]
TBDTBD

Committees

Section contents: Senate, House, Joint

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

Senate

CommitteeChairRanking Member
Aging (Special) Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA) Susan Collins (R-ME)
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) Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Budget Bernie Sanders (I-VT)TBD
Commerce, Science and Transportation Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Energy and Natural Resources Joe Manchin (D-WV) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE) John Barrasso (R-WY)
Ethics (Select) Chris Coons (D-DE) James Lankford (R-OK)
Finance Ron Wyden (D-OR) Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Foreign Relations Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Jim Risch (R-ID)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Patty Murray (D-WA)TBD
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Gary Peters (D-MI) Rob Portman (R-OH)
Indian Affairs (Permanent Select)TBD John Hoeven (R-ND)
Intelligence (Select) Mark Warner (D-VA)TBD
International Narcotics Control (Permanent Caucus)TBD John Cornyn (R-TX)
Judiciary Dick Durbin (D-IL) Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Rules and Administration Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Ben Cardin (D-MD) Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Veterans' Affairs Jon Tester (D-MT) Jerry Moran (R-KS)

House of Representatives

CommitteeChairRanking 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)TBD
Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth (Select)TBDTBD
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)TBD
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)

Joint

CommitteeChairVice ChairRanking MemberVice Ranking Member
Economic TBDTBDTBDTBD
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)TBDTBDTBD
Printing TBDRep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)TBDTBD
Taxation [lower-alpha 13] Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA)TBDTBDRep. Kevin Brady (R-TX)

Officers and officials

Senate

House of Representatives

See also

Notes

  1. 1 2 3 4 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. [1]
  2. 1 2 3 In California: Kamala Harris (D) resigned January 18, 2021, to become U.S. Vice President.
    Alex Padilla (D) was appointed to continue the unexpired term and began serving January 20, 2021. [2]
  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. [3] [4]
  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. 1 2 In Louisiana's 5th district : member elect Luke Letlow (R) died December 29, 2020, before the term started. [5]
  7. 1 2 In New York's 22nd district : the term began with the previous election disputed. [6]
  8. 1 2 In Louisiana's 2nd district : Cedric Richmond (D) resigned January 15, 2021 to serve in the Biden administration.
  9. 1 2 3 4 Caucuses with Democrats.
  10. 1 2 3 4 5 6 The Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) is the Minnesota affiliate of the U.S. Democratic Party and its members are counted as Democrats.
  11. Miller-Meeks was conditionally seated with the rest of the 117th Congress, pending the challenge by her opponent Rita Hart. [17]
  12. 1 2 When seated or oath administered, not necessarily when service began.
  13. 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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