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Statistics & Lists

Since 1789, nearly 2,000 individuals have been a senator, 16 have become U.S. presidents, and 23 have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Senators Statistics & Lists page provides lists on these topics and many more including senators' service records, biographical characteristics, honors and accomplishments, and vital statistics.

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Virtual Reference Desk

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Find Committee Hearings

Transcripts of hearings may be available on a committee Web site, from the Government Printing Office, or from a federal depository library.  Learn how to find Committee Hearings.

Find publications

Some congressional and other government publications can be found on GPO-FDSYS,in a Federal Depository Library, or purchased from the GPO bookstore.

Find Bill Numbers

You need a bill or public law number to check the status of or request a copy of legislation. This How to guide will assist you.