plural noun
con·​gress·​peo·​ple | \ ˈkäŋ-(g)rəs-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce congresspeople (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web In Washington, the new class of congresspeople, including Reps. Time, "TIME's Best Portraits of 2019," 18 Dec. 2019 Balcomb is based in New York City but is often on the road setting up interviews with congresspeople, activists, and presidential candidates—and even more often, traveling for friends’ weddings. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: ‘The Daily’ Executive Producer Theo Balcomb Has Been Using the Same Travel Bag Since Third Grade," 8 Nov. 2019 Contracts and subcontracts for Lockheed’s F-35, for example, are spread across 307 congressional districts in forty-five states, thus ensuring the fealty of a commensurate number of congresspeople as well as ninety senators. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "The Military-Industrial Virus," 10 June 2019 House Democrats have been trying to circumvent Trump’s wishes by going straight to the IRS to get the returns, prompting White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to insult the intelligence of congresspeople. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "4 Things That Might Be Easier Than Getting Donald Trump’s Tax Returns," 15 Apr. 2019 Not every penny spent on persuading congresspeople has to be reported—and a lot of political activities, like think tank funding, don’t count as lobbying. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Fossil fuel lobbyists grossly outspend “Big Green”," 20 July 2018 Democratic congresspeople, government ethics organizations, and congressional committees have asked for additional investigations, filed lawsuits and challenges, and are conducting inquiries in many other issues. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Scott Pruitt Blew It: A List of Scandals That Led to the EPA Chief's Resignation," 5 July 2018 There’s also a widget that anyone can put on their site, urging people to contact their congresspeople. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Reddit, Tumblr, and other sites are adding ‘red alerts’ to support a net neutrality vote in Congress," 9 May 2018 Now her office runneth over with civilians and congresspeople and foreign dignitaries alike. Joel Barhamand, Allure, "The Fascinating Life and Work of Washington D.C.'s Most Renowned Dermatologist," 31 Mar. 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Congresspeople.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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noun plural

Legal Definition of congresspeople

: members of Congress : congressmen and congresswomen

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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