114th United States Congress

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
For a general discussion of the United States government's legislative branch, see United States Congress.
114th United States Congress
113th ← → 115th
U.S. Capitol (September 2015)

Duration: January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017

Senate President: Joe Biden (D)
Senate Pres. pro tem: Orrin Hatch (R)
House Speaker: John Boehner (R)
until October 29, 2015
Paul Ryan (R)
from October 29, 2015
Members: 100 Senators
435 Representatives
6 Non-voting members
Senate Majority: Republican
House Majority: Republican

1st: January 6, 2015[1] – December 18, 2015[2]
2nd: January 4, 2016[2] – January 3, 2017[3]

The One Hundred-Fourteenth United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, D.C. from January 3, 2015, to January 3, 2017, during the final two full years of Barack Obama's presidency. The 2014 elections gave the Republicans control of the Senate (and control of both houses of Congress) for the first time since the 109th Congress. With 247 seats in the House of Representatives and 54 seats in the Senate, this Congress began with the largest Republican majority since the 71st Congress of 1929–1931.


Major events

President Barack Obama gave the State of the Union Address on January 20, 2015
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on March 3, 2015
Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew defending the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 23, 2015
File:Pope Francis Visits the United States Capitol (22153720701).jpg
Pope Francis, addresses Congress, in 2015, as Head of State of Vatican City.

Major legislation




Party summary

Resignations and new members are discussed in the "Changes in membership" section, below.


Final composition of the U.S. Senate.
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent Republican
End of previous Congress 53 2 45 100 0
Begin (January 3, 2015) 44 2 54 100 0
Latest voting share 46% 54%

House of Representatives

Final composition of the U.S. House of Representatives.
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total Vacant
Democratic Independent Republican
End of previous Congress 201 0 234 435 0
Begin (January 3, 2015) 188 0 247 435 0
January 5, 2015[note 1] 246 434 1
February 6, 2015[note 2] 245 433 2
March 31, 2015[note 3] 244 432 3
May 5, 2015[note 4] 245 433 2
June 2, 2015[note 5] 246 434 1
September 10, 2015[note 6] 247 435 0
October 31, 2015[note 7] 246 434 1
June 7, 2016[note 8] 247 435 0
June 23, 2016[note 9] 187 434 1
July 20, 2016[note 10] 186 433 2
September 6, 2016[note 11] 246 432 3
November 8, 2016 [note 12] 188 247 435 0
December 4, 2016 [note 13] 187 434 1
December 31, 2016 [note 14] 246 433 2
Latest voting share 43% 0% 57%
Non-voting members 4 1 1 6 0
Beginning of the next Congress 194 0 241 435 0


[ Section contents: Senate: Majority (R), Minority (D)House: Majority (R), Minority (D) ]


Senate President
Joe Biden (D)
Senate President pro tempore
Orrin Hatch (R)

Majority (Republican) leadership

Minority (Democratic) leadership

House of Representatives

House Speaker
John Boehner
John Boehner (R)
Until October 29, 2015
Paul Ryan
Paul Ryan (R)
From October 29, 2015

Majority (Republican) leadership

Minority (Democratic) leadership



Senators are listed by state and then by Senate classes, In this Congress, Class 3 meant their term ended with this Congress, requiring re-election in 2016; Class 1 meant their term began in the last Congress, requiring re-election in 2018; and Class 2 meant their term began in this Congress, requiring re-election in 2020.

House of Representatives

For maps of congressional districts, see List of United States congressional districts.

Changes in membership


There were no changes in Senate membership during this Congress.

House of Representatives

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date successor
New York 11th Michael Grimm
Incumbent resigned January 5, 2015, following a guilty plea on one count of felony tax evasion.[23]
A special election was held May 5, 2015.[24]
Daniel Donovan
May 12, 2015
Mississippi 1st Alan Nunnelee
Incumbent died February 6, 2015.[25]
A special election runoff was held June 2, 2015.[26][27]
Trent Kelly
June 9, 2015
Illinois 18th Aaron Schock
Incumbent resigned March 31, 2015, following a spending scandal.[28][29]
A special election was held September 10, 2015.
Darin LaHood
September 17, 2015
Ohio 8th John Boehner
Incumbent resigned October 31, 2015.[30]
A special election was held June 7, 2016.
Warren Davidson
June 9, 2016[31]
Pennsylvania 2nd Chaka Fattah
Incumbent resigned June 23, 2016, following a conviction of corruption charges.[32]
A special election was held November 8, 2016.[33]
Dwight Evans
November 14, 2016
Hawaii 1st Mark Takai
Incumbent died July 20, 2016.[34]
A special election was held November 8, 2016.[35]
Colleen Hanabusa
November 14, 2016
Kentucky 1st Ed Whitfield
Incumbent resigned September 6, 2016, following an ethics investigation.[36]
A special election was held November 8, 2016.[37]
James Comer
November 14, 2016
California 44th Janice Hahn
Incumbent resigned December 4, 2016, to become a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.[38]
No special election was held and the seat remained vacant until the next Congress. Hahn did not run for re-election in 2016.
Vacant until the next Congress
Michigan's 10th Candice Miller
Incumbent resigned December 31, 2016, to become Macomb County Public Works Commissioner.[39]
No special election was held and the seat remained vacant until the next Congress. Miller did not run for re-election in 2016.


[Section contents: Senate, House, Joint ] Listed alphabetically by chamber, including Chairman and Ranking Member.


Committee Chairman Ranking Member
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Pat Roberts (R-KS) Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
Appropriations Thad Cochran (R-MS) Barbara Mikulski (D-MD)
Armed Services John McCain (R-AZ) Jack Reed (D-RI)
Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Richard Shelby (R-AL) Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Budget Mike Enzi (R-WY) Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Commerce, Science and Transportation John Thune (R-SD) Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Energy and Natural Resources Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Environment and Public Works Jim Inhofe (R-OK) Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Finance Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Foreign Relations Bob Corker (R-TN) Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Patty Murray (D-WA)
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ron Johnson (R-WI) Thomas Carper (D-DE)
Indian Affairs John Barrasso (R-WY) Jon Tester (D-MT)
Judiciary Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
Rules and Administration Roy Blunt (R-MO) Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Small Business and Entrepreneurship David Vitter (R-LA) Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Veterans' Affairs Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)

House of Representatives

Committee Chairman Ranking Member
Agriculture Michael Conaway (R-TX) Collin Peterson (D-MN)
Appropriations Harold Rogers (R-KY) Nita Lowey (D-NY)
Armed Services Mac Thornberry (R-TX) Adam Smith (D-WA)
Budget Tom Price (R-GA) Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
Education and the Workforce John Kline (R-MN) Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Energy and Commerce Fred Upton (R-MI) Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ)
Ethics Charles Dent (R-PA) Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
Financial Services Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) Maxine Waters (D-CA)
Foreign Affairs Edward Royce (R-CA) Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Homeland Security Michael McCaul (R-TX) Bennie Thompson (D-MS)
House Administration Candice Miller (R-MI) Robert Brady (D-PA)
Judiciary Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI)
Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) Raul Grijalva (D-AZ)
Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Elijah Cummings (D-MD)
Rules Pete Sessions (R-TX) Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
Science, Space & Technology Lamar Smith (R-TX) Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX)
Small Business Steve Chabot (R-OH) Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
Transportation and Infrastructure Bill Shuster (R-PA) Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Veterans' Affairs Jeff Miller (R-FL) Corrine Brown (D-FL)
Ways and Means Kevin Brady (R-TX) Sander Levin (D-MI)
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Devin Nunes (R-CA) Adam Schiff (D-CA)

Joint committees

Committee Chairman Vice Chairman
Joint Economic Committee Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies (Special) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Joint Committee on the Library Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)
Joint Committee on Printing Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Joint Committee on Taxation Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)


Employees and legislative agency directors


Source: "Senate Organization Chart for the 114th Congress". Senate.gov. US Senate. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 

House of Representatives

Source: "Officers and Organizations of the House". House.gov. US House. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 

Legislative branch agency directors

See also


  1. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-A) resigned January 5, 2015.
  2. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-A) died February 6, 2015.
  3. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-A) resigned March 31, 2015.
  4. Rep. Daniel Donovan (R-A) was elected May 5, 2015.
  5. Rep. Trent Kelly (R-A) was elected June 2, 2015.
  6. Rep. Darin Lahood (R-A) was elected September 10, 2015.
  7. Rep. John Boehner (R-A) resigned October 31, 2015.
  8. Rep. Warren Davidson (R-A) was elected June 7, 2016.
  9. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-A) resigned June 23, 2016.
  10. Rep. Mark Takai (D-A) died July 20, 2016.
  11. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-A) resigned September 6, 2016.
  12. Reps. Dwight Evans (D-A), Colleen Hanabusa (D-A), and James Comer (R-A) were elected November 8, 2016.
  13. Rep. Janice Hahn (D-A) resigned December 4, 2016.
  14. Rep. Candice Miller (R-A) resigned December 31, 2016.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Senators King (ME) and Sanders (VT) have no political affiliation but caucus with the Democratic Party.
  16. Sablan caucuses with the Democratic Party.
  17. Like many members of the PNP, Pedro Pierluisi affiliates with both the PNP and the Democratic Party.


