Congress  Make-Up  from Year 1855-to-Present


From 1989 to 2011 . . .

StartYear EndYear Congress Re-Election Party Seat

 NOTES:

          # Rate Retention Rate

 

1989 1991 101 90.1% 99.6%

 

1991 1993 102 87.7% 98.3%

 

1993 1995 103 73.6% 98.1%

 

1995 1997 104 79.8% 88.2%

 

1997 1999 105 77.4% 98.7%

 

1999 2001 106 89.9% 99.3%

 

2001 2003 107 88.2% 98.7%

 

2003 2005 108 87.9% 98.1%

65 voted out

2005 2007 109 88.6% 98.7%

61 voted out

2007 2009 110 84.9% 93.1%

81 voted out: (68 (=16(D)+51(R)+1(I) in the House)) + (13 (=3(D)+9(R)+1(I) in the Senate))

2009 2011 111 86.9% 94.0%

70 voted out: (57 (=13(D)+44(R) in the House)) + (13 (=3(D)+10(R) in the Senate))

  AVERAGE= 85.0% 96.8%

 


Average Party Seat Retention rate between 2009 and 2011:   93.3%
Average Party Seat Retention rate between 2007 and 2009:   93.1%
Average Party Seat Retention rate between 2000 and 2006:   97.6%
Average Party Seat Retention rate between 1996 and 2006:   96.4%
Average Party Seat Retention rate between 1980 and 2006:   96.5%
Average Party Seat Retention rate between 1855 and 2006:   91.2%

Voters give Congress dismal 11% to 18% approval ratings, but then do a very strange thing:  Reward Congress with 85% (or higher) re-election rates.

During a portion of the Great Depression (38.8% (206 of 531) of the incumbents were ousted in year 1933) . . .

StartYear EndYear Congress Re-Election Party Seat  NOTES (voters obviously grew increasingly unhappy between 1927 and 1935):
        # Rate Retention Rate
1927 1929 70 th 83.6% 96.4% 87 voted out
1929 1931 71 st 79.7% 92.5% 108 voted out
1931 1933 72 nd 76.8% 88.5% 123 voted out
1933 1935 73 rd 61.2% 78.7% 206 voted out (59 Democrats, 147 Republicans)

In year 1933, unhappy voters ousted 206 Congress persons (i.e 38.8%=206/531) from Congress (or 44.1% =206/[435 + (96/3)], since only one-third of the Senate is up for re-election every 6 years, considering there were only 96 Senators in year 1933, and the same number of Representatives as today (i.e. 435), for a total of 531 Congress persons in year 1933).

Eventually, enough voters will most likely do it again and vote out record numbers of incumbent politicians from do-nothing Congress again, when the consequences of repeatedly rewarding irresponsible incumbent politicians with perpetual re-election finally becomes too painful.  Already, these 17+ economic conditions are now worse then ever and/or since the 1930s and 1940s, due to the perpetuation of these 10+ abuses for the past 30+ years (abuses that did not all come about by mere coincidence).  Perhaps enough voters will finally question the wisdom and habit of repeatedly rewarding irresponsible incumbent politicians with perpetual re-election when enough voters are jobless, homeless, and hungry?   Pain and misery is often the final lesson and self-correction mechanism.  Pain and misery is one of the most effective types of motivation and education.

