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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Does Joyce understand that a president’s oath is to support and defend the [00:02:00] Constitution just like a congressperson? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2022 President-elect Joe Biden has chosen Representative Deb Haaland, a first-term congressperson from New Mexico, to be his secretary of the interior. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 17 Dec. 2020 Avoid these types of plastics, look for nail polishes free of those chemicals, sign this petition and don’t forget to reach out to your congressperson about that bill. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 When looking to address a big social problem, don’t just write to your congressperson–contact your latte vendor. Alex Veytsel, Fortune, 25 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Congressperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Legal Definition


: a congressman or congresswoman
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