109th congress - Legislative Branch Profile of the 109th...

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Legislative Branch Profile of the 109 th Congress Party Breakdown Affiliation House Senate Republican 232 55 Democrat 201 44 Independent 1 1 Vacancy 1 - House Senate Longest Serving Member Rep. John Dingell (D-Mi) 49yrs Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), 46 yrs Average Age 56 60 Youngest Age Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), 29 yrs Oldest Age Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), 87 yrs Black 42 1 Hispanic 27 3 Asian/ other Pacific Islander 6 2 American Indian 1 0 Foreign Born 9 1 Military Service 110 31 Gender House Senate Male: 367 Male: 86 Female: 68 Female: 14
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Leadership in Both House and Senate Senate President of the Senate: Richard Cheney (R – Wyoming) – authorized to nominate individuals to the U.S. Military, Naval, and Air Force Academies. President Pro Tempore of the Senate: Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) – presides over the Senate in the absence of the Vice President and is third in the line of succession for the presidency, following the Vice President and the Speaker of the House. Majority Leader: Bill Frist (R-Tennessee) – evolved into a complex legislative body, while remaining true to its constitutional origins. Minority Leader: Harry Reid (D-Nevada) – stand up for values such as opportunity, personal responsibility, and security. Majority Whip: Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) – a key foreign policy perch, and a senior member of the Agriculture and Rules Committees. Minority Whip: Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) – serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee in more than a quarter of a century. House of Representatives Speaker of the House: Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) – presides over the session; decides on all questions of order, subject to appeal by any member; signs all acts, resolutions, memorials, writs, warrants and subpoenas issued by or upon order of the House; appoints, suspends, dismisses or disciplines House personnel; and exercise administrative functions. Majority Leader: John Boehner (R-Ohio) – aside from being the spokesperson of the majority party, is to direct the deliberations on the floor. Education Levels (all members) Former Occupations (all members) Bachelor’s Degree Doctoral Degree Law Degree Master’s Degree Medical Degree 494 19 228 141 17 Accountants Broadcast Business Congressional Staffers Doctors Former State Legislators Law Pilots Public Service 6 7 193 107 13 275 217 4 195
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Majority Whip: Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) – protecting the jobs of Guardsmen and Reservists whose service in the Armed Forces cannot currently be considered when the Department of Defense awards defense contracts. Minority Leader: Nancy Pelosi (D-California) – elected in party caucus of all members of the House in the minority party. Minority Whip:
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