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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In March, a group of Republican congressmen introduced a bill into the US Congress which would ban any individuals employed or sponsored by the Chinese military from receiving student or research visas to the US. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China warns students: Be careful if studying in the US," 4 June 2019 The hearings grew out of the scandal known as Koreagate, a conspiracy by the Korean C.I.A. to bribe a group of Democratic congressmen to further South Korean objectives, including reversal of a decision to pull American troops out of South Korea. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Donald M. Fraser, Lawmaker Who Bared a South Korea Plot, Dies at 95," 3 June 2019 The daughter of a congressman, the California Democrat grew up in politics. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Beyond the Shutdown: The Trump-Pelosi Dynamic Defines Washington," 25 Jan. 2019 Several other ex-wrestlers at Ohio State have countered the allegations that Jordan knew and have come out in support of the congressman. Mitch Stacy And Andrew Welsh-huggins,, "Paul Ryan defends Rep. Jim Jordan as 'man of integrity' amid reports he ignored sex abuse at Ohio State," 11 July 2018 The New York Times reported last weekend on a reform effort by a group of congressmen that unironically calls itself the Problem Solvers Caucus. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Do the Democrats Even Want Power?," 20 June 2018 Primary contests for Nevada's other swing district, the 4th Congressional District, are expected to produce a November rematch of two former congressmen. CBS News, "Primary results in Virginia, 4 other states -- live updates," 12 June 2018 The Democratic poll also gave Culberson a net-negative favorability rating, with 32 percent of voters having a favorable view of the congressman, compared to 39 percent who don't. Houston Chronicle, "Democratic poll has Fletcher nearly even with Culberson," 1 June 2018 Despite that, many residents and business people across Visalia and Tulare are proudly displaying their signs in support of the congressman. Calley Cederlof, USA TODAY, "An Oscar-winning movie has inspired this California anti-Rep. Devin Nunes campaign," 22 May 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 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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