    Senate House PARTY SEAT RE-
Congress Years Total Dems Reps Others Vacant Total Dems Reps Others Vacant TENTION RATE
34th 18551857 62 42 15 5 0 234 83 108 43 0  
35th 18571859 64 39 20 5 0 237 131 92 14 0 82.4%
36th 18591861 66 38 26 2 0 237 101 113 23 0 88.1%
37th 18611863 50 11 31 7 1 178 42 106 28 2 62.3%
38th 18631865 51 12 39 0 0 183 80 103 0 0 80.3%
39th 18651867 52 10 42 0 0 191 46 145 0 0 81.5%
40th 18671869 53 11 42 0 0 193 49 143 0 1 98.4%
41st 18691871 74 11 61 0 2 243 73 170 0 0 85.5%
42nd 18711873 74 17 57 0 0 243 104 139 0 0 88.3%
43rd 18731875 74 19 54 0 1 293 88 203 0 2 81.7%
44th 18751877 76 29 46 0 1 293 181 107 3 2 71.3%
45th 18771879 76 36 39 1 0 293 156 137 0 0 90.0%
46th 18791881 76 43 33 0 0 293 150 128 14 1 94.3%
47th 18811883 76 37 37 2 0 293 130 152 11 0 91.9%
48th 18831885 76 36 40 0 0 325 200 119 6 0 81.8%
49th 18851887 76 34 41 0 1 325 182 140 2 1 94.3%
50th 18871889 76 37 39 0 0 325 170 151 4 0 96.3%
51st 18891891 84 37 47 0 0 330 156 173 1 0 92.8%
52nd 18911893 88 39 47 2 0 333 231 88 14 0 79.3%
53rd 18931895 88 44 38 3 3 356 220 126 10 0 89.4%
54th 18951897 88 39 44 5 0 357 104 246 7 0 71.7%
55th 18971899 90 34 46 10 0 357 134 206 16 1 89.9%
56th 18991901 90 26 53 11 0 357 163 185 9 0 91.7%
57th 19011903 90 29 56 3 2 357 153 198 5 1 95.3%
58th 19031905 90 32 58 0 0 386 178 207 0 1 94.1%
59th 19051907 90 32 58 0 0 386 136 250 0 0 91.0%
60th 19071909 92 29 61 0 2 386 164 222 0 0 93.5%
61st 19091911 92 32 59 0 1 391 172 219 0 0 97.7%
62nd 19111913 92 42 49 0 1 391 228 162 1 0 86.1%
63rd 19131915 96 51 44 1 0 435 290 127 18 0 86.6%
64th 19151917 96 56 39 1 0 435 231 193 8 3 86.6%
65th 19171919 96 53 42 1 0 435 210 216 9 0 95.1%
66th 19191921 96 47 48 1 0 435 191 237 7 0 94.9%
67th 19211923 96 37 59 0 0 435 132 300 1 2 86.1%
68th 19231925 96 43 51 2 0 435 207 225 3 0 84.4%
69th 19251927 96 40 54 1 1 435 183 247 5 0 94.9%
70th 19271929 96 47 48 1 0 435 195 237 3 0 96.4%
71st 19291931 96 39 56 1 0 435 163 267 1 4 92.5%
72nd 19311933 96 47 48 1 0 435 216 218 1 0 88.5%
73rd 19331935 96 59 36 1 0 435 313 117 5 0 78.7%
74th 19351937 96 69 25 2 0 435 322 103 10 0 95.3%
75th 19371939 96 75 17 4 0 435 333 89 13 0 95.9%
76th 19391941 96 69 23 4 0 435 262 169 4 0 83.8%
77th 19411943 96 66 28 2 0 435 267 162 6 0 97.7%
78th 19431945 96 57 38 1 0 435 222 209 4 0 89.3%
79th 19451947 96 57 38 1 0 435 243 190 2 0 96.0%
80th 19471949 96 45 51 0 0 435 188 246 1 0 87.0%
81st 19491951 96 54 42 0 0 435 263 171 1 0 84.2%
82nd 19511953 96 48 47 1 0 435 234 199 2 0 93.4%
83rd 19531955 96 46 48 2 0 435 213 221 1 0 95.5%
84th 19551957 96 48 47 1 0 435 232 203 0 0 96.0%
85th 19571959 96 49 47 0 0 435 234 201 0 0 99.4%
86th 19591961 98 64 34 0 0 436 283 153 0 0 88.0%
87th 19611963 100 64 36 0 0 437 262 175 0 0 95.5%
88th 19631965 100 67 33 0 0 435 258 176 0 1 98.7%
89th 19651967 100 68 32 0 0 435 295 140 0 0 92.9%
90th 19671969 100 64 36 0 0 435 248 187 0 0 90.5%
91st 19691971 100 58 42 0 0 435 243 192 0 0 97.9%
92nd 19711973 100 54 44 2 0 435 255 180 0 0 97.0%
93rd 19731975 100 56 42 2 0 435 242 192 1 0 97.2%
94th 19751977 100 61 37 2 0 435 291 144 0 0 89.9%
95th 19771979 100 61 38 1 0 435 292 143 0 0 99.6%
96th 19791981 100 58 41 1 0 435 277 158 0 0 96.6%
97th 19811983 100 46 53 1 0 435 242 192 1 0 91.2%
98th 19831985 100 46 54 0 0 435 269 166 0 0 94.8%
99th 19851987 100 47 53 0 0 435 253 182 0 0 96.8%
100th 19871989 100 55 45 0 0 435 258 177 0 0 97.6%
101st 19891991 100 55 45 0 0 435 260 175 0 0 99.6%
102nd 19911993 100 56 44 0 0 435 267 167 1 0 98.3%
103rd 19931995 100 57 43 0 0 435 258 176 1 0 98.1%
104th 19951997 100 48 52 0 0 435 204 230 1 0 88.2%
105th 19971999 100 45 55 0 0 435 207 226 2 0 98.7%
106th 19992001 100 45 55 0 0 435 211 223 1 0 99.3%
107th 20012003 100 50 50 0 0 435 212 221 2 0 98.7%
108th 20032005 100 48 51 1 0 435 205 229 1 0 98.1%
109th 2005-2007 100 44 55 1 0 435 202 231 1 1 98.7%
110th 2007-2009 100 49 49 2 0 435 233 202 0 0 93.1%
111th 2009-2011 100 56 42 1 0 435 257 177 2 0 94.0%

