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The Eighty-first 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, DCmarker from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1951, during the first two years of the second administration of U.S. President Harry S. Truman.

The apportionment of seats in this House of Representatives was based on the Sixteenth Census of the United States in 1940. Both chambers had a Democratic majority.

Dates of sessions

January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
  • First session: January 3, 1949 – October 19, 1949
  • Second session: January 3, 1950 – January 2, 1951
Previous congress: 80th Congress

Next congress: 82nd Congress

Major events

Main article: Events of 1949; Events of 1950


Major legislation



Party summary

Senate


TOTAL members: 96
House of Representatives
TOTAL members: 435


Officers

Senate



House of Representatives



Members

Senate

Senators are popularly elected statewide every two years, with one-third beginning new six year terms with each Congress. Preceding the names in the list below are Senate class numbers, which indicate the cycle of their election.

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House of Representatives



Employees

Architect of the Capitol:

Senate

House of Representatives



Alabama


Arizona


Arkansas


California
*3. Richard M. Nixon(R), appointed to filled vacancy


Colorado


Connecticut
*1. William Benton (D), appointed to fill vacancy


Delaware


Florida


Georgia


Idaho
*2. Henry Dworshak(R), appointed to fill vacancy


Illinois


Indiana


Iowa


Kansas
*3. Harry Darby(R), appointed to fill vacancy
:*3. Frank Carlson(R), elected to fill vacancy


Kentucky
*3. Garrett L. Withers (D), appointed to fill vacancy
:*3. Earle C. Clements (D), elected to fill vacancy


Louisiana


Maine


Maryland


Massachusetts


Michigan


Minnesota


Mississippi


Missouri


Montana
Nebraska


Nevada


New Hampshire


New Jersey


New Mexico


New York
*3. John Foster Dulles(R), appointed to fill vacancy
:*3. Herbert H. Lehman (D), elected to fill vacancy


North Carolina
*2. Frank Porter Graham (D), appointed to fill vacancy
:*2. Willis Smith (D), elected to fill vacancy


North Dakota


Ohio


Oklahoma


Oregon


Pennsylvania


Rhode Island
*1. Edward L. Leahy (D), appointed to fill vacancy
:*1. John O. Pastore (D), elected to fill vacancy


South Carolina


South Dakota


Tennessee


Texas


Utah


Vermont


Virginia


Washington


West Virginia


Wisconsin


Wyoming
Alabama


Arizona


Arkansas


California
* . John F. Shelley (D) , elected to fill vacancy


Colorado


Connecticut


Delaware


Florida


Georgia


Idaho


Illinois
* . Marguerite S. Church (R), appointed to fill vacancy


Indiana


Iowa


Kansas
*Vacant October 3, 1950 - November 6, 1950
:*Myron V. George(R), elected to fill vacancy, installed November 7, 1950


Kentucky


Louisiana


Maine


Maryland


Massachusetts
* . William H. Bates(R), elected to fill vacancy


Michigan


Minnesota


Mississippi


Missouri


Montana


Nebraska


Nevada


New Hampshire
New Jersey
* . William B. Widnall (R), elected to fill vacancy


New Mexico


New York
* . Edna F. Kelly (D) , elected to fill vacancy
:*Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. (Lib.), elected to fill vacancy, installed May 17, 1949


North Carolina
* . Woodrow W. Jones (D), elected to fill vacancy


North Dakota


Ohio


Oklahoma


Oregon


Pennsylvania
*Vacant April 21, 1949 - September 12, 1949
:*John P. Saylor (R), elected to fill vacancy, installed September 13, 1949


Rhode Island


South Carolina


South Dakota


Tennessee


Texas


Utah


Vermont


Virginia
* . Edward J. Robeson, Jr. (D), elected to fill vacancy


Washington


West Virginia


Wisconsin


Wyoming


Delegates

Alaska Territory


Hawaii Territory


Resident Commissioners

Puerto Rico

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