Congress Profiles

Choose which Congress to display:

105th Congress (1997–1999)

Congressional Profile

Total Membership:

  • 435 Representatives
  • 4 Delegates
  • 1 Resident Commissioner

Party Divisions:*

  • 207 Democrats
  • 226 Republicans
  • 2 Independent

*Party division totals are based on election day results.

House Chamber/tiles/non-collection/C/Chamber_PA2015_06_0082.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives The House Chamber was remodeled in 1950 and updated with electronic voting in 1972.

Congress Overview

Republicans retained their congressional majorities after the 1996 election, and President Bill Clinton won re-election. The 105th Congress (1997–1999) began with a bipartisan budget agreement and tax cut. But after an Independent Counsel’s report revealed inconsistencies in statements President Clinton made under oath, the House adopted two articles of impeachment against him in a rare lame-duck session following the 1998 elections.

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 105th Congress [PDF]
  • Official Alphabetical List of Members for the 105th Congress [PDF]
  • Official List of Members by State for the 105th Congress [PDF]
  • Learn more about the House of Representatives with an interactive map

Learn more about the People of the People's House

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 1
Jeff Trandahl 2
Sergeant at Arms:
Wilson (Bill) Livingood
Chaplain of the House:
James D. Ford – Lutheran
Chief Administrative Officer:
Jeff Trandahl 3
James M. Eagen, III 4
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

Legislative Activities

House Calendar
House Calendar [PDF]
House and Senate Days-In-Session Calendars (
Days-in-Session Calendars for the 105th Congress
Roll Call Votes:
105th Congress, 1st Session (1997)
105th Congress, 2nd Session (1998)
Congressional Record (
Congressional Record for 105th Congress
Committee Reports (
Committee Reports for the 105th Congress
House Journal (
House Journal for the 105th Congress
Reports to be Made to Congress:
105th Congress, 1st Session (House Document No. 105-23) [PDF]
Legislation of the 105th Congress (
Bill Summary & Status for the 105th Congress
Résumés of Congressional Activity:
Résumés of Congressional Activity for the 105th Congress [PDF]
Public Laws (
Public Laws 105th Congress

Discharge Petitions

Number Date Petition to Discharge
No. 0001 September 11, 1997 the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 141)
No. 0002 October 9, 1997 the Committee on Commerce from the consideration of the bill (H.Res. 1984)
No. 0003 October 24, 1997 the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 259)
No. 0004 June 11, 1998 the Committee on Commerce, and in addition, the Committees on Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 306)
No. 0005 June 23, 1998 the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 467)
No. 0006 June 25, 1998 the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 473)
No. 0007 July 20, 1998 the Committee on Rules from the consideration of the resolution (H. Res. 486)
No. 0008 September 17, 1998 the Committee on Veterans' Affairs from the consideration of the bill (H.R. 836)


1Resigned on December 21, 1998. See, Roll Call, "House Clerk's Office Shake-Up Continues," (January 7, 1999): 1, 21.

2Appointed by the Speaker effective January 1, 1999. See, "Appointment by the Speaker After Sine Die Adjournment," Congressional Record, 106th Cong., 1st sess., (January 6, 1999): H228.

3Appointed January 9, 1997, "to act as and to exercise temporarily" the CAO duties. See the Congressional Record, 105th Cong., 1st sess. (January 9, 1997): 76. Resigned July 1997.

4Elected by H. Res. 207, on July 31, 1997. See, Congressional Record, 105th Cong., 1st sess., (July 31, 1997): 6669.