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104th Congress (1995–1997)

Congressional Profile

Total Membership:

  • 435 Representatives
  • 4 Delegates
  • 1 Resident Commissioner

Party Divisions:*

  • 204 Democrats
  • 230 Republicans
  • 1 Independent

*Party division totals are based on election day results.

  • Election Statistics, 1994 [PDF]
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Congress Overview

Republicans swept the 1994 elections and won control of both the House and Senate for the first time in 40 years. Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia set an ambitious course behind the Republican “Contract with America.” President Bill Clinton successfully vetoed Republican spending and tax cuts; an ensuing budget impasse resulted in two government shutdowns. In 1996, Congress and the White House compromised on an overhaul of the nation’s welfare system.

Member Information

  • Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress, (1774–2005), Official Annotated Membership Roster by State with Vacancy and Special Election Information for the 104th Congress [PDF]
  • Official Alphabetical List of Members for the 104th Congress [PDF]
  • Official List of Members by State for the 104th Congress [PDF]
  • Learn more about the House of Representatives with an interactive map

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Committee Information

Leadership & Officers

Speaker of the House:
Newt Gingrich (R–Georgia)
Majority Leader:
Richard K. Armey (R–Texas)
Minority Leader:
Richard A. Gephardt (D–Missouri)
Democratic Whip:
David E. Bonior (D–Michigan)
Republican Whip:
Tom DeLay (R–Texas)
Democratic Caucus Chairman:
Vic Fazio (D–California)
Republican Conference Chairman:
John A. Boehner (R–Ohio)
Clerk of the House:
Robin H. Carle
Sergeant at Arms:
Wilson (Bill) Livingood
Chaplain of the House:
James D. Ford – Lutheran
Chief Administrative Officer:
Scot M. Faulkner 1
Jeff Trandahl 2
Charles W. Johnson

To view complete lists of individuals who have served in these leadership and official positions since the 1st Congress, visit the People section


1Resigned November 22, 1996. CQ Almanac (1996) 104th Congress, 2nd sess.: 1-20.

2Appointed November 22, 1996. "Congressional (Speaker) Press Release," November 22, 1996. Roll Call, 25 November 1996: 1; 16.