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The Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives acts as the leader of the party that has a majority control of the seats in the house (at least 218 of the 435 seats). The Majority Leader works with the Speaker of the House and the Majority Whip to coordinate ideas and supporting votes for legislation.


List of Majority Leaders of the United States House of Representatives:

Dates Congresses Name Party State
1899-1911 56th-61st Sereno E. Payne Republican New York
1911-1915 62nd-63rd Oscar W. Underwood Democratic Alabama
1915-1919 64th-65th Claude Kitchin Democratic North Carolina
1919-1923 66th-67th Frank W. Mondell Republican Wyoming
1923-1925 68th Nicholas Longworth Republican Ohio
1925-1931 69th-71st John Q. Tilson Republican Connecticut
1931-1933 72nd Henry T. Rainey Democratic Illinois
1933-1935 73rd Joseph W. Byrns Democratic Tennessee
1935-1937 74th William B. Bankhead Democratic Alabama
1937-1940 75th-76th Samuel T. Rayburn Democratic Texas
1940-1947 77th-79th John W. McCormack Democratic Massachusetts
1947-1949 80th Charles A. Halleck Republican Indiana
1949-1953 81st-82nd John W. McCormack Democratic Massachusetts
1953-1955 83rd Charles A. Halleck Republican Indiana
1955-1961 84th-87th John W. McCormack Democratic Massachusetts
1961-1971 87th-91st Carl B. Albert Democratic Oklahoma
1971-1972 92nd Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. Democratic Louisiana
1972-1977 93rd-94th Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Democratic Massachusetts
1977-1987 95th-99th James C. Wright Democratic Texas
1987-1989 100th Thomas S. Foley Democratic

Washington

1989-1995 101st-103rd Richard A. "Dick" Gephardt Democratic Missouri
1995-2003 104th-107th Richard K. "Dick" Armey Republican Texas
2003-present 108th-present Thomas D. DeLay Republican Texas

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Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (148 words)
The Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives acts as the leader of the party that has a majority control of the seats in the house (at least 218 of the 435 seats).
The Majority Leader works with the Speaker of the House and the Majority Whip to coordinate ideas and supporting votes for legislation.
The office of Majority Leader was created in 1899 by Speaker David B. Henderson who saw a need for a party leader on the House floor separate from the Speaker himself.
GOP Pushes Rule Change to Protect DeLay's Post (washingtonpost.com) (989 words)
House Republicans proposed changing their rules last night to allow members indicted by state grand juries to remain in a leadership post, a move that would benefit Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in case he is charged by a Texas grand jury that has indicted three of his political associates, according to GOP leaders.
House Republicans adopted the indictment rule in 1993, when they were trying to end four decades of Democratic control of the House, in part by highlighting Democrats' ethical lapses.
House Republicans recognize that DeLay fought fiercely to widen their majority, and they are eager to protect him from an Austin-based investigation they view as baseless and partisan, said Rep. Eric I. Cantor (Va.), the GOP's chief deputy whip.
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