Six of the alumni representing the districts across the country in the U.S. House of Representatives and one in the Senate were newly elected to those chambers – including Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) (C’86), the first woman of South Asian descent to be elected to the House.
Other newly elected House members include:
- Rep. John Faso (R-New York) (L’79)
- Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin) (G’12,13, 15)
- Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (R-Indiana) (G’14)
- Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Florida) (G’04)
- Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Florida) (C’75, L’78)
Newly elected Sen. Christopher Van Hollen (D-Maryland) leaves his House seat to join six incumbent alumni in the Senate:
- Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) (C’74, M’78)
- Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Illinois) (SFS’66, L’69)
- Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) (L’78)
- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) (L’64)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) (C’80)
- Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) (G’93, L’93).
Georgetown faculty member Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, D.C.), joined the university’s law school in 1982 and has served in the House for more than 26 years.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-South Carolina) (SFS’89), who has served in the House since 2011, has been nominated by President-elect Trump to serve as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
Georgetown’s long tradition of having a presence in Congress can be traced back to the university’s first student – William Gaston.
Gaston served in the House as a Federalist from North Carolina between 1813 and 1817. He played a significant role in helping Georgetown obtain the federal charter that allowed it to award academic degrees. The charter was signed into law by President James Madison on March 1, 1815.