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List of United States Congresses

This is a list of the United States Congresses, including their beginnings, endings, and the dates of their sessions. Each "term" of Congress lasts for two years.

Before the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which fixed Congressional dates, the dates on which a Congress ended was either March 3 or March 4.

Contents

List of previous CongressesEdit

Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
1st Congress March 4, 1789 1st session March 4, 1789 – September 29, 1789 March 3 or 4, 1791
2nd session January 4, 1790 – August 12, 1790
3rd session December 6, 1790 – March 3, 1791
2nd Congress March 4, 1791 Special session March 4, 1791 – March 4, 1791 March 3 or 4, 1793
1st session October 24, 1791 – May 8, 1792
2nd session November 5, 1792 – March 2, 1793
3rd Congress March 4, 1793 Special session March 4, 1793 – March 4, 1793 March 3 or 4, 1795
1st session December 2, 1793 – June 9, 1794
2nd session November 3, 1794 – March 3, 1795
4th Congress March 4, 1795 Special session June 8, 1795 – June 26, 1795 March 3 or 4, 1797
1st session December 7, 1795 – June 1, 1796
2nd session December 5, 1796 – March 3, 1797
5th Congress March 4, 1797 Special session March 4, 1797 – March 4, 1797 March 3 or 4, 1799
1st session May 15, 1797 – July 10, 1797
2nd session November 13, 1797 – July 16, 1798
Special session July 17, 1798 – July 19, 1798
3rd session December 3, 1798 – March 3, 1799
6th Congress March 4, 1799 1st session December 2, 1799 – May 14, 1800 March 3 or 4, 1801
2nd session November 17, 1800 – March 3, 1801
7th Congress March 4, 1801 Special session March 4, 1801 – March 5, 1801 March 3 or 4, 1803
1st session December 7, 1801 – May 3, 1802
2nd session December 6, 1802 – March 3, 1803
8th Congress March 4, 1803 1st session October 17, 1803 – March 27, 1804 March 3 or 4, 1805
2nd session November 5, 1804 – March 3, 1805
9th Congress March 4, 1805 1st session December 2, 1805 – April 21, 1806 March 3 or 4, 1807
2nd session December 1, 1806 – March 3, 1807
10th Congress March 4, 1807 1st session October 26, 1807 – April 25, 1808 March 3 or 4, 1809
2nd session November 7, 1808 – March 3, 1809
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
11th Congress March 4, 1809 Special session March 4, 1809 – March 7, 1809 March 3 or 4, 1811
1st session May 22, 1809 – June 28, 1809
2nd session November 27, 1809 – May 1, 1810
3rd session December 3, 1810 – March 3, 1811
12th Congress March 4, 1811 1st session November 4, 1811 – July 6, 1812 March 3 or 4, 1813
2nd session November 2, 1812 – March 3, 1813
13th Congress March 4, 1813 1st session May 24, 1813 – August 2, 1813 March 3 or 4, 1815
2nd session December 6, 1813 – April 18, 1814
3rd session September 19, 1814 – March 3, 1815
14th Congress March 4, 1815 1st session December 4, 1815 – April 30, 1816 March 3 or 4, 1817
2nd session December 2, 1816 – March 3, 1817
15th Congress March 4, 1817 Special session March 4, 1817 – March 6, 1817 March 3 or 4, 1819
1st session December 1, 1817 – April 20, 1818
2nd session November 16, 1818 – March 3, 1819
16th Congress March 4, 1819 1st session December 6, 1819 – May 15, 1820 March 3 or 4, 1821
2nd session November 13, 1820 – March 3, 1821
17th Congress March 4, 1821 1st session December 3, 1821 – May 8, 1822 March 3 or 4, 1823
2nd session December 2, 1822 – March 3, 1823
18th Congress March 4, 1823 1st session December 1, 1823 – May 27, 1824 March 3 or 4, 1825
2nd session December 6, 1824 – March 3, 1825
19th Congress March 4, 1825 Special session March 4, 1825 – March 9, 1825 March 3 or 4, 1827
1st session December 5, 1825 – May 22, 1826
2nd session December 4, 1826 – March 3, 1827
20th Congress March 4, 1827 1st session December 3, 1827 – May 26, 1828 March 3 or 4, 1829
2nd session December 1, 1828 – March 3, 1829
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
21st Congress March 4, 1829 Special session March 4, 1829 – March 17, 1829 March 3 or 4, 1831
1st session December 7, 1829 – May 31, 1830
2nd session December 6, 1830 – March 3, 1831
