92nd United States Congress

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92nd United States Congress
91st ←
→ 93rd
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1973
Senate President Spiro Agnew (R)
Senate Pres. pro tem Richard Russell (D)
to January 21, 1971
Allen J. Ellender (D)
January 22, 1971 – July 27, 1972
James Eastland (D)
from July 28, 1972
House Speaker Carl Albert (D)
Members 100 senators
435 representatives
Senate Majority Democratic
House Majority Democratic
1st: January 21, 1971 – December 17, 1971
2nd: January 18, 1972 – October 18, 1972

The Ninety-second 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, DC from January 3, 1971, to January 3, 1973, during the third and fourth years of Richard Nixon's presidency.

The apportionment of seats in this House of Representatives was based on the 1960 Census. Both chambers had a Democratic majority.


Major events[edit]

Passing legislation on revenue-sharing was a key event of the congress. President Richard Nixon had it listed on his list of top policies to cover for the year. Nixon signed the bill into law at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The law gained support from many state and local officials including: San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto whose city received $27 million in revenue-sharing money in the first year. Alito said that many projects that would not have been possible could now be done, "That will effectively enable us to meet those programs which up to now because of very tough budgeting we've had to trench."[1]

Major legislation[edit]

Constitutional amendments[edit]

  • March 23, 1971: Approved an amendment to the United States Constitution prohibiting the states and the federal government from using age as a reason for denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States who are at least eighteen years old, and submitted it to the state legislatures for ratification
  • March 22, 1972: Approved an amendment to the Constitution designed to guarantee equal rights for women, and submitted it to the state legislatures for ratification
    • This amendment, commonly known as the Equal Rights Amendment, was later rendered inoperative, as it was not ratified within the seven–year time frame set by Congress (nor the later time extension granted)

Party summary[edit]

The count below identifies party affiliations at the beginning of the first session of this Congress, and includes members from vacancies and newly admitted states, when they were first seated. Changes resulting from subsequent replacements are shown below in the Changes in membership section.


Party standings on the opening day of the 92nd Congress
  54 Democratic Senators
  1 Independent Senator, caucusing with Democrats
  44 Republican Senators
  1 Conservative Senator, caucusing with Republicans

TOTAL members: 100

House of Representatives[edit]

House seats by party holding plurality in state
  80% Democratic
  80%+ Republican
  60%+ to 80% Democratic
  60%+ to 80% Republican
  up to 60% Democratic
  up to 60% Republican

TOTAL members: 435



Majority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

Minority (Republican) leadership[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Majority (Democratic) leadership[edit]

Minority (Republican) leadership[edit]



This list is arranged by chamber, then by state. Senators are listed in order of seniority, and Representatives are listed by district.


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. In this Congress, Class 1 meant their term began with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1976; Class 2 meant their term ended with this Congress, requiring reelection in 1972; and Class 3 meant their term began in the last Congress, requiring reelection in 1974.

House of Representatives[edit]

The names of members of the House of Representatives are preceded by their district numbers.

Changes in membership[edit]

The count below reflects changes from the beginning of the first session of this Congress.


  • replacements: 3
  • deaths: 3
  • resignations:
  • Total seats with changes: 3

Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation
Richard Russell Jr. (D) Died January 21, 1971 David H. Gambrell (D) February 1, 1971
Winston L. Prouty (R) Died September 10, 1971 Robert Stafford (R) September 16, 1971
Allen J. Ellender (D) Died July 27, 1972 Elaine S. Edwards (D) August 1, 1972
David H. Gambrell (D) Successor elected November 7, 1972 Sam Nunn (D) November 7, 1972
Elaine S. Edwards (D) Successor elected November 13, 1972 Bennett Johnston Jr. (D) November 14, 1972

House of Representatives[edit]

  • replacements: 10
  • deaths: 8
  • resignations: 6
  • Total seats with changes: 16

District Vacator Reason for change Successor Date of successor's
formal installation
District of Columbia At-large Vacant District elected first delegate since the seat was re-established during previous congress Walter E. Fauntroy (D) March 23, 1971
South Carolina 1st Vacant Rep. L. Mendel Rivers died during previous congress Mendel J. Davis (D) April 27, 1971
Maryland 1st Rogers Morton (R) Resigned January 29, 1971, after being appointed United States Secretary of the Interior William O. Mills (R) May 25, 1971
Pennsylvania 18th Robert J. Corbett (R) Died April 25, 1971 H. John Heinz III (R) November 2, 1971
Vermont At-large Robert Stafford (R) Resigned after being appointed to the US Senate September 16, 1971 Richard W. Mallary (R) January 7, 1972
Kentucky 6th John C. Watts (D) Died September 24, 1971 William P. Curlin Jr. (D) December 4, 1971
Pennsylvania 27th James G. Fulton (R) Died October 6, 1971 William S. Conover (R) April 25, 1972
Illinois 15th Charlotte T. Reid (R) Resigned October 7, 1971, after being appointed to the Federal Communication Commission Cliffard D. Carlson (R) April 4, 1972
Alabama 3rd George W. Andrews (D) Died December 25, 1971 Elizabeth B. Andrews (D) April 4, 1972
Massachusetts 5th Frank B. Morse (R) Resigned May 1, 1972, after being appointed Undersecretary General for Political and General Assembly Affairs at the United Nations Vacant Not filled this congress
Louisiana 7th Edwin Edwards (D) Resigned after being elected Governor of Louisiana May 9, 1972 John Breaux (D) September 30, 1972
Virginia 6th Richard H. Poff (R) Resigned after being appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of Virginia M. Caldwell Butler (R) November 7, 1972
New York 20th William Fitts Ryan (D) Died September 17, 1972. Vacant Not filled this congress
Ohio 16th Frank T. Bow (R) Died November 13, 1972. Vacant Not filled this congress
Illinois 6th George W. Collins (D) Died in a plane crash December 8, 1972. Vacant Not filled this congress
Alaska At-large Nick Begich (D) He and Hale Boggs were lost in a plane crash October 16, 1972. Presumptive death dertificate for Rep. Begich was issued December 29, 1972. Vacant Not filled this congress


Lists of committees and their party leaders, for members (House and Senate) of the committees and their assignments, go into the Official Congressional Directory at the bottom of the article and click on the link (2 links), in the directory after the pages of terms of service, you will see the committees of the Senate, House (Standing with Subcommittees, Select and Special) and Joint and after the committee pages, you will see the House/Senate committee assignments in the directory, on the committees section of the House and Senate in the Official Congressional Directory, the committee's members on the first row on the left side shows the chairman of the committee and on the right side shows the ranking member of the committee.


House of Representatives[edit]

Joint committees[edit]

Employees and legislative agency directors[edit]

Legislative branch agency directors[edit]


House of Representatives[edit]


  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 

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