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 Fittingly, Gates’s book is dedicated to the late congressman John Lewis, who was an exemplar of courage and character molded by the Black Church tradition at its very best. Washington Post, "The story of the Black church, from the spiritual to the political to the personal," 25 Feb. 2021 That is the standard — broad, but not limitless — that courts will use in deciding whether a congressman, or anyone else, can sue former President Donald Trump for his role in the deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lawsuits against Trump may depend on 'outer perimeter' of presidential authority," 22 Feb. 2021 It’s been years, though, since either sibling has spoken with Paul Gosar, now a Republican congressman from Arizona. Mark Z. Barabak Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: He’s their brother. They want him kicked out of Congress," 22 Feb. 2021 Broward County may rename a road after an ill congressman, Alcee Hastings. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Broward may rename road after Congressman Alcee Hastings. Here’s why that’s drawing criticism.," 22 Feb. 2021 Ironically, in one of his first acts as a freshman congressman, Raskin and other House Democrats unsuccessfully challenged the results of the 2016 presidential election during the counting of the electoral ballots in 2017. John Parkinson, ABC News, "After suffering personal tragedy, Rep. Raskin steps up to lead prosecution of Trump," 9 Feb. 2021 Meadows, a former GOP congressman from North Carolina, traveled extensively with the president in the lead-up to Election Day and on Tuesday accompanied the commander-in-chief to his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Washington Examiner, "Ben Carson tests positive for COVID-19, another from White House election night event," 9 Nov. 2020 Buividas was appointed in November 2016 by then-state Senate President Andy Biggs, now a congressman. Craig Harris, The Arizona Republic, "PSPRS pension trustees face Open Meeting Law investigation," 25 Sep. 2020 The caucus announced Tuesday that Emmer, soon to be a four-term congressman from Delano, was reelected as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. Torey Van Oot Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Minnesota U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer re-elected as House GOP campaign chair," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of congressman

1780, in the meaning defined above

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“Congressman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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