con·​gress·​per·​son ˈkäŋ-(g)rəs-ˌpər-sən How to pronounce congressperson (audio)
variants or congress person
plural congresspeople ˈkäŋ-(g)rəs-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce congressperson (audio) or congress people also congresspersons or congress persons
: a member of a congress and especially of the U.S. House of Representatives : a congressman or congresswoman

Examples of congressperson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every few minutes, someone else — a former congressperson, a prominent downtown investor, the restaurant’s scion — stopped to shake hands. Grayson Haver Currin, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Unlike the other possibilities — most of them small-state governors and obscure congresspersons — Pompeo comes fully vetted in a year when the media will surely give Trump’s choice a full, head-to-toe body scan. Neal B. Freeman, National Review, 27 Mar. 2024 The app featured a full-screen prompt for users to enter their zip codes and receive the number for their congressperson to call and urge against a TikTok ban. Lauren Feiner, The Verge, 15 Mar. 2024 A little poking around into Hudson's background reveals that the congressperson is a stickler for the rules and an expert in finding out secrets. Tanya Melendez,, 15 May 2023 Karen Bass, a former congressperson and current mayor of Los Angeles, has also joined the suit. Dell Cameron, WIRED, 1 Dec. 2023 Cicilline said his advice to the next congressperson would be: Pay attention to your constituents. Globe Staff,, 5 Sep. 2023 In 1995, Imelda was elected a congressperson for her hometown Leyte, and in 2010, she was elected to represent Ferdinand’s home province of Ilocos Norte. Time, 27 July 2023 The people who speak up, who needle their local congressperson, who know their communities well—those are the people who make change. Mattie Kahn, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of congressperson was in 1916

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“Congressperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: a congressman or congresswoman
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