A commitment to service is a hallmark of a Jesuit education. Evidence of that commitment is demonstrated by the many Jesuit college and university alumni/ae serving as Members of the U.S. Congress: ten percent of members in the 115th Congress have obtained degrees from Jesuit institutions of higher education. See below for a list of the current alumni in Congress.

United States Senate (12)

 

Senator John Barrasso
(R-WY) Appointed 2007, Elected 2008
B.A. Georgetown University (1974)
M.D. Georgetown University (1978)

Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.
(D-PA) Elected 2006
B.A. College of the Holy Cross (1982)

Senator Richard J. Durbin
(D-IL) Elected 1996
B.S.F.S. Georgetown University (1966) 
J.D. Georgetown University (1969)

Senator Mazie Hirono
(D-HI) Elected 2012
J.D. Georgetown University (1978)

Senator Patrick J. Leahy
(D-VT) Elected 1974
J.D. Georgetown University (1964)

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
(D-NV) Elected 2016
J.D. Gonzaga University (1990)

Senator Edward J. Markey
(D-MA) Elected 2013
B.A. Boston College (1968)
J.D. Boston College (1972)

Senator Robert Menendez
(D-NJ) Appointed & Elected 2006
B.A. Saint Peter's University (1976)

Senator Lisa Murkowski
(R-AK) Appointed 2002, Elected 2004
B.A. Georgetown University (1980)


Senator Gary Peters
(D-MI) Elected 2014
M.B.A. University of Detroit Mercy (1984)

Senator Dan Sullivan
(R-AK) Elected 2014
J.D.-M.S.F.S. Georgetown University (1993)

Senator Chris Van Hollen, Jr.
(D-MD) Elected 2016
J.D. Georgetown University (1990)

Bold names indicate new members

United States House of Representatives (43)

 


Representative Vern Buchanan
(R-FL) Elected 2006
M.B.A. University of Detroit Mercy (1986)

Representative Michael Capuano
(D-MA) Elected 1998
J.D. Boston College (1977)

Representative David Cicilline
(D-RI) Elected 2010
J.D. Georgetown University (1986)

Representative Barbara Comstock
(R-VA) Elected 2014
J.D. Georgetown University (1986)

Representative Henry Cuellar
(D-TX) Elected 2004
B.S.F.S. Georgetown University (1978)

Representative John Delaney
(D-MD) Elected 2012
J.D. Georgetown University (1988)

Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
(D-CT) Elected 1990
B.A. Marymount College* (1964)

Representative Mark DeSaulnier
(D-CA) Elected 2014
B.A. College of the Holy Cross (1974)

Representative Debbie Dingell
(D-MI) Elected 2014
B.S.F.S. Georgetown University (1975)
M.A.L.S. Georgetown University (1998)

Representative Dan Donovan
(R-NY) Appointed 2015
J.D. Fordham University (1988)

Representative John Faso
(R-NY) Elected 2016
J.D. Georgetown University (1979)


Representative Jeff Fortenberry
(R-NE) Elected 2004
M.P.P. Georgetown University (1986)

Representative Lois Frankel
(D-FL) Elected 2012
J.D. Georgetown University (1973)

Representative Mike Gallagher
(R-WI) Elected 2016
M.A. Georgetown University (2012 & 2013)
Ph.D. Georgetown University (2015)

Representative Paul Gosar
(R-AZ) Elected 2010
B.S. Creighton University (1981)
D.D.S. Creighton University (1985)

Representative Trey Hollingsworth
(R-IN) Elected 2016
M.P.P. Georgetown University (2014)

Representative Steny H. Hoyer
(D-MD) Elected 1981
J.D. Georgetown University (1966)

Representative Jared Huffman
(D-CA) Elected 2012
J.D. Boston College (1990)


Representative Pramila Jayapal
(D-WA) Elected 2016
B.A. Georgetown University (1986)

Representative Hakeem Jeffries
(D-NY) Elected 2012
M.P.P. Georgetown University (1994)

Representative William Keating
(D-MA) Elected 2010
B.A. Boston College (1974)
M.B.A. Boston College (1982)

Representative Ann McLane Kuster
(D-NH) Elected 2012
J.D. Georgetown University (1984)

Representative Ted Lieu
(D-CA) Elected 2014
J.D. Georgetown University (1994)

Representative Frank A. LoBiondo
(R-NJ) Elected 1994
B.S. Saint Joseph's University (1968)

Representative Zoe Lofgren
(D-CA) Elected 1994
J.D. Santa Clara University (1975)

Representative Stephen Lynch
(D-MA) Elected 2000
J.D. Boston College (1991)

Representative Gwen Moore
(D-WI) Elected 2004
B.A. Marquette University (1978)

Representative Stephanie Murphy
(D-FL) Elected 2016
M.S.F.S. Georgetown University (2004)

Representative Timothy F. Murphy
(R-PA) Elected 2002
B.A. Wheeling Jesuit University (1974)

Representative Jerrold Nadler
(D-NY) Elected 1992
J.D. Fordham University (1978)


Representative Jimmy Panetta
(D-CA) Elected 2016
J.D. Santa Clara University (1996)

Representative William J. Pascrell, Jr.
(D-NJ) Elected 1996
B.A. Fordham University (1959)
M.A. Fordham University (1961)

Delegate Stacey Plaskett
(D-VI) Elected 2014
B.S.F.S. Georgetown University (1988)

Representative Michael Quigley
(D-IL) Elected 2009
J.D. Loyola University Chicago (1989)

Representative Francis Rooney
(R-FL) Elected 2016
B.A. Georgetown University (1975) 
J.D. Georgetown University (1978)

Representative Robert C. Scott
(D-VA) Elected 1992
J.D. Boston College (1973)


Representative Albio Sires
(D-NJ) Elected 2006
B.A. Saint Peter's University (1974)

Representative Adam Smith
(D-WA) Elected 1996
B.A. Fordham University (1987)

Representative Tom Suozzi
(D-NY) Elected 2016
B.S. Boston College (1984)
J.D. Fordham University (1989)

Representative Juan C. Vargas
(D-CA) Elected 2012
M.A. Fordham University (1987)

Representative Filemon Vela
(D-TX) Elected 2012
B.A. Georgetown University (1985)

Representative Peter J. Visclosky
(D-IN) Elected 1984
L.L.M. Georgetown University (1982)


Representative Peter Welch
(D-VT) Elected 2006
A.B. College of the Holy Cross (1969)

Bold names indicate new members

*Marymount College later merged with Fordham University.

We strive for accuracy in our bi-annual report on Jesuit alumni in Congress but should any errors be found, please contact AJCU's director of communications, Deanna Howes (dhowes@ajcunet.edu) and we will update this page immediately.