Congressional Directory

Last updated on 12-14-2017

Congressional Directory, 104th Congress (1995-1996) to Present

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About the Congressional Directory

What is the Congressional Directory?

The Congressional Directory is the official directory of the U.S. Congress, prepared by the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP). It presents:

  • Short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district.
  • Committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers for Members of Congress.
  • Lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries.

According to the U.S. Code (44 USC 721), the Congressional Directory is made available during the first session of each new Congress. Subsequent to delivery of the printed 1997-1998 Congressional Directory, the JCP established the practice of producing periodic online interim issues to ensure the public's economical access to current Congressional information. The frequency of these online revisions will be determined by the volume of changes submitted for incorporation. No printed counterpart will exist for these online publication revisions.

What is available?

govinfo contains directories for the 104th (1995-96) Congress forward, as well all Interim editions (online-only revisions) for the 105th Congress forward.


Searching the Congressional Directory

You can find and search the Congressional Directory by:

  • Using Basic Search for keyword and metadata fielded searches,
  • Using Advanced Search; fields specific to the Congressional Directory will display after you select Congressional Directory in the Refine by Collection column,
  • Refining search results by clicking on links in the Refine Your Search panel on the left hand side of the page (the sections under Refine Your Search correspond to the metadata available for the documents), and
  • Browsing the Congressional Directory browse page.

General govinfo Search Tips

Search Examples

Search by Congress Member Name – For example, Nancy Pelosi.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:cdir member:pelosi
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Directory under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Congress Member Name from the first box and enter pelosi in the next box

Search by Congress Number – For example, the 109th Congress.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:cdir congress:109
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Directory under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Congress Number from the first box and enter 109 in the next box

Search by Section – For example, the Senate Committees section.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:cdir section:senatecommittees
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Directory under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Section from the first box and select Senate Committees from the next box

Search by Congress Member State – For example, members from California.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:cdir state:ca
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Directory under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select State, District, or Territory from the first box and select California from the next box

Search by District and State – For example, the 5th district of California.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:cdir state:ca district:5
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Directory under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select State, District, or Territory from the first box and select California from the next box; then click + Additional Criteria and select District from the next text box that appears and enter 5 in the next box

Search by Zip Code – For example, the 90503 zip code.

  • Using Basic Search, enter: collection:cdir zipcodes:90503
  • Using Advanced Search, select Congressional Directory under Refine by Collection, then under Search In select Congress Member Zip Codes from the first box and enter 90503 in the next box

Sample Congressional Directory URLs

govinfo uses two key pieces of information to construct predictable URLs to documents and Details pages.

  • The Granule ID for the Congressional Directory is used to identify the specific document within an issue of the publication.
  • The Package ID is used to identify an individual issue of the publication.

Identifier

Structure/Metadata Field

Example

Package ID

CDIR-{Publication Date} (in YYYY-MM-DD format)

CDIR-2008-08-01

Granule ID

Section

Structure/Metadata Field

Example

FRONTMATTER

OTHERCONGRESSINFO

OTHERSECTION

{Package ID}-{Section}-{Sequence Number}

 

Note: Sequence Number is only used if there are more than one granule with the same section. The first granule will not have a Sequence Number and the second would have a Sequence Number of 2.

CDIR-2008-08-01-FRONTMATTER-2

INDEX

TERMSOFSERVICE

DISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA

DIPLOMATICOFFICES

{Package ID}-{Section}

CDIR-2008-08-01-INDEX

STATEMAP

{Package ID}-{Section}-{State Abbreviation}

CDIR-2008-08-01-STATEMAP-CA

STATEDELEGATIONS

{Package ID}-{Section}-{Sequence Number}

 

Note: Sequence Number is only used if there are more than one granule with the same section. The first granule will not have a Sequence Number and the second would have a Sequence Number of 2.

CDIR-2008-08-01-STATEDELEGATIONS

CONGRESSMEMBERSTATE

(Senate Members)

{Package ID}-{State Abbreviation}-S-{Sequence Number}

 

Note: Sequence Number is either 1 for the first senator listed in the state or 2 for the second senator listed.

CDIR-2008-08-01-CA-S-1

CONGRESSMEMBERSTATE

(House Members)

{Package ID}-{State Abbreviation}-H-{District}

 

Note: In the absence of a district number, 0 is used.

 

CDIR-2008-08-01-AL-H-3

CONGRESSMEMBERSTATE

(Congressional Delegations)

{Package ID}-{State Abbreviation}

CDIR-2008-08-01-WY

SENATECOMMITTEES

HOUSECOMMITTEES

COMMITTEEASSIGNMENTS

BOARDSANDCOMMISSIONS

STATISTICALINFORMATION

CAPITOL

DEPARTMENTS

INDEPENDENTAGENCIES

JUDICIARY

INTERNATIONALORGANIZATIONS

PRESSGALLERIES

{Package ID}-{Section}-{Sequence Number}

 

Note: Sequence Number is only used if there are more than one granule with the same section. The first granule will not have a Sequence Number and the second would have a Sequence Number of 2.

