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The Eighty-third United States Congress was a meeting of the legislative branch of the United States federal government, composed of the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. It met in Washington, DC from January 3, 1953 to January 3, 1955, during the first two years of the first administration of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.

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The apportionment of seats in this House of Representatives was based on the Seventeenth Census of the United States in 1950. Both chambers had a Republican majority.

Dates of sessions

January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955

  • First session: January 3, 1953 – August 3, 1953
  • Second session: January 6, 1954 – December 2, 1954

Previous: 82nd Congress • Next: 84th Congress

Major events

Major legislation

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Key Votes

Senate

Legislation Party Yea Nay
Formosa Policy Democrats 12 32
Jan 28, 1955 Republicans 1 42
(rejected)   13 74
China Mutual Defense Treaty Democrats 9 33
Feb 9, 1955 Republicans 1 27
(rejected)   10 60
Raising Congressional Salaries Democrats 30 13
Feb 23, 1955 Republicans 32 11
(passed)   62 24

House of Representatives

Legislation Party Yea Nay
Raising Congressional Salaries Democrats 166 59
Feb 16, 1955 Republicans 117 59
(passed)   283 118
Reciprical Trade Extension Democrats 80 140
Feb 18, 1955 Republicans 119 66
(rejected)   199 206
Reciprical Trade Extension Democrats 186 35
Feb 18, 1955 Republicans 109 75
(passed)   295 110
Taxation Democrats 16 205
Feb 25, 1955 Republicans 189 5
(rejected)   205 210

Party summary

Senate

48 Republicans, 47 Democrats, 1 Independent

House of Representatives

221 Republicans, 213 Democrats, 1 Independent

Total Membership: 435 Representatives, 2 Delegates, 1 Resident Commissioner

Officers

Senate

Majority (Republican) leadership

Minority (Democratic) leadership

House of Representatives

Members

Senate

Senators are popularly elected statewide every two years, with one-third beginning new six year terms with each Congress. Preceding the names in the list below are Senate class numbers, which indicate the cycle of their election.

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Samuel Williams Reynolds (R), appointed to fill vacancy
Roman Hruska (R), elected to fill vacancy
Eva K. Bowring (R), appointed to fill vacancy
Hazel Abel (R), elected to fill vacancy, subsequently resigned
Carl Curtis (R), appointed to fill vacancy

Nevada

Ernest S. Brown (R), appointed to fill vacancy
Alan Bible (D), elected to fill vacancy

New Hampshire

Robert W. Upton (R), appointed to fill vacancy
Norris Cotton (R), elected to fill vacancy

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

Alton Asa Lennon (D), appointed to fill vacancy
W. Kerr Scott (D), elected to fill vacancy
Sam Ervin (D), appointed to fill vacancy

North Dakota

Ohio

Thomas A. Burke (D), appointed to fill vacancy
George H. Bender (R), elected to fill vacancy

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Charles E. Daniel (D), appointed to fill vacancy
Strom Thurmond (D), elected to fill vacancy

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Edward D. Crippa (R), appointed to fill vacancy
Joseph C. O'Mahoney (D), elected to fill vacancy

House of Representatives

Alabama

Arizona

Arkansas

California

C. Norris Poulson (R), resigned 1953-06-11

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

John J. Flynt, Jr. (D), elected to fill vacancy

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

William Huston Natcher (D), elected to fill vacancy

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

Harrison Williams, Jr. (D), elected to fill vacancy

New Mexico

New York

vacant to end

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

Robert T. Ashmore (D), elected to fill vacancy

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

William M. Tuck (D), elected to fill vacancy

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Lester Johnson (D), elected to fill vacancy

Wyoming


Alaska Territory

Hawaii Territory

Mary Elizabeth Pruett Farrington (R), elected to fill vacancy

Puerto Rico

Employees

Senate

House of Representatives


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