Freshman members of the 111th Congress

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These are the 65 freshman members of the 111th Congress. Click on a name to read information on their records and positions on issues. There were 39 Democrats (plus two non-voting members who caucus with Democrats) and 24 Republicans.

Senate freshmen

Senators elected in 2008 are members of Senate Class II.[1]

There are currently nine new Senate freshman, but four to five will join it soon:

  • Ted Kaufman (D) has been named to succeed Joe Biden (D-Del.) and Michael Bennet has been named to succeed Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) in the Senate, but the senators have not yet resigned their seats to join the Obama administration.
  • Kirsten Gillibrand has been named to succeed Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.).
  • Roland Burris (D) has been named to succeed Barack Obama (D-Ill.), but his credentials have not yet been accepted by the Senate.
  • Al Franken (D) has been certified as the winner of the Senate election in Minnesota by the state Canvassing Board, but incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman (R) has challenged the results, delaying the final certification.

The freshman class includes seven Democrats and two Republicans. It also includes Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), who were both representatives but won election to the Senate in 2008.

Picture Senator Party State Notes
Markbegich.jpg Mark Begich Democratic Alaska
KayRHagan.jpg Kay R. Hagan Democratic North Carolina
MikeJohanns.jpg Mike Johanns Democratic Nebraska
Jeffmerkley.jpg Jeff Merkley Democratic Oregon
Jimrisch.jpg Jim Risch Democratic Idaho
173px-Jeanneshaheen.jpg Jeanne Shaheen Democratic New Hampshire
Markudall.jpg Mark Udall Democratic Colorado
Tomudall.jpg Tom Udall Democratic New Mexico
Markwarner.jpg Mark R. Warner Democratic Virginia

House freshmen

There are currently 56 freshman members of the House (including one non-voting Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico and one non-voting delegate from Northern Marianas), but two others will likely join it soon:

  • A special election will be held to replace Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), who has resigned from the House to join the Obama administration. A primary is scheduled for March 3rd and a general election is set for April 7th.[1]
  • A special election will be held to replace Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) once she resigns her seat to become the Secretary of Labor in the Obama administration. Once she resigns, the California governor must call for a special election within 14 days, and the election must be held within 140 days of that.[2][3]

The freshman include 32 Democrats (plus the Northern Marianas' non-voting delegate and Puerto Rico's non-voting Resident Commissioner, both of whom caucus with the Democrats) and 22 Republicans.

Marcia L. Fudge is not counted here because she was sworn into the 110th Congress on Nov. 19, 2008 to fill the rest of Stephanie Tubbs Jones' term.[2]

Picture Name Party State Notes
Johnadler.jpg John Adler Democratic New Jersey
Steveaustria.jpg Steve Austria Republican Ohio
Johnboccieri.jpg John Boccieri Democratic Ohio
Bobbybright.jpg Bobby Bright Democratic Alabama
Anhcao.jpg Anh "Joseph" Cao Republican Louisiana
Billcassidy.jpg Bill Cassidy Republican Louisiana
Jasonchaffetz.jpg Jason Chaffetz Republican Utah
Mikecoffman.jpg Mike Coffman Republican Colorado
Geraldconnolly.jpg Gerald E. Connolly Democratic Virginia
Kathydahlkemper.jpg Kathy Dahlkemper Democratic Pennsylvania
Stevendriehaus.jpg Steven Driehaus Democratic Ohio
Johnfleming..jpg John Fleming Jr. Republican Louisiana
Alangrayson.jpg Alan Grayson Democratic Alabama
Parkergriffith.jpg Parker Griffith Democratic Alabama
Brettguthrie.jpg Brett Guthrie Republican Kentucky
Debbiehalvorson.jpg Debbie Halvorson Democratic Illinois
Greggharper.jpg Gregg Harper Republican Mississippi
Martinheinrich.jpg Martin Heinrich Democratic New Mexico
Jimhimes.jpg Jim Himes Democratic Connecticut
Duncandhunter.jpg Duncan D. Hunter Republican California
Lynnjenkins.jpg Lynn Jenkins Republican Kansas
Maryjokilroy.jpg Mary Jo Kilroy Democratic Ohio
Kirkpatrick.jpg Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic Arizona
Larrykissell.jpg Larry Kissell Democratic North Carolina
Suzannekosmas.jpg Suzanne Kosmas Democratic Florida
Frankkratovil.jpg Frank Kratovil Democratic Maryland
Leonardlance.jpg Leonard Lance Republican New Jersey
Chrislee.jpg Chris Lee Republican New York
Blaineluetkemeyer.jpg Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican Missouri
Benlujan.jpg Ben Lujan Democratic New Mexico
Cynthialummis.jpg Cynthia Lummis Republican Wyoming
Danmaffei.jpg Dan Maffei Democratic New York
Betsymarkey.jpg Betsy Markey Democratic Colorado
Ericmassa.jpg Eric Massa Democratic New York
Thomasmcclintock.jpg Thomas McClintock Republican California
Michaelmcmahon.jpg Michael McMahon Democratic New York
Walterminnick.jpg Walter Minnick Democratic Idaho
Glennnye.jpg Glenn Nye Democratic Virginia
PeteOlson.jpg Pete Olson Republican Texas
Erikpaulsen.jpg Erik Paulsen Republican Minnesota
TomPerriello.jpg Tom Perriello Democratic Virginia
Garypeters.jpg Gary Peters Democratic Michigan
Pedroperluisi.jpg Pedro Pierluisi Partido Nuevo Progresista Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner, caucuses with Democrats
Chelliepingree.jpg Chellie Pingree Democratic Maine
Jaredpolis.jpg Jared Polis Democratic Colorado
Billposey.jpg Bill Posey Republican Florida
Philroe.jpg Phil Roe Republican Tennessee
Tomrooney.jpg Tom Rooney Republican Florida
Gregorio Kilili Sablan Independent Northern Marianas (At-Large) Non-voting delegate, caucuses with Democrats[3]
Markschauer.jpg Mark Schauer Democratic Michigan
Aaronschock.jpg Aaron Schock Republican Illinois
Kurtschrader.jpg Kurt Schrader Democratic Oregon
Harryteague.jpg Harry Teague Democratic New Mexico
Glennthompson.jpg Glenn Thompson Republican Pennsylvania
Dinatitus.jpg Dina Titus Democratic Nevada
Paultonko.jpg Paul Tonko Democratic New York

Articles and references

See also


  1. Class II "Senators Whose Term of Service Expire in 2015",, retrieved January 12, 2009
  2. Official bio, Marcia Fudge's official House website, retrieved Jan. 06, 2008.
  3. Agnes E. Donato, "Kilili to caucus with Democrats in US Congress," Saipan Tribune, Nov. 17, 2008.

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