Dirksen Center’s Congressional Timeline

The Dirksen Congressional Center is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization
that seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders through archival, research, and educational programs.

In light of this mission, the Center has developed The Congressional Timeline to help people better understand Congress.  This web product provides a “snapshot” of important dates and resources in an easy-to-use, chronological format.

According to Cindy Koeppel, The Congressional Timeline arrays more than 550 of the nation’s laws on a double-banded timeline beginning in 1933 to the present.  In addition to the major laws passed by Congress, now at your fingertips are the partisan composition of each Congress, along with the presidential administration and the congressional leaders; the session dates of each Congress; measures of legislative productivity, such as the number of bills introduced and passed; information about women and African-Americans serving in Congress; and examples of documents, photos, audio clips, transcripts, videos, and lesson plans all related to legislation.



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