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40 new members of the 111th Congress.
(One pictured member, Marcia Fudge, is not technically a freshman; as she was sworn in near the end of the 110th Congress.)

The 111th United States Congress began on January 3, 2009. As of October 13, 2009, there were at least 16 new senators and 57 new representatives.


New members at the beginning of the 111th Congress



State Senator Party change? Prior background Religion Birth year
Alaska Mark Begich (D) Yes
Defeated Ted Stevens
Anchorage Assembly, Mayor of Anchorage Roman Catholic 1962
Colorado Mark Udall (D) Yes
Open seat; Replaced Wayne Allard
State Representative, U.S. House of Representatives Christian 1950
Idaho Jim Risch (R) No
Open seat; Replaced Larry Craig
State Senate Majority Leader, Governor of Idaho, Lieutenant Governor of Idaho Roman Catholic 1943
Minnesota Al Franken (D) Yes
Defeated Norm Coleman
Comedian, Author, Radio Host, and Political Commentator Judaism 1951
Nebraska Mike Johanns (R) No
Open seat; Replaced Chuck Hagel
Mayor of Lincoln, Governor of Nebraska, United States Secretary of Agriculture Roman Catholic 1950
New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen (D) Yes
Defeated John Sununu
New Hampshire State Senate, Governor of New Hampshire Protestant 1947
New Mexico Tom Udall (D) Yes
Open seat; Replaced Pete Domenici
Attorney General of New Mexico, U.S. House of Representatives Mormon 1948
North Carolina Kay Hagan (D) Yes
Defeated Elizabeth Dole
Sunday School Teacher, State Senator Presbyterian 1953
Oregon Jeff Merkley (D) Yes
Defeated Gordon Smith
Oregon House of Representatives,Oregon House Speaker Lutheran 1956
Virginia Mark Warner (D) Yes
Open seat; Replaced John Warner
Governor of Virginia Presbyterian 1954

House of Representatives

District Representative Party Change? Prior background Religion Birth year
Alabama 2 Bobby Bright (D) Yes Mayor of Montgomery Baptist 1952
Alabama 5 Parker Griffith (D) No oncologist
State Senator
Episcopalian 1942
Arizona 1 Ann Kirkpatrick (D) Yes attorney
Arizona House of Representatives
Roman Catholic 1950
California 4 Tom McClintock (R) No State Senator Baptist 1956
California 52 Duncan D. Hunter (R) No United States Marine Corps Protestant 1976
Colorado 2 Jared Polis (D) No Businessman, Colorado State Board of Education Jewish 1975
Colorado 4 Betsy Markey (D) Yes Businesswoman Roman Catholic 1956
Colorado 6 Mike Coffman (R) No State Legislator, Colorado State Treasurer,
Colorado Secretary of State
United Methodist 1955
Connecticut 4 Jim Himes (D) Yes Businessman Presbyterian 1966
Florida 8 Alan Grayson (D) Yes Attorney Jewish 1958
Florida 15 Bill Posey (R) No State Senator Methodist 1947
Florida 16 Tom Rooney (R) Yes Attorney Roman Catholic 1970
Florida 24 Suzanne Kosmas (D) Yes State Representative Methodist 1944
Idaho 1 Walt Minnick (D) Yes Businessman Unitarian 1942
Illinois 11 Debbie Halvorson (D) Yes State Senate Majority Leader Lutheran 1958
Illinois 18 Aaron Schock (R) No State Representative Baptist 1981
Kansas 2 Lynn Jenkins (R) Yes State Legislator,
Kansas State Treasurer
United Methodist 1963
Kentucky 2 Brett Guthrie (R) No State Senator Church of Christ 1964
Louisiana 2 Anh "Joseph" Cao (R) Yes Attorney, Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors Roman Catholic 1967
Louisiana 4 John C. Fleming (R) No Physician, Webster Parish Coroner Baptist 1951
Louisiana 6 Bill Cassidy (R) Yes Physician
State Senator
Christian 1957
Maine 1 Chellie Pingree (D) No Common Cause President,
State Senate Majority Leader
Lutheran 1955
Maryland 1 Frank Kratovil (D) Yes Queen Anne's County State's Attorney Episcopalian 1968
Michigan 7 Mark Schauer (D) Yes Michigan House of Representatives
State Senate Minority Leader
Protestant 1961
Michigan 9 Gary Peters (D) Yes Political Science professor at Central Michigan University
State Senator,
Michigan Lottery Commissioner
Lutheran 1958
Minnesota 3 Erik Paulsen (R) No State Representative Lutheran 1965
Mississippi 3 Gregg Harper (R) No Attorney, Rankin County Party Chairman Baptist 1956
Missouri 9 Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) No Missouri House of Representatives,
State Tourism Director
Roman Catholic 1960
Nevada 3 Dina Titus (D) Yes Professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
State Senate Minority Leader
Greek Orthodox 1950
New Jersey 3 John Adler (D) Yes attorney
Cherry Hill Township Council,
State Senator
Jewish 1959
New Jersey 7 Leonard Lance (R) No State Senator Roman Catholic 1952
New Mexico 1 Martin Heinrich (D) Yes Albuquerque City Council President Lutheran 1971
New Mexico 2 Harry Teague (D) Yes Lea County Commissioner Baptist 1949
New Mexico 3 Ben R. Luján (D) No New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Roman Catholic 1972
New York 13 Michael McMahon (D) Yes attorney
New York City Councilman
Roman Catholic 1957
New York 21 Paul Tonko (D) No Engineer, State Assemblyman Roman Catholic 1949
New York 25 Dan Maffei (D) Yes Congressional aide Roman Catholic 1968
New York 26 Chris Lee (R) No Philanthropist Protestant 1964
New York 29 Eric Massa (D) Yes Philanthropist, United States Navy Roman Catholic 1959
North Carolina 8 Larry Kissell (D) Yes Social Studies Teacher Southern Baptist 1951
Ohio 1 Steve Driehaus (D) Yes State Representative Roman Catholic 1966
Ohio 7 Steve Austria (R) No State Representative,
State Senator
Roman Catholic 1958
Ohio 15 Mary Jo Kilroy (D) Yes Franklin County Commissioner Roman Catholic 1949
Ohio 16 John Boccieri (D) Yes State Representative,
State Senator
Roman Catholic 1969
Oregon 5 Kurt Schrader (D) No Veterinarian
State Representative,
State Senator
Episcopalian 1951
Pennsylvania 3 Kathy Dahlkemper (D) Yes Businesswoman
clinical dietitian
Roman Catholic 1957
Pennsylvania 5 Glenn Thompson (R) No Centre County Party Chairman Protestant 1959
Tennessee 1 Phil Roe (R) No Physician, Mayor of Johnson City Methodist 1945
Texas 22 Pete Olson (R) Yes Congressional aide United Methodist 1962
Utah 3 Jason Chaffetz (R) No Businessman Mormon 1967
Virginia 2 Glenn Nye (D) Yes Foreign Service Officer Presbyterian 1974
Virginia 5 Tom Perriello (D) Yes Attorney Roman Catholic 1974
Virginia 11 Gerry Connolly (D) Yes Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Roman Catholic 1950
Wyoming at-Large Cynthia Lummis (R) No State Legislator, Wyoming State Treasurer Lutheran 1954