NOTE:   7 seats are still To Be Determined (TBD) for the 111th Congress due to some resignations, appointments, and recounts.
      


United States Congresses   
   
    1 (1789) 11 (1809) 21 (1829) 31 (1849) 41 (1869) 51 (1889) 61 (1909) 71 (1929) 81 (1949) 91 (1969) 101 (1989) 111 (2009)
2 (1791) 12 (1811) 22 (1831) 32 (1851) 42 (1871) 52 (1891) 62 (1911) 72 (1931) 82 (1951) 92 (1971) 102 (1991) 112 (2011)
3 (1793) 13 (1813) 23 (1833) 33 (1853) 43 (1873) 53 (1893) 63 (1913) 73 (1933) 83 (1953) 93 (1973) 103 (1993)  
4 (1795) 14 (1815) 24 (1835) 34 (1855) 44 (1875) 54 (1895) 64 (1915) 74 (1935) 84 (1955) 94 (1975) 104 (1995)  
5 (1797) 15 (1817) 25 (1837) 35 (1857) 45 (1877) 55 (1897) 65 (1917) 75 (1937) 85 (1957) 95 (1977) 105 (1997)  
6 (1799) 16 (1819) 26 (1839) 36 (1859) 46 (1879) 56 (1899) 66 (1919) 76 (1939) 86 (1959) 96 (1979) 106 (1999)  
7 (1801) 17 (1821) 27 (1841) 37 (1861) 47 (1881) 57 (1901) 67 (1921) 77 (1941) 87 (1961) 97 (1981) 107 (2001)  
8 (1803) 18 (1823) 28 (1843) 38 (1863) 48 (1883) 58 (1903) 68 (1923) 78 (1943) 88 (1963) 98 (1983) 108 (2003)  
9 (1805) 19 (1825) 29 (1845) 39 (1865) 49 (1885) 59 (1905) 69 (1925) 79 (1945) 89 (1965) 99 (1985) 109 (2005)  
10 (1807) 20 (1827) 30 (1847) 40 (1867) 50 (1887) 60 (1907) 70 (1927) 80 (1947) 90 (1967) 100 (1987) 110 (2007)  
                       
 
   
CONGRESS' To-Do List (see what Congress has done since the NOV-2006 election)
30+ Years of Regressive Systems that Did Not Come About By Mere Coincidence
Why Incumbents Are Elected 95% of the Time (Unfair Incumbent Advantages)
What you should know about fiat-funny-money (47 minute video)
The Problem and the Solution (account for the human factor)
Irresponsible Incumbents (what irresponsible incumbent politicians do while troops risk life and limb)
PROs and CONs (why to stop re-electing irresponsible incumbent politicians)
National Debt (it will take 153 years to pay off the National Debt)
Consider the Following Scenario (must we always learn the hard way?
Plunder of the Environment (population, arable land, over-fishing)
Solutions (common-sense, no-brainer reforms that politicians resist)
Help Educate Others (peacefully force government to be responsible and accountable too!)
Congress is denying the voters' right to an Article V Convention (FOAVC.org)
Badly-Needed, Common-Sense Reforms
The Cheater's Philosophy (learn to recognize their manipulation)
Frequently Asked Questions
   

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