Published January 05, 2011
The 112th Congress brings a lot of new numbers to Washington, including 94 freshman, of which 85 are Republicans and nine are Democrats. In total, 242 House members are Republicans while 193 are Democrats.
Two other Republicans were elected to the House on Nov. 2, but were sworn near the end of the 111th Congress. Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana filled the vacancy caused by the resignation of Republican Rep. Mark Souder while Rep. Tom Reed of New York filled the vacancy caused by the resignation of Democratic Rep. Eric Massa.
Over on the Senate side, 13 new senators will be sworn in Wednesday by Vice President Joe Biden in his capacity as president of the Senate, plus another three freshmen who were elected in November but were sworn in during the 111th Congress. Thirty-five senators are taking the oath.
The new makeup of the Senate is 51 Democrats, 2 independents who vote with Democrats and 47 Republicans, which includes Alaska's newly re-elected Sen. Lisa Murkowski.
Rep. John Boehner becomes the 53rd speaker of the House though it will be the 61st term for a speaker. Some individuals were speaker more than once and served non-consecutive terms.
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