  1. H.J.Res. 129: "Appointing the day for the convening of the first session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress."
  2. 2.0 2.1 H.Con.Res. 104: "Providing for the sine die adjournment of the first session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress."
  3. House Calendar on January 3, 2017
  4. Walsh, Deirdre (January 6, 2015). "Boehner Overcomes Big Opposition to Remain Speaker". CNN. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  5. Bradner, Eric (January 25, 2015). "Criticism over Netanyahu visit intensifies". CNN. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  6. Lee, Carol; Solomon, Jay (March 3, 2015). "Israel's Netanyahu Urges Congress to Block 'Bad Deal' With Iran". The Wall Street Journal. New York. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  7. Baker, Peter (March 9, 2015). "Angry White House and G.O.P. Senators Clash Over Letter to Iran". The New York Times. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  8. Riechmann, Deb (March 26, 2015) - "In U.S., Ghani Vows Afghan Self-Reliance". Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved March 27, 2015. Archived March 30, 2015.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Zengerle, Patricia (March 26, 2015). "Japan PM Abe to Address Joint Session of Congress". Reuters. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  10. Mauldin, William (April 29, 2015). "Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Argues for Trade Deal in Speech to Congress". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  11. Sherman, Jake (February 5, 2015). "Pope will address Congress in September". Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  12. Steinhauer, Jennifer (September 25, 2015). "John Boehner Will Resign From Congress". The New York Times. 
  13. DeBonis, Mike; Kane, Paul (September 25, 2015). "House Speaker John Boehner to Resign at End of October". Washingtonpost.com. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  14. "Shock! McCarthy drops Speaker bid". The Hill. October 8, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  15. Clerk of the US House of Representatives (October 29, 2015). "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 581". Retrieved May 16, 2016. 
  16. Rebecca Downs. "Paul Ryan elected youngest Speaker of the House since 1875". Red Alert Politics. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  17. Siegel, Ben (June 23, 2016). "Congress adjourns fight for gun control to July 5th". Yahoo. Politics. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  18. S.Res. 3
  19. S.Res. 6
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 Lesniewski, Niels; Dennis, Steven (November 13, 2014). "Mitch McConnell Unanimously Elected Majority Leader by GOP". Roll Call. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 Sanchez, Humberto; Lesniewski, Niels (November 13, 2014). "Harry Reid Unveils New Leadership Team, Strategy". Roll Call. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  22. "Caucus Memberships of Gregorio Sablan". House.gov. US House of Representatives. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  23. "Boehner Commends Grimm for Announcing Resignation" Roll Call, December 30, 2014.
  24. "Welcome to New York's Sixth Special Election in Six Years" Roll Call, January 2, 2015.
  25. "GOP Rep. Nunnelee of Miss. Dies After Brain Cancer, Stroke" ABC News, February 6, 2015.
  26. Pender, Geoff (February 6, 2015). "Governor will set election after Nunnelee's death". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved February 19, 2015. 
  27. Cahn, Emily (May 12, 2015). "Mississippi Special Election Heads to Runoff". Roll Call. 
  28. Bash, Dana; Zeleny, Jeff; Jaffe, Alexandra (March 17, 2015). "Aaron Schock resigns amid scandal". CNN. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  29. DeBonis, Mike; Costa, Robert; Kane, Paul (March 17, 2015). "Rep. Aaron Schock announces resignation in wake of spending probe". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 17, 2015. 
  30. "Amid revolt, Boehner steps aside to avoid 'irreparable harm' to Congress". Usatoday.com. September 26, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  31. "Davidson will be sworn in today". Journal-News. June 9, 2016. 
  32. "Rep. Chaka Fattah resigns after conviction, effective immediately" (Press release). CBS. June 23, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  33. Brennan, Chris (July 1, 2016). "Special election for Fattah's former U.S. House seat will be Nov. 8". Philadelphia Media Network. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  34. http://www.civilbeat.org/2016/07/us-rep-mark-takai-of-hawaii-dies/
  35. Dayton, Kevin (August 3, 2016). "Special-election winner will finish Takai’s term". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  36. "Rep. Whitfield to retire amid ethics probe". TheHill. 
  37. Callais, Krystle (September 6, 2016). "U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield stepping down". WPSD-TV. Retrieved September 8, 2016. 
  38. http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-rep-hahn-to-resign-seat-early-to-be-1480446095-htmlstory.html
  39. 2016 Congressional Record, Vol. 162, Page H7147
  40. Shabad, Rebecca (January 5, 2015). "Budget scorekeeper awaits GOP decision". The Hill. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 

External links