*Party division totals are based on election day results.
The mixed 1970 election produced a smaller Senate Democratic majority and a larger majority for House Democrats. Oklahoma’s Carl Albert succeeded the retiring John McCormack of Massachusetts as Speaker. The 92nd Congress (1971–1973) sent the states a constitutional amendment lowering the voting age to 18, which they quickly ratified as the 26th Amendment. Congress passed a resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam after President Richard Nixon extended the conflict into neighboring Cambodia. Congress also renewed the President’s authority to impose wage—price controls over the economy.
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1Disappeared on a flight from Anchorage to Juneau, Alaska, October 16, 1972. Presumed dead pursuant to House Resolution 1, at the commencement of the 93rd Congress.
2Elected October 1, 1972.
3Resigned September 30, 1972.
4Resigned June 30, 1972.
5Elected July 1, 1972.