The U.S. House of Representatives is the only branch of federal government elected directly by the citizens of the United States since its founding in 1789. Use searchable profiles and historic lists to discover more about the more than 11,000 individuals elected to the House—as well as information on the officials who have served the institution.
The House Clerk organizes and presides over the House’s activities at the commencement of each Congress and is charged with a number of legislative functions.
The Sergeant at Arms is the chamber’s principal law enforcement official, charged with maintaining security on the floor and for the House side of the Capitol complex.
A tradition established by the Continental Congresses, a chaplain has opened House proceedings each day with a prayer since May 1, 1789.
The Parliamentarian is a nonpartisan official appointed by the Speaker of the House to render objective assistance on legislative and parliamentary procedure to the House of Representatives.
The Chief Administrative Officer oversees financial and administrative functions of the House.
An elected officer for nearly 206 years (1st through 103rd Congresses), the House Doorkeeper controlled access to the chamber and oversaw the press gallery.
An elected officer for nearly 160 years (24th through the 102nd Congresses), the Postmaster managed mail operations in the House of Representatives.
House Rule II outlines the duties of seven officers and officials.
The McCormack Award, created in December 1970, is named for longtime Speaker John W. McCormack of Massachusetts. The award recognizes longtime House employees who have displayed bipartisanship and dedication to the institution.
Naming rooms in the Capitol and House Office Buildings for Representatives and staff is a rarely bestowed honor that began in 1962.