22nd Congress March 4, 1831 1st session December 5, 1831 – July 16, 1832 March 3 or 4, 1833
2nd session December 3, 1832 – March 2, 1833
23rd Congress March 4, 1833 1st session December 2, 1833 – June 30, 1834 March 3 or 4, 1835
2nd session December 1, 1834 – March 3, 1835
24th Congress March 4, 1835 1st session December 7, 1835 – July 4, 1836 March 3 or 4, 1837
2nd session December 5, 1836 – March 3, 1837
25th Congress March 4, 1837 Special session March 4, 1837 – March 10, 1837 March 3 or 4, 1839
1st session September 4, 1837 – October 16, 1837
2nd session December 4, 1837 – July 9, 1838
3rd session December 3, 1838 – March 3, 1839
26th Congress March 4, 1839 1st session December 2, 1839 – July 21, 1840 March 3 or 4, 1841
2nd session December 7, 1840 – March 3, 1841
27th Congress March 4, 1841 Special session March 4, 1841 – March 15, 1841 March 3 or 4, 1843
1st session May 31, 1841 – September 13, 1841
2nd session December 6, 1841 – August 31, 1842
3rd session December 5, 1842 – March 3, 1843
28th Congress March 4, 1843 1st session December 4, 1843 – June 17, 1844 March 3 or 4, 1845
2nd session December 2, 1844 – March 3, 1845
29th Congress March 4, 1845 Special session March 4, 1845 – March 20, 1845 March 3 or 4, 1847
1st session December 1, 1845 – August 10, 1846
2nd session December 7, 1846 – March 3, 1847
30th Congress March 4, 1847 1st session December 6, 1847 – August 14, 1848 March 3 or 4, 1849
2nd session December 4, 1848 – March 3, 1849
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
31st Congress March 4, 1849 Special session March 5, 1849 – March 23, 1849 March 3 or 4, 1851
1st session December 3, 1849 – September 30, 1850
2nd session December 2, 1850 – March 3, 1851
32nd Congress March 4, 1851 Special session March 4, 1851 – March 13, 1851 March 3 or 4, 1853
1st session December 1, 1851 – August 31, 1852
2nd session December 6, 1852 – March 3, 1853
33rd Congress March 4, 1853 Special session March 4, 1853 – April 11, 1853 March 3 or 4, 1855
1st session December 5, 1853 – August 7, 1854
2nd session December 4, 1854 – March 3, 1855
34th Congress March 4, 1855 1st session December 3, 1855 – August 18, 1856 March 3 or 4, 1857
2nd session August 21, 1856 – August 30, 1856
3rd session December 1, 1856 – March 3, 1857
35th Congress March 4, 1857 Special session March 4, 1857 – March 14, 1857 March 3 or 4, 1859
1st session December 7, 1857 – June 14, 1858
Special session June 15, 1858 – June 16, 1858
2nd session December 6, 1858 – March 3, 1859
36th Congress March 4, 1859 Special session March 4, 1859 – March 10, 1859 March 3 or 4, 1861
1st session December 5, 1859 – June 25, 1860
Special session June 26, 1860 – June 28, 1860
2nd session December 3, 1860 – March 3, 1861
37th Congress March 4, 1861 Special session March 4, 1861 – March 28, 1861 March 3 or 4, 1863
1st session July 4, 1861 – August 6, 1861
2nd session December 2, 1861 – July 17, 1862
3rd session December 1, 1862 – March 3, 1863
38th Congress March 4, 1863 Special session March 4, 1863 – March 14, 1863 March 3 or 4, 1865
1st session December 7, 1863 – July 4, 1864
2nd session December 5, 1864 – March 3, 1865
39th Congress March 4, 1865 Special session March 4, 1865 – March 11, 1865 March 3 or 4, 1867
1st session December 4, 1865 – July 28, 1866
2nd session December 3, 1866 – March 3, 1867
40th Congress March 4, 1867 1st session March 4, 1867 – December 1, 1867 March 3 or 4, 1869
Special session April 1, 1867 – April 20, 1867
2nd session December 2, 1867 – November 10, 1868
3rd session December 7, 1868 – March 3, 1869
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
41st Congress March 4, 1869 1st session March 4, 1869 – April 10, 1869 March 3 or 4, 1871
Special session April 12, 1869 – April 22, 1869
2nd session December 6, 1869 – July 15, 1870
3rd session December 5, 1870 – March 3, 1871
42nd Congress March 4, 1871 1st session March 4, 1871 – April 20, 1871 March 3 or 4, 1873
Special session May 10, 1871 – May 27, 1871
2nd session December 4, 1871 – June 10, 1872
3rd session December 2, 1872 – March 3, 1873
43rd Congress March 4, 1873 Special session March 4, 1873 – March 26, 1873 March 3 or 4, 1875
1st session December 1, 1873 – June 23, 1874
