25 Long-Time Congress Members You Should Know About

Congress is the legislative branch of the US Government, the other two being the Judicial Branch (SCOTUS) and Executive (POTUS). It is one third of our Federal Government, one of only two elected branches, yet there are NO term limits, with the longest currently serving over 50 years.

There are 535 members of Congress, 100 serve in the US Senate, and 435 Serve in the House of Representatives. Senators serve six year terms; however, members of the House of Representatives are up  for reelection every two years This means that every election, your Representative is up for reelection, and likely, someone is running against them.

If you don’t like the way things have been going, look and see if someone from your state and district is on this list, and consider making a change. Just because someone is “Red” or “Blue” doesn’t mean they always vote party lines, and there could be a 3rd party or independent that really stands for something you believe in. To see who else is running and how your Congressperson has voted in the past, you can check here. Here are the 25 Long-Time Congress Members You Should Know About.

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25

Lamar Smith

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Smith is a member of the House of Representatives. A Republican from Texas, Smith was first sworn in in 1987 and has been serving for 29 years. He is currently the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He is seeking reelection in 2016. Democrat Thomas Wakely, Libertarian Mark Loewe, and Green Party Candidate Antonio Diaz are running against him.

24

Louise McIntosh Slaughter

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Louise McIntosh Slaughter is a member of the House of Representatives. A Democrat from New York, she was sworn in in 1987 and has been serving for 29 years. She is seeking reelection in 2016, and Republican Mark Assini, Libertarian Tony D’Orazio, and Independent Brandon Kirshner are running against her.


23

Nancy Pelosi

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Pelosi is a member of the House of Representatives. A Democrat from California, she was first sworn in in 1987 and has served for 29 years. Pelosi was formerly the Speaker of the House until Republicans took control after the 2010 elections. She remains as House Minority Leader and is seeking re election in 2016. Independent Preston Picus, Republican Bob Miller, and Green Party Candidate Barry Hermanson are running against her.

22

Peter DeFazio

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Peter DeFazio is a member of the House of Representatives. A Democrat from Oregon, he was first sworn in in 1987 and has served 29 years. He is seeking reelection in 2016.


21

John Lewis

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Lewis is a member of the House of Representatives. A Democrat from Georgia, he was first sworn in in 1987 and has served 29 years. He is seeking reelection in 2016.



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