con·​gress·​man | \ ˈkäŋ-(g)rəs-mən How to pronounce congressman (audio) \

Definition of congressman

: a member of a congress especially : a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Examples of congressman in a Sentence

a former congressman who is now a senator
Recent Examples on the Web Chelsea Clinton on Thursday responded to a Republican congressman who on Christmas Eve tweeted out old footage of her mother Hillary Clinton nearly getting struck in the head by a falling television light. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "Chelsea Clinton responds to GOP congressman's Christmas Eve sneer," 26 Dec. 2019 Kennedy-Shaffer, who is not related to the congressman, is among about 4,000 graduate students who work on campus, teaching courses and grading assignments, conducting research in laboratories, and supporting many of Harvard’s basic functions. Jeremy C. Fox,, "Joe Kennedy III marches with striking Harvard graduate students," 14 Dec. 2019 The indictment alleged Parnas and Fruman donated to a congressman to help advance their agenda. Anchorage Daily News, "Giuliani was in talks to be paid by Ukraine’s top prosecutor as they together sought damaging information on Democrats," 27 Nov. 2019 Some were handed tickets at the last minute from Beto O'Rourke supporters after the former Texas congressman dropped out of the race only hours before. Sarah Ewall-wice, CBS News, ""Barnstormers for Pete" look to boost Buttigieg's chances in early states," 14 Nov. 2019 Jim Wright, the Texas congressman, was his successor. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Men of Kentucky, &c.," 8 Nov. 2019 The former Texas congressman is sixth in national polls and has yet to qualify for the fifth primary debate in November. Amanda Blanco,, "Beto O’Rourke visits Newtown, meets with gun control activists," 30 Oct. 2019 Both Sanders and Talib paid tribute to longtime Detroit congressman John Conyers, who passed away Sunday afternoon. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Jack White Supports Bernie Sanders at Detroit Rally: 'I Really Do Trust Him'," 27 Oct. 2019 Hundreds lined up Thursday afternoon to say their final goodbyes to the late-congressman. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Elijah Cummings to be remembered by Obama, Clintons at funeral," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of congressman

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Congressman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of congressman

: someone (especially a man) who is a member of a congress and especially of the U.S. House of Representatives


con·​gress·​man | \ ˈkäŋ-grəs-mən How to pronounce congressman (audio) \
plural congressmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of congressman

: a member of a congress and especially of the United States House of Representatives


plural congressmen

Legal Definition of congressman

: a member of Congress especially : a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

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