2nd session December 7, 1874 – March 3, 1875
44th Congress March 4, 1875 Special session March 5, 1875 – March 24, 1875 March 3 or 4, 1877
1st session December 6, 1875 – August 15, 1876
2nd session December 4, 1876 – March 3, 1877
45th Congress March 4, 1877 Special session March 5, 1877 – March 17, 1877 March 3 or 4, 1879
1st session October 15, 1877 – December 3, 1877
2nd session December 3, 1877 – June 20, 1878
3rd session December 2, 1878 – March 3, 1879
46th Congress March 4, 1879 1st session March 18, 1879 – July 1, 1879 March 3 or 4, 1881
2nd session December 1, 1879 – June 16, 1880
3rd session December 6, 1880 – March 3, 1881
47th Congress March 4, 1881 Special session March 4, 1881 – May 20, 1881 March 3 or 4, 1883
Special session October 10, 1881 – October 29, 1881
1st session December 5, 1881 – August 8, 1882
2nd session December 4, 1882 – March 3, 1883
48th Congress March 4, 1883 1st session December 3, 1883 – July 7, 1884 March 3 or 4, 1885
2nd session December 1, 1884 – March 3, 1885
49th Congress March 4, 1885 Special session March 4, 1885 – April 2, 1885 March 3 or 4, 1887
1st session December 7, 1885 – August 5, 1886
2nd session December 6, 1886 – March 3, 1887
50th Congress March 4, 1887 1st session December 5, 1887 – October 20, 1888 March 3 or 4, 1889
2nd session December 3, 1888 – March 3, 1889
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
51st Congress March 4, 1889 Special session March 4, 1889 – April 2, 1889 March 3 or 4, 1891
1st session December 2, 1889 – October 1, 1890
2nd session December 1, 1890 – March 3, 1891
52nd Congress March 4, 1891 1st session December 7, 1891 – August 5, 1892 March 3 or 4, 1893
2nd session December 5, 1892 – March 3, 1893
53rd Congress March 4, 1893 Special session March 4, 1893 – April 15, 1893 March 3 or 4, 1895
1st session August 7, 1893 – November 3, 1893
2nd session December 4, 1893 – August 28, 1894
3rd session December 3, 1894 – March 3, 1895
54th Congress March 4, 1895 1st session December 2, 1895 – June 11, 1896 March 3 or 4, 1897
2nd session December 7, 1896 – March 3, 1897
55th Congress March 4, 1897 Special session March 4, 1897 – March 10, 1897 March 3 or 4, 1899
1st session March 15, 1897 – July 24, 1897
2nd session December 6, 1897 – July 8, 1898
3rd session December 5, 1898 – March 3, 1899
56th Congress March 4, 1899 1st session December 4, 1899 – June 7, 1900 March 3 or 4, 1901
2nd session December 3, 1900 – March 3, 1901
57th Congress March 4, 1901 Special session March 4, 1901 – March 9, 1901 March 3 or 4, 1903
1st session December 2, 1901 – July 1, 1902
2nd session December 1, 1902 – March 3, 1903
58th Congress March 4, 1903 Special session March 5, 1903 – March 19, 1903 March 3 or 4, 1905
1st session November 9, 1903 – December 7, 1903
2nd session December 7, 1903 – April 28, 1904
3rd session December 5, 1905 – March 3, 1905
59th Congress March 4, 1905 Special session March 4, 1905 – March 18, 1905 March 3 or 4, 1907
1st session December 4, 1905 – June 30, 1906
2nd session December 3, 1906 – March 3, 1907
60th Congress March 4, 1907 1st session December 2, 1907 – May 30, 1908 March 3 or 4, 1909
2nd session December 7, 1908 – March 3, 1909
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
61st Congress March 4, 1909 Special session March 4, 1909 – March 6, 1909 March 3 or 4, 1911
1st session March 15, 1909 – August 5, 1909
2nd session December 6, 1909 – June 25, 1910
3rd session December 5, 1910 – March 3, 1911
62nd Congress March 4, 1911 1st session April 4, 1911 – August 22, 1911 March 3 or 4, 1913
2nd session December 4, 1911 – August 26, 1912
3rd session December 2, 1912 – March 3, 1913
63rd Congress March 4, 1913 Special session March 4, 1913 – March 17, 1913 March 3 or 4, 1915
1st session April 7, 1913 – December 1, 1913
2nd session December 1, 1913 – October 24, 1914
3rd session December 7, 1914 – March 3, 1915
64th Congress March 4, 1915 1st session December 6, 1915 – September 8, 1916 March 3 or 4, 1917
2nd session December 4, 1916 – March 3, 1917
65th Congress March 4, 1917 Special session March 5, 1917 – March 16, 1917 March 3 or 4, 1919
1st session April 2, 1917 – October 6, 1917
