Capitol Hill
Category: Georgetown Magazine, Spring 2021

Title:Hoyas on the Hill

Author: Patti North
Date Published: May 27, 2021

Georgetown alumni have long been drawn to public service; 168 alone have served in the United States Congress, including such notables as William B. Bankhead, who graduated in 1895, became the Speaker of the House during the New Deal, and was the father of actress Tallulah Bankhead.

Many have attributed a call to service to the Jesuit tradition of living in service to others—instilled and embodied at Georgetown. The 117th Congress swore in 28 Hoyas, including seven senators and 21 representatives. As the longest-serving senator in the Democratic majority, Patrick Leahy (L’64, H’94) became president pro tempore in January 2021, and presides over the Senate in the absence of the vice president. Senator Leahy also chairs the Appropriations Committee and serves on the Judiciary and Agriculture committees.

Patrick Leahy
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

“My education at Georgetown Law prepared me for all that has followed in my career in the law and in public policy. It also deepened my passion for the majesty of the law, and for the Constitution. I could not have hoped for or received any better grounding.”

Senator Patrick Leahy (L’64, H’94) (D-Vt.), President Pro Tempore of the Senate


Alumni in the 117th Congress represent eight of the nine schools at the university with nearly half graduating from Georgetown Law. Alumni in the new Congress include:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (C’80) – R
Sen. Dan Sullivan (G’93, L’93) – R

Rep. Michael Garcia (G’98) – R
Rep. Ted Lieu (L’94) – D

Rep. Lois Frankel (L’73) – D
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (G’04) – D

Sen. Jon Ossoff (SFS’09) – D

Sen. Mazie Hirono (L’78) – D

Sen. Richard Durbin (SFS’66, L’69) – D

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth (G’14) – R

Rep. Steny Hoyer (L’66) – D
Sen. Christopher Van Hollen (L’90) – D

Rep. Lori Trahan (SFS’95) – D

Rep. Debbie Dingell (SFS’75, G’98) – D

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (G’86) – R

New Hampshire
Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (L’84) – D

New Jersey
Rep. Mikie Sherrill (L’07) – D

New York
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (G’94) – D

Rhode Island
Rep. David Cicilline (L’86) – D

Rep. Henry Cuellar (SFS’78) – D
Rep. August Pfluger (G’19) – R
Rep. Filemon Vela (C’85) – D

Sen. Patrick Leahy (L’64) – D

Virgin Islands
Rep. Stacey Plaskett (SFS’88) – D

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (C’86) – D

Rep. Mike Gallagher (G’12, ’13, ’15) – R
Rep. Bryan Steil (B’03) – R

Sen. John Barrasso (C’75, M’78) – R