117th United States Congress
The 117th United States Congress was the 117th legislative cycle for the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It started on January 3, 2021, as a result of the 2020 United States Senate elections, 2020 United States House of Representatives elections and the 2020 United States presidential election. The 117th Congress ended on January 3, 2023, while the 118th United States Congress began that same day. The Democratic Party controlled the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate there are 50 Democratic senators and 50 Republican senators. Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris only votes when it is a tie. She votes for the Democrats. In the House of Representatives, the Democrats have 221 people and the Republicans have 211.
Party breakdown change
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|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 change
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|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|
|Latest voting share||51.2%||0.0%||48.8%||0.0%|
President of the Senate change
Senate President Pro Tempore change
Senate Majority Leader change
Senate Minority Leader change
Senate Majority Whip change
The Senate Majority Whip is Dick Durbin. (D)
Senate Minority Whip change
The Senate Minority Whip is John Thune. (R)
Majority Leader change
The House Majority Leader is Steny Hoyer. (D)
Minority Leader change
The House Minority Leader is Kevin McCarthy. (R)
Majority Whip change
The House Majority Whip is Jim Clyburn.
Minority Whip change
The House Minority Whip is Steve Scalise. (R)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Kamala Harris (D) became U.S. Vice President January 20, 2021, with the tie-breaking vote.
- There was 1 Libertarian at the end of the previous Congress.
- In Louisiana's 5th district: member elect Luke Letlow (R) died December 29, 2020, before the term started.
- In New York's 22nd district: the term began with the previous election disputed.
- In Louisiana's 2nd district: Cedric Richmond (D) resigned January 15, 2021, to serve in the Biden administration.
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