Caucus totals at the beginning of the 111th Congress are 256 Democrats and 178 Republicans in the US House of Representatives, with :1 one seat vacant.

Leadership & Committees Edit

U.S. House leadershipEdit

Democratic LeadershipEdit

The following members were selected by House Democrats to serve in the leadership during the 111th Congress:

Position Member
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Calif.)
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.)
Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.)
Caucus Chair John Larson (Ct.)
Caucus Vice-chair Xavier Becerra (Calif.)
DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md)

Republican LeadershipEdit

The following members were selected by House Republicans to serve in the leadership during the 111th Congress:

Position Member
Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio)
Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.)
Conference Chair Mike Pence (Ind.)
Policy Committee Chairman Thad McCotter (Mich.)
Conference Vice-chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.)
Conference Secretary John Carter (Texas)
Chairman of NRCC Pete Sessions (Texas)

Committee chairmanshipsEdit

The following members were selected to serve as committee chairs during the 111th Congress, and ranking members based on the information available on December 17, 2008.[1]

Committee Chairperson Ranking Member
House Committee on AgricultureAgriculture Rep. Collin Peterson, (D-Minn.) Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.)
House Committee on AppropriationsAppropriations Rep. David Obey, (D-Wis.) Rep. Jerry Lewis, (R-Calif.)
House Committee on Armed ServicesArmed Services Rep. Ike Skelton, (D-Mo.) Rep. John M. McHugh, (R-N.Y.)
House Committee on BudgetBudget Rep. John Spratt, (D-S.C.) Rep. Paul D. Ryan, (R-Wis.)
House Committee on Education and LaborEducation and Labor (formerly "Education and the Workforce")* Rep. George Miller, (D-Calif.) Rep. Howard McKeon, (R-Calif.)
House Committee on Energy and CommerceEnergy and Commerce Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-Calif.) Rep. Joe Barton, (R-Texas)
House Ethics CommitteeEthics** Rep. Zoe Lofgren, (D-Calif.) Rep. Jo Bonner, (R-Ala.)
House Committee on Financial ServicesFinancial Services Rep. Barney Frank, (D-Mass.) Rep. Spencer Bachus, (R-Ala.)
House Committee on Foreign AffairsForeign Affairs (formerly "International Relations")* Rep. Howard L. Berman, (D-Calif.) Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-Fla.)
House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global WarmingGlobal Warming Rep. Edward Markey, (D-Mass.) Rep. James Sensenbrenner, (R-Wis.)
House Committee on Homeland SecurityHomeland Security Rep. Bennie Thompson, (D-Miss.) Rep. Peter King, (R-N.Y.)
House Committee on House AdministrationHouse Administration Rep. Robert A. Brady, (D-Penn.) Rep. Vernon Ehlers, (R-Mich.)
House Permanent Select Committee on IntelligenceIntelligence Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) Rep. Peter Hoekstra, (R. Mich.)
House Committee on the JudiciaryJudiciary Rep. John Conyers, (D-Mich.) Rep. Lamar Smith, (R-Texas)
House Committee on Natural ResourcesNatural Resources (formerly "Resources")* Rep. Nick Rahall, (D-W.Va.) Rep. Doc Hastings, (R-Wash.)
House Committee on Oversight and Government ReformOversight and Government Reform (formerly "Government Reform")* Rep. Edolphus Towns, (D-N.Y.) Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.)
House Committee on RulesRules Rep. Louise Slaughter, (D-N.Y.) Rep. David Dreier, (R-Calif.)
House Committee on Science and TechnologyScience and Technology (formerly "Science")* Rep. Bart Gordon, (D-Tenn.) Rep. Ralph Hall, (R-Texas)
House Committee on Small BusinessSmall Business Rep. Nydia Velazquez, (D-N.Y.) Rep. Sam Graves, (R-Mo.)
House Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureTransportation and Infrastructure Rep. James Oberstar, (D-Minn.) Rep. John Mica, (R-Fla.)
House Committee on Veterans' AffairsVeterans' Affairs Rep. Bob Filner, (D-Calif.) Rep. Steve Buyer, (R-Ind.)
House Committee on Ways and MeansWays and Means Rep. Charles Rangel, (D-N.Y.) Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.)

*Former committee names.
**Members of the Ethics Committee can serve only three consecutive terms. Current Chairman Gene Green (D-Texas) and Ranking Member Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) have served the limit, and may be replaced on the committee (though either can serve if asked to remain in a leadership position on the committee).

Freshman membersEdit

The 111th Congress convened with 65 freshman members, including two non-voting members.


  • January 8, 2009 — Joint session to count the Electoral College votes of the 2008 Presidential election
  • January 20, 2009 — Inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden


Rule changesEdit

To be determined


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To be determined

Articles and resourcesEdit


  1. Alan K. Ota and Michael Teitelbaum, "GOP Picks Ranking Members for 111th," CQ Politics, December 15, 2008

External resourcesEdit

External articlesEdit


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