con·​gress·​man | \ˈkäŋ-(g)rəs-mən \

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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In response to the journalist’s probable murder, a number of congressmen are urging immediate sanctions on Saudi Arabia. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Jared Kushner Is a Hidden Genius," 14 Oct. 2018 To wit: The research found that congresswomen claim up to 9 percent more in flexible dollars for their districts than congressmen do. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "How Many Women Does It Take to Change a Congress?," 10 Oct. 2018 Now, Baker Ripley, Catholic Charities, YMCA International Services and several other nonprofits offer a similar service, putting a dent in the congressman’s crowd. Elizabeth Myong, Houston Chronicle, "A sense of urgency draws immigrants to Houston Citizenship Day," 24 June 2018 Sleeping with your source- especially a vindictive congressman? Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "What to Know About Ali Watkins, James Wolfe, and the FBI," 13 June 2018 O’Rourke, an El Paso congressman, attracted a huge following early on, which allowed him enough support to pose a real threat to Cruz. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "2018 Midterms: Beto O'Rourke Appears to Have Lost to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate Race," 7 Nov. 2018 America’s vital interest in space lost out to special interests in Washington, except, of course, for the senators and congressmen here., "Read Trump’s full remarks on immigration, ‘Space Force’," 18 June 2018 The Trump-Pence rally occurs on the heels of the Tuesday primary, when voters chose Jasper businessman Mike Braun in a major upset over two incumbent GOP congressmen, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Activists plan to counterprotest when Donald Trump, Mike Pence visit Elkhart," 9 May 2018 That record is on full display in Florida’s GOP primary race for governor as the 39-year-old congressman from Palm Bay runs to the right of the Republican front-runner, Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. Emily L. Mahoney, miamiherald, "What does the Congressional voting record of this GOP candidate for governor tell us?," 5 July 2018

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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 \
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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