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

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After decades in public office, former congressman and King County sheriff Dave Reichert is headed to the private sector, joining a local lobbying firm. Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times, "Retired Rep. Dave Reichert joins lobbying firm, will work initially on anti-human trafficking project," 14 Jan. 2019 In 2018, two losses, 10 Republican congressmen and women got less than 55% of the vote. Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "Lessons From a Republican Survivor," 4 Jan. 2019 Two years ago, the media advocacy group Articulo 19 documented that Gomez had received death threats after publishing an investigation linking a congressman and an alternate lawmaker to purported mismanagement of funds. Fox News, "Mexico: Alleged lookout nabbed in murder of Chiapas reporter," 24 Sep. 2018 His henchmen that day had killed a U.S. congressman and others who'd come to Jonestown to investigate charges of abuse. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "She woke up in Jonestown — everyone was dead," 13 July 2018 Pelosi's broadside came a day after Republicans rallied around the congressman and 15 former Ohio State wrestlers issued a joint statement of support for Jordan. NBC News, "Nancy Pelosi backs Ohio State wrestlers who criticized Jim Jordan," 12 July 2018 The controversy is taking place at a delicate time for Jordan, an influential conservative congressman and founding member of the Freedom Caucus. Elise Viebeck, Washington Post, "Public relations campaign ramps up in support of Rep. Jim Jordan as he battles Ohio State allegations," 10 July 2018 Adam Putnam, a former Republican congressman and current state agriculture commissioner who is also running for governor, offered similar praise on Twitter. Anthony Man,, "Florida leaders divided over Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court," 10 July 2018 The Republican congressman and chair of the Freedom Caucus served as Ohio State’s assistant wrestling coach from 1986 to 1994, around the time allegations against Strauss were first investigated by the university. Kaila Philo, The New Republic, "Former Ohio State wrestlers accuse Representative Jim Jordan of ignoring sexual abuse.," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of congressman

1780, in the meaning defined above

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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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