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

Definition of congressperson

: 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 For instance, Bill Nelson, the current NASA administrator, flew on board the space shuttle Columbia in 1986 as a U.S. congressperson, the second such politician to tag along on a NASA mission. Time, 4 Aug. 2021 There's no reason why the District of Columbia should not be a state and have all those benefits, including two US senators and a congressperson who can vote in the House. Jake Rosen, CBS News, 1 Jan. 2021 In 1904, the Government Printing Office made the first official set of reproductions, one of which was to be given to each U.S. congressperson. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Write or call your congressperson asking them to support boosting SNAP. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 1 Dec. 2020 Voice your support for SNAP with a letter (or call) to your congressperson. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 1 Dec. 2020 Torres, a Bronx native who identifies as Afro Latinx, is also the first LGBTQ congressperson from New York City. NBC News, 8 Nov. 2020 Does your child want to write a letter to a congressperson? Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2020 As of this writing, there isn’t a single Republican congressperson wavering in his or her fealty to the President. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of congressperson

1916, in the meaning defined above

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“Congressperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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Legal Definition of congressperson

: a congressman or congresswoman


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