Freshman members of the 111th Congress

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These are the 65 freshman members of the 111th Congress. Click on a name to read information on their records and positions on issues. There were 39 Democrats (plus two non-voting members who caucus with Democrats) and 24 Republicans.


Senate freshmen

Senators elected in 2008 are members of Senate Class II.[1]

There are 14 new Senate freshman, including five who joined the chamber after the start of the 111th Congress:

The freshman class includes eight Democrats and two Republicans. It also includes Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico), who were both representatives but won election to the Senate in 2008.

Picture Senator Party State Notes
50px Mark Begich Democratic Alaska
50px Michael Bennet Democratic Colorado
50px Roland Burris Democratic Illinois
50px Al Franken Democratic Minnesota
50px Kirsten Gillibrand Democratic New York
50px Kay R. Hagan Democratic North Carolina
50px Mike Johanns Republicans Nebraska
50px Ted Kaufman Democratic Delaware
50px Jeff Merkley Democratic Oregon
50px Jim Risch Republicans Idaho
50px Jeanne Shaheen Democratic New Hampshire
50px Mark Udall Democratic Colorado
50px Tom Udall Democratic New Mexico
50px Mark R. Warner Democratic Virginia

House freshmen

There are currently 56 freshman members of the House (including one non-voting Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico and one non-voting delegate from Northern Marianas), but two others will likely join it soon:

  • A special election will be held to replace Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), who has resigned from the House to join the Obama administration. A primary is scheduled for March 3rd and a general election is set for April 7th.[1]
  • A special election will be held to replace Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) once she resigns her seat to become the Secretary of Labor in the Obama administration. Once she resigns, the California governor must call for a special election within 14 days, and the election must be held within 140 days of that.[2][3]

The freshman include 32 Democrats (plus the Northern Marianas' non-voting delegate and Puerto Rico's non-voting Resident Commissioner, both of whom caucus with the Democrats) and 22 Republicans.

Marcia L. Fudge is not counted here because she was sworn into the 110th Congress on Nov. 19, 2008 to fill the rest of Stephanie Tubbs Jones' term.[2]

Picture Name Party State Notes
50px John Adler Democratic New Jersey
50px Steve Austria Republican Ohio
50px John Boccieri Democratic Ohio
50px Bobby Bright Democratic Alabama
50px Anh "Joseph" Cao Republican Louisiana
50px Bill Cassidy Republican Louisiana
50px Jason Chaffetz Republican Utah
50px Mike Coffman Republican Colorado
50px Gerald E. Connolly Democratic Virginia
50px Kathy Dahlkemper Democratic Pennsylvania
50px Steven Driehaus Democratic Ohio
50px John Fleming Jr. Republican Louisiana
50px Alan Grayson Democratic Alabama
50px Parker Griffith Democratic Alabama
50px Brett Guthrie Republican Kentucky
50px Debbie Halvorson Democratic Illinois
50px Gregg Harper Republican Mississippi
50px Martin Heinrich Democratic New Mexico
50px Jim Himes Democratic Connecticut
50px Duncan D. Hunter Republican California
50px Lynn Jenkins Republican Kansas
50px Mary Jo Kilroy Democratic Ohio
50px Ann Kirkpatrick Democratic Arizona
50px Larry Kissell Democratic North Carolina
50px Suzanne Kosmas Democratic Florida
50px Frank Kratovil Democratic Maryland
50px Leonard Lance Republican New Jersey
50px Chris Lee Republican New York
50px Blaine Luetkemeyer Republican Missouri
50px Ben Lujan Democratic New Mexico
50px Cynthia Lummis Republican Wyoming
50px Dan Maffei Democratic New York
50px Betsy Markey Democratic Colorado
50px Eric Massa Democratic New York
50px Thomas McClintock Republican California
50px Michael McMahon Democratic New York
50px Walter Minnick Democratic Idaho
50px Glenn Nye Democratic Virginia
50px Pete Olson Republican Texas
50px Erik Paulsen Republican Minnesota
50px Tom Perriello Democratic Virginia
50px Gary Peters Democratic Michigan
50px Pedro Pierluisi Partido Nuevo Progresista Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner, caucuses with Democrats
50px Chellie Pingree Democratic Maine
50px Jared Polis Democratic Colorado
50px Bill Posey Republican Florida
50px Phil Roe Republican Tennessee
50px Tom Rooney Republican Florida
Gregorio Kilili Sablan Independent Northern Marianas (At-Large) Non-voting delegate, caucuses with Democrats[3]
50px Mark Schauer Democratic Michigan
50px Aaron Schock Republican Illinois
50px Kurt Schrader Democratic Oregon
50px Harry Teague Democratic New Mexico
50px Glenn Thompson Republican Pennsylvania
50px Dina Titus Democratic Nevada
50px Paul Tonko Democratic New York

Articles and references

See also


  1. Class II "Senators Whose Term of Service Expire in 2015",, retrieved January 12, 2009
  2. Official bio, Marcia Fudge's official House website, retrieved Jan. 06, 2008.
  3. Agnes E. Donato, "Kilili to caucus with Democrats in US Congress," Saipan Tribune, Nov. 17, 2008.

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