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89th Congress (1965–1967)

Congressional Profile

Total Membership:

  • 435 Representatives
  • 1 Resident Commissioner

Party Divisions:*

  • 295 Democrats
  • 140 Republicans

*Party division totals are based on election day results.

  • Election Statistics, 1964 [PDF]
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Massachusetts Representative John McCormack served five terms as Speaker of the House.

Congress Overview

The House Democratic majority grew by 36 seats, Senate Democrats retained their two-thirds’ majority, and Lyndon Johnson won election to his first full presidential term in the landslide 1964 elections. The 89th Congress (1965–1967) passed a huge burst of domestic legislation that protected voting rights, promoted education, cared for the elderly, helped clean up the water and the air, promoted the arts and humanities, advanced automobile and highway safety, and extended a helping hand to the economically disadvantaged. President Johnson dubbed this ambitious agenda “The Great Society.”

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 89th Congress [PDF]
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Leadership & Officers

Speaker of the House:
John W. McCormack (D–Massachusetts)
Majority Leader:
Carl B. Albert (D–Oklahoma)
Minority Leader:
Gerald R. Ford (R–Michigan)
Democratic Whip:
Thomas Hale Boggs (D–Louisiana)
Republican Whip:
Leslie C. Arends (R–Illinois)
Democratic Caucus Chairman:
Eugene Keogh (D–New York)
Republican Conference Chairman:
Melvin Laird (R–Wisconsin)
Clerk of the House:
Ralph R. Roberts
Sergeant at Arms:
Zeake W. Johnson
Chaplain of the House:
Bernard Braskamp – Presbyterian
William M. Miller
H. H. Morris
Lewis Deschler

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