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Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2012


This report briefly describes current responsibilities and selection mechanisms for 15 House and Senate party leadership posts and provides tables with historical data, including service dates, party affiliation, and other information for each. Tables have been updated as of the report's issuance date to reflect leadership changes. Although party divisions appeared almost from the First Congress, the formally structured party leadership organizations now taken for granted are a relatively modern development. Constitutionally specified leaders, namely the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore of the Senate, can be identified since the first Congress. Other leadership posts, however, were not formally recognized until about the middle of the 19th century, and some are 20th century creations.This report will be updated as changes in House and Senate party leadership positions occur. .


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Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2012  [Order No: RL30567  Release Date: Dec 18,2012  Pages: 36]

Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2011  [Order No: RL30567  Release Date: Feb 11,2011  Pages: 35]

Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2010  [Order No: RL30567  Release Date: Jun 29,2010  Pages: 35]

Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2009  [Order No: RL30567  Release Date: Nov 25,2008  Pages: 38]

Party Leaders in the United States Congress, 1789-2007  [Order No: RL30567  Release Date: Feb 27,2007  Pages: 38]

Party Leaders in Congress, 1789-2004: Vital Statistics  [Order No: RL30567  Release Date: Jul 26,2004  Pages: 35]