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 On Wednesday, Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal and 231 of her fellow congresspeople voted to impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Pramila Jayapal: “We Don’t Know If We Can Trust Our Republican Colleagues”," 15 Jan. 2021 Two Democratic congresspeople from New Jersey praised executive orders President Joe Biden signed shortly after he was sworn into office. Todd Defeo, Washington Examiner, "New Jersey congressional Democrats praise Biden executive orders," 22 Jan. 2021 Pennsylvania representative Susan Wild noted that swaths of congresspeople refused to wear a mask even when offered to them. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "The attack on the Capitol had all the ingredients of a COVID-19 superspreader event," 12 Jan. 2021 There are current reports of shootings inside the Capitol building, where congresspeople are attempting to shelter, and there is little sign of demonstrators ceasing or standing down. Sarah Midkiff,, "Trump Supporters Have Violently Stormed The Capitol. Here’s What We Know So Far," 6 Jan. 2021 Why wouldn't any Democratic senator join with those Democratic congresspeople? NBC News, "Meet the Press - December 27, 2020," 27 Dec. 2020 In Washington, our senators and congresspeople continue to play with the livelihoods of our restaurant owners and workers in a noxious game of chicken. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The lack of help for our restaurants is a national disgrace," 12 Dec. 2020 Electoral votes are determined by adding together a state's number of senators and their number of congresspeople. Allison Carter, The Indianapolis Star, "This is how many electoral votes Indiana has and how that number is determined," 3 Nov. 2020 In Indiana, that's two senators and nine congresspeople for a total of 11. Allison Carter, The Indianapolis Star, "This is how many electoral votes Indiana has and how that number is determined," 3 Nov. 2020

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Congresspeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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noun plural

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: members of Congress : congressmen and congresswomen

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