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117th United States Congress: A Survey of Books Written by Members

Comprised of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, the 117th Congress convened on January 3, 2021, and will end on January 3, 2023. This guide list titles authored by members currently available in the Library of Congress collections.

Introduction

Carol M. Highsmith, photographer. House Members Room. View of room, with mosaic panel entitled Law by Frederick Dielman, in background. Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, Washington, D.C. 2010. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

This guide provides a list of books written by Members of 117th U.S. Congress that are available in the general collections of the Library of Congress. If a book is not listed here, it may be because of the published format of the title (e.g., audio, ebook, etc.) or, because the book has not yet been received at the Library from the publisher.

The 117th Congress convened on January 3, 2021. It is currently the most diverse Congress in history, including:

  • 59 African Americans
  • 54 Hispanic and Latinos
  • 23 Asian Americans
  • 6 Native Americans (4 Native Americans were re-elected and 2 newly elected)
  • 148 Members are women

The average age of Members of the House at the beginning of the 117th Congress was 58.4 years; of Senators, 64.3 years.

The 117th Congress is made up of 437 Representatives (not including 4 vacant seats) and 100 Senators, with Democrats holding the House majority. In the Senate, there are 50 Republicans, 48 Democrats and 2 Independents which caucus Democrat.

Most Members have college degrees (96%) and come from a variety of backgrounds. Law, politics, and business are the primary occupational fields represented by Congress.

Biographical information for each author included in this guide is available on the Congress.gov website: