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 The nursing home currently has 133 residents and 54 staff members who have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the congressman. NBC News, "Senators urge federal contractor accused of flouting CDC rules to meet with worried workers," 8 May 2020 The news on Tuesday that Representative Justin Amash, the independent congressman from Michigan, had formed a committee to explore running for president as a Libertarian was, if nothing else, impeccably timed. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Very Revealing Angst About Justin Amash," 29 Apr. 2020 Massie's office confirmed with The Courier Journal last week how Trump spoke to the congressman via cellphone after the tweet. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Rep. Thomas Massie tries to keep it cozy with President Trump in new TV spot," 6 Apr. 2020 Sanders has disciplined himself into a position of national credibility, working relentlessly through the levels of government from mayor to congressman to senator to a realistic shot at the presidency. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "An Outside Chance," 12 Mar. 2020 According to the congressman, construction of the border wall has been expedited in Arizona due to an abundance of public land. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Arizona national monument, home to sacred Native American burial sites, is being blown up for the border wall," 7 Feb. 2020 Nunes’s fourth-quarter 2019 fundraising was confirmed by sources closed to the congressman’s political operation. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Taking his defense of Trump to the bank: Devin Nunes raising astronomical sums of money," 21 Jan. 2020 Leslie Knope works for the Department of the Interior; her husband, the guy who should have stayed on Party Down, is a congressman; Jerry Gergich is mayor; Ann Perkins is volunteering as a nurse in Michigan; Ron Swanson is holed up in a cabin; etc. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Sorry, Superfans: Parks and Rec’s Socially Distanced Reunion Didn’t Work," 2 May 2020 DeWine also served as a Greene County prosecutor, a state senator, a U.S. congressman, Ohio's lieutenant governor and a U.S. senator. Fox News, "Mike DeWine: What to know about Ohio's governor," 3 Apr. 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 1 Jun. 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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