2nd session December 3, 1917 – November 21, 1918
3rd session December 2, 1918 – March 3, 1919
66th Congress March 4, 1919 1st session May 19, 1919 – November 19, 1919 March 3 or 4, 1921
2nd session December 1, 1919 – June 5, 1920
3rd session December 6, 1920 – March 3, 1921
67th Congress March 4, 1921 Special session March 4, 1921 – March 15, 1921 March 3 or 4, 1923
1st session April 11, 1921 – November 23, 1921
2nd session December 5, 1921 – September 22, 1922
3rd session November 20, 1922 – December 4, 1922
4th session December 4, 1922 – March 3, 1923
68th Congress March 4, 1923 1st session December 3, 1923 – June 7, 1924 March 3 or 4, 1925
2nd session December 1, 1924 – March 3, 1925
69th Congress March 4, 1925 Special session March 4, 1925 – March 18, 1925 March 3 or 4, 1927
1st session December 7, 1925 – July 3, 1926
2nd session December 6, 1926 – March 4, 1927
70th Congress March 4, 1927 1st session December 5, 1927 – May 29, 1928 March 3 or 4, 1929
2nd session December 3, 1928 – March 3, 1929
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
71st Congress March 4, 1929 Special session March 4, 1929 – March 5, 1929 March 3 or 4, 1931
1st session April 15, 1929 – November 22, 1929
2nd session December 2, 1929 – July 3, 1930
Special session July 7, 1930 – July 21, 1930
3rd session December 1, 1930 – March 3, 1931
72nd Congress March 4, 1931 1st session December 7, 1931 – July 16, 1932 March 3 or 4, 1933
2nd session December 5, 1932 – March 3, 1933
73rd Congress March 4, 1933 Special session March 4, 1933 – March 6, 1933 January 3, 1935
1st session March 9, 1933 – June 15, 1933
2nd session January 3, 1934 – June 18, 1934
74th Congress January 3, 1935 1st session January 3, 1935 – August 26, 1935 January 3, 1937
2nd session January 3, 1936 – June 20, 1936
75th Congress January 3, 1937 1st session January 5, 1937 – August 21, 1937 January 3, 1939
2nd session November 15, 1937 – December 21, 1937
3rd session January 3, 1938 – June 16, 1938
76th Congress January 3, 1939 1st session January 3, 1939 – August 5, 1939 January 3, 1941
2nd session September 21, 1939 – November 3, 1939
3rd session January 3, 1940 – January 3, 1941
77th Congress January 3, 1941 1st session January 3, 1941 – January 2, 1942 January 3, 1943
2nd session January 5, 1942 – December 16, 1942
78th Congress January 3, 1943 1st session January 6, 1943 – December 21, 1943 January 3, 1945
2nd session January 10, 1944 – December 19, 1944
79th Congress January 3, 1945 1st session January 3, 1945 – December 21, 1945 January 3, 1947
2nd session January 14, 1946 – August 2, 1946
80th Congress January 3, 1947 1st session January 3, 1947 – December 19, 1947 January 3, 1949
2nd session January 6, 1948 – December 31, 1948
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
81st Congress January 3, 1949 1st session January 3, 1949 – October 19, 1949 January 3, 1951
2nd session January 3, 1950 – January 2, 1951
82nd Congress January 3, 1951 1st session January 3, 1951 – October 20, 1951 January 3, 1953
2nd session January 8, 1952 – July 7, 1952
83rd Congress January 3, 1953 1st session January 3, 1953 – August 3, 1953 January 3, 1955
2nd session January 6, 1954 – December 2, 1954
84th Congress January 3, 1955 1st session January 5, 1955 – August 2, 1955 January 3, 1957
2nd session January 3, 1956 – July 27, 1956
85th Congress January 3, 1957 1st session January 3, 1957 – August 30, 1957 January 3, 1959
2nd session January 7, 1958 – August 24, 1958
86th Congress January 3, 1959 1st session January 7, 1959 – September 15, 1959 January 3, 1961
2nd session January 6, 1960 – September 1, 1960
87th Congress January 3, 1961 1st session January 3, 1961 – September 27, 1961 January 3, 1963
2nd session January 10, 1962 – October 13, 1962
88th Congress January 3, 1963 1st session January 9, 1963 – December 30, 1963 January 3, 1965
2nd session January 7, 1964 – October 3, 1964
89th Congress January 3, 1965 1st session January 4, 1965 – October 23, 1965 January 3, 1967
2nd session January 10, 1966 – October 22, 1966
90th Congress January 3, 1967 1st session January 10, 1967 – December 15, 1967 January 3, 1969