Non-voting members

District Representative Switched Party Prior background Religion Birth year
Puerto Rico at-large Pedro Pierluisi (PNP/D) Yes[2] Puerto Rico Secretary of Justice Roman Catholic 1959
Northern Mariana Islands at-large Gregorio Sablan (I) New Seat Election Commission Director Roman Catholic 1955

New members who joined during the 111th Congress


State Senator Prior background Religion Birth year Assumed office Notes
Illinois Roland Burris (D) Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Comptroller
Baptist 1937 January 15, 2009 Replaced Barack Obama (D), who resigned November 16, 2008 to focus on his transition to the presidency
Delaware Ted Kaufman (D) Congressional Chief of Staff Roman Catholic 1939 January 16, 2009 Replaced Joe Biden (D), who resigned on January 15, 2009 in expectation of becoming Vice President of the United States.
Colorado Michael Bennet (D) Denver Public Schools Superintendent Unknown 1964 January 22, 2009 Replaced Ken Salazar (D), who resigned to become Secretary of the Interior on January 20, 2009.
New York Kirsten Gillibrand (D) United States Representative Roman Catholic 1966 January 26, 2009 Replaced Hillary Rodham Clinton (D), who resigned to become Secretary of State on January 21, 2009.
Florida George LeMieux (R) Attorney, Chief of Staff to Gov. Charlie Crist Roman Catholic 1969 September 10, 2009 Replaced Mel Martinez (R), who resigned on September 9, 2009.
Massachusetts Paul G. Kirk (D) Attorney, Democratic National Committee chair Roman Catholic 1938 September 25, 2009 Replaced Ted Kennedy (D), who died on August 25, 2009.


District Representative Prior background Religion Birth year Assumed office Notes
Illinois 5 Mike Quigley (D) Cook County Commissioner Roman Catholic 1959 April 21, 2009 Replaced Rahm Emanuel (D), who resigned January 2, 2009 in expectation of becoming White House Chief of Staff
New York 20 Scott Murphy (D) Businessman, venture capitalist 1970 April 29, 2009 Replaced Kirsten Gillibrand (D), who resigned January 26, 2009 after being appointed to the Senate.
California 32 Judy Chu (D) Mayor of Monterey Park, California State Assembly, State Board of Equalization member 1953 July 16, 2009 Replaced Hilda Solis (D), who resigned February 24, 2009 after being sworn in as United States Secretary of Labor.
California 10 John Garamendi (D) Lieutenant Governor of California, California Insurance Commissioner, Deputy US Secretary of the Interior, California Senate, California Assembly 1945 November 5, 2009 Replaced Ellen Tauscher (D), who resigned June 26, 2009 after being sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.
New York 23 Bill Owens (D) U.S. Air Force veteran, Professor of business at SUNY Plattsburgh Roman Catholic 1949 November 6, 2009 Replaced John M. McHugh (R), who resigned September 21, 2009 after being sworn in as Secretary of the Army.


  1. ^ Minn. finally has a winner in Senate race: Franken
  2. ^ Pierluisi replaced Luis Fortuño, both of whom belonged to the Puerto Rican New Progressive Party. However, Fortuño caucused with the Republicans, so there was a party change
Preceded by
List of 110th Congress freshmen
Freshman-class members of the 111th Congress Succeeded by
List of 112th Congress freshmen


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