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95th Congress (1977–1979)

Congressional Profile

Total Membership:

  • 435 Representatives
  • 3 Delegates
  • 1 Resident Commissioner

Party Divisions:*

  • 292 Democrats
  • 143 Republicans

*Party division totals are based on election day results.

  • Election Statistics, 1976 [PDF]
Thomas Philip (Tip) O'Neill, Jr./tiles/non-collection/s/speaker_oneill_2005_016_047.xml Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Serving 17 Congresses, Thomas "Tip" O'Neill of Massachusetts spent  eight in a leadership position.

Congress Overview

The Democrats retained control of Congress and won the presidency in the 1976 elections. Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill of Massachusetts succeeded Speaker Carl Albert of Oklahoma following his retirement in 1977. But despite their one-party control of the federal government, Democrats failed to pass President Jimmy Carter’s comprehensive energy program. The 95th Congress (1977–1979) produced only stop-gap energy legislation. Congress reformed the process for low- and middle-income bank loans, deregulated the airline industry, and added more than 150 federal judgeships.

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 95th Congress [PDF]
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Leadership & Officers

Speaker of the House:
Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. (D–Massachusetts)
Majority Leader:
James C. Wright, Jr. (D–Texas)
Minority Leader:
John J. Rhodes (R–Arizona)
Democratic Whip:
John W. Brademas (D–Indiana)
Republican Whip:
Robert H. Michel (R–Illinois)
Democratic Caucus Chairman:
Thomas S. Foley (D–Washington)
Republican Conference Chairman:
John B. Anderson (R–Illinois)
Clerk of the House:
Edmund L. Henshaw, Jr.
Sergeant at Arms:
Kenneth R. Harding
Chaplain of the House:
Edward G. Latch – Methodist
James T. Molloy
Robert V. Rota
William Holmes Brown

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]
Legislation of the 95th Congress (
Bill Summary & Status for the 95th Congress
Résumés of Congressional Activity:
Résumés of Congressional Activity for the 95th Congress