CDIR-2008-08-01-JUDICIARY

Details Page for a Specific Document

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/{Package ID}/{Granule ID}

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/CDIR-2008-08-01/CDIR-2008-08-01-CA-S-1

PDF File for a Specific Document

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/pdf/{Granule ID}.pdf

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CDIR-2008-08-01/pdf/CDIR-2008-08-01-CA-S-1.pdf

HTML File for a Specific Document

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/html/{Granule ID}.htm

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CDIR-2008-08-01/html/CDIR-2008-08-01-CA-S-1.htm

Details Page for an Entire Issue

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/{Package ID}

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/CDIR-2008-08-01

PDF File for an Entire Issue

Structure: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/{Package ID}/pdf/{Package ID}.pdf

Example:  https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CDIR-2008-08-01/pdf/CDIR-2008-08-01.pdf


Congressional Directory Metadata Fields and Values

Metadata fields and values can be used to increase the relevancy of your searches. The metadata fields available for the Congressional Directory are listed in the table below. Metadata fields and values are used throughout govinfo for

  • Narrowing Your Search,
  • Browsing Government Publications,
  • Field Operators,
  • Advanced Search, and
  • Display on Details Pages.

Metadata fields and values can be entered into the Basic Search box using field operators. The field operators available for the Federal Register are listed in the table below, along with examples for each metadata field. Using Field Operators

Some of these metadata fields are made available for use in Advanced Search. The metadata values can be entered in the same format for the fields available on the Advanced Search Page. Using Advanced Search 

Metadata Field Display Name

Metadata Field Definition

Field Operator

Field Operator Example

Collection

The collection to which the document belongs. Typically the same as the publication or series.

collection:

 

collection:cdir

 

"cdir" is used for Congressional Directory

Government Author

The names of the Government organizations responsible for authoring or assembling the document.

governmentauthor:

governmentauthor:congress

Publication Date

The date the document was first made available to the public.

publishdate:

publishdate:1997-12-01

 

Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Language

The language code of the original document, from the ISO639-2b standard.

language:

language:en

Former Package ID

The document ID of the "package" as originally specified on www.gpoaccess.gov.

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":______)

mods:identifier:(@type:"former package identifier":"cd07ja97_frt")

Former Identifier

The document ID of the article on the former www.gpoaccess.gov website.

formerid:

formerid:pd05jy93_txt

SuDoc Class Number

The SuDoc class number from the U.S. Superintendent of Documents which classifies Government publications by publishing agency.

sudocclass:

sudocclass:"Y 4.P 93/1:1"

Ingestion Date

The date the document was ingested into the FDsys preservation repository.

ingestdate:

ingestdate:2009-08-01

 

Date format is YYYY-MM-DD

Electronic Location (URL)

The URL where the document or the document in context (the content detail page) is located.

url:

url:"http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CDIR-2008-01-01/pdf/CDIR-2008-01-01-AL.pdf"

Publisher

The government organization who publishes the document or publication. Not typically the Government Publishing Office (who serves as the printer and distributor), except in the case of Congressional publications.

publisher:

publisher:"u.s. government printing office"

Branch

The branch of Government responsible for the document's contents.

branch:

branch:legislative

 

Possible Values: executive, legislative,

judicial

Type of Resource

The media type for the document, typically "text". Defined as part of the Library of Congress MODS standard.

typeofresource:

typeofresource:text

WAIS Database Name

The name of the WAIS database to which the document belonged in the former GPO Access system.

waisdbname:

waisdbname:110_congressional_directory

Record Origin

How the record was originally generated. Typically "machine generated."

recordorigin:

recordorigin:"machine generated"

Publication Title

The title of the publication. Individual documents can be searched using the title field operator.

title:

title:alabama

Close Date

The final date in which all information used in the Congressional Directory can be submitted for the first publication.

closedate:

closedate:2007-12-07

Congress Number

The number of the Congress responsible for the document. Congresses last for two years, so for example, the 110th Congress was in session from 2007 through 2008.

congress:

congress:108

Section

The section of the Congressional Directory to be searched.

section:

section:senatecommittees

 

Possible Values: See Table below

Congress Member Name

Congress member name. For example, "Barbara A. Mikulski" or simply "Mikulski".

member:

member:reid

State, Territory, or District

The state or territory appropriate to the section for congress member biographies and district maps.

state:

state:IL

 

Use two letter state abbreviation

Congress Member Type

Type type of congress member. Either a Delegate, Resident Commissioner, Senator, or Representative.  

membertype:

membertype:senator

 

Possible Values: senator, representative,

delegate, residentcommissioner

Congress Member Zip Codes

The five digit zip code represented that represents the district which a House member represents.

zipcodes:

zipcodes:90503

District Number

The congressional district of the house member, such as "5" if they represent the fifth district in their state.

district:

district:5

Section Metadata Values

The table below lists the metadata values which can be used when limiting your search using the Section advanced search field or the section: field operator.

Metadata Value

User Readable Value

FRONTMATTER

Front Matter

CONGRESSMEMBERSTATE

Congressional Biographies

STATEDELEGATIONS

State Delegations

TERMSOFSERVICE

Terms of Service

SENATECOMMITTEES

Senate Committees

HOUSECOMMITTEES

House and Joint Committees

COMMITTEEASSIGNMENTS

Committee Assignments

BOARDSANDCOMMISSIONS

Congressional Boards and Commissions

STATISTICALINFORMATION

Statistical Information

CAPITOL

Capitol

DEPARTMENTS

Departments

INDEPENDENTAGENCIES

Independent Agencies

JUDICIARY

Judiciary

DISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA

District of Columbia

INTERNATIONALORGANIZATIONS

International Organizations

DIPLOMATICOFFICES

Diplomatic Offices

PRESSGALLERIES

Press Galleries

STATEMAP

Congressional District Maps

INDEX

Name Index


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