2nd session January 15, 1968 – October 14, 1968
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
91st Congress January 3, 1969 1st session January 3, 1969 – December 23, 1969 January 3, 1971
2nd session January 19, 1970 – January 2, 1971
92nd Congress January 3, 1971 1st session January 21, 1971 – December 17, 1971 January 3, 1973
2nd session January 18, 1972 – October 18, 1972
93rd Congress January 3, 1973 1st session January 3, 1973 – December 22, 1973 January 3, 1975
2nd session January 21, 1974 – December 20, 1974
94th Congress January 3, 1975 1st session January 14, 1975 – December 19, 1975 January 3, 1977
2nd session January 19, 1976 – October 1, 1976
95th Congress January 3, 1977 1st session January 4, 1977 – December 15, 1977 January 3, 1979
2nd session January 19, 1978 – October 15, 1978
96th Congress January 3, 1979 1st session January 15, 1979 – January 3, 1980 January 3, 1981
2nd session January 3, 1980 – December 16, 1980
97th Congress January 3, 1981 1st session January 5, 1981 – December 16, 1981 January 3, 1983
2nd session January 25, 1982 – December 23, 1982
98th Congress January 3, 1983 1st session January 3, 1983 – November 18, 1983 January 3, 1985
2nd session January 23, 1984 – October 12, 1984
99th Congress January 3, 1985 1st session January 3, 1985 – December 20, 1985 January 3, 1987
2nd session January 21, 1986 – October 18, 1986
100th Congress January 3, 1987 1st session January 6, 1987 – December 22, 1987 January 3, 1989
2nd session January 25, 1988 – October 22, 1988
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
101st Congress January 3, 1989 1st session January 3, 1989 – November 22, 1989 January 3, 1991
2nd session January 23, 1990 – October 28, 1990
102nd Congress January 3, 1991 1st session January 3, 1991 – January 3, 1992 January 3, 1993
2nd session January 3, 1992 – October 9, 1992
103rd Congress January 3, 1993 1st session January 5, 1993 – November 26, 1993 January 3, 1995
2nd session January 25, 1994 – December 1, 1994
104th Congress January 3, 1995 1st session January 4, 1995 – January 3, 1996 January 3, 1997
2nd session January 3, 1996 – October 4, 1996
105th Congress January 3, 1997 1st session January 7, 1997 – November 13, 1997 January 3, 1999
2nd session January 27, 1998 – December 19, 1998
106th Congress January 3, 1999 1st session January 6, 1999 – November 22, 1999 January 3, 2001
2nd session January 24, 2000 – December 15, 2000
107th Congress January 3, 2001 1st session January 3, 2001 – December 20, 2001 January 3, 2003
2nd session January 23, 2002 – November 22, 2002
108th Congress January 3, 2003 1st session January 7, 2003 – December 9, 2003 January 3, 2005
2nd session January 20, 2004 – December 8, 2004
109th Congress January 3, 2005 1st session January 4, 2005 – December 22, 2005 January 3, 2007
2nd session January 3, 2006 – December 9, 2006
110th Congress January 3, 2007 1st session January 4, 2007 – December 19, 2007 January 3, 2009
2nd session January 3, 2008 – January 3, 2009
Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ended
111th Congress January 3, 2009 1st session January 6, 2009 – December 24, 2009 January 3, 2011
2nd session January 5, 2010 – December 22, 2010
112th Congress January 3, 2011 1st session January 5, 2011 – January 3, 2012 January 3, 2013
2nd session January 3, 2012 – January 3, 2013
113th Congress January 3, 2013 1st session January 3, 2013 – December 26, 2013 January 3, 2015
2nd session January 3, 2014 – December 16, 2014
114th Congress January 3, 2015 1st session January 6, 2015 – December 18, 2015 January 3, 2017
2nd session January 4, 2016 – January 3, 2017

Current CongressEdit

Congress Congress began Session Session dates Congress ends
115th Congress January 3, 2017 1st session January 3, 2017 – present January 3, 2019

List of upcoming CongressesEdit

Congress Dates
116th Congress January 3, 2019 – January 3, 2021
117th Congress January 3, 2021 – January 3, 2023
118th Congress January 3, 2023 – January 3, 2025
119th Congress January 3, 2025 – January 3, 2027
120th Congress January 3, 2027 – January 3, 2029

See alsoEdit

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