The beginning of a new Congress is rooted in precedent, tradition, and fanfare. Take a behind-the-scenes look at how the House re-creates itself every two years. From the swearing-in of Members to the organization of committees, these oral histories provide a fresh look at the pageantry, ritual, and hard work behind convening a new Congress.
Opening Day of the 81st Congress
Childhood memories of an opening day of Congress.
Opening Day Traditions of a New Congress
Institutional role of the House Radio-TV Gallery in broadcasting the Opening Day of a new Congress.
Science Subcommittee Assignments
Detailed description of the mechanics of subcommittee assignments at the beginning of a new Congress.