Who controlled congress the past thirty-six years?

 Who controlled congress the past thirty-six years?
Republican Party!
How many years did Democrats control Congress?

The past eight and a half years congress did nothing for the health of the country because there was a democrat in the Whitehouse


From 1981 to 2017, the Democratic Party only controlled congress six (6) times.
The past six (6) presidents, only two (2) were democrats.
Ronald Reagan Republican
George H. W. Bush Republican
Bill Clinton Democratic
George W. Bush Republican
Barack Obama Democratic
Donald Trump Republican
Using this knowledge with charts.
How can the Republican Party and the Media, keep getting away with
blaming the condition of this country on the Democratic Party?
Let’s discuss this with our media.
Since the Democratic Party first controlled both houses in 1837 under the 25th Congress,
it has held control of both houses for over 75 years under 35 Congresses,
according to both the House and Senate websites.
As of 2015, the 114th Congress is controlled by the Republican Party.
Starting in the 20th century, the Democratic Party controlled 28 Congresses, 20 of which operated under a president of the opposite party.
As of January 2015, the Democratic Party controls 7 state legislatures,
Republican Party controls 24 and the remaining 19 states are divided.
Nebraska is the only state to have a one-house, non-partisan legislature, as stated by the Washington Post.

2 thoughts on “ Who controlled congress the past thirty-six years?

  1. I’m not disputing the numbers, and while I could recite these figures from memory when preparing for my graduate comprehensive exams I can no longer and am not doing any crosschecking.

    I’m commenting simply because it has become necessary when teaching the introductory survey level American History and American Government courses, to illustrate how regionalism used to play a greater role in Congress.

    My remarks are not a criticism, and thankfully I believe we both understand that based upon our past interactions.

    One of the results of the Reconstruction period was the creation of the Solid South once the carpetbag and scalawag governments were ousted. Even with the single Democratic party in the South, most states had a de facto two-party system with different factions of the Democratic party. Later there would be “revolts” such as we saw in the Presidential election of 1948 when Harry Truman received the official party nomination, but we also saw major Democratic candidates in the general election with Thurmond as a Dixiecrat due to domestic policy differences and Wallace a Democrat on a Progressive party ticket due to foreign policy differences.

    Prior to about the year 2010, students seemed to grasp the complexity better. In more recent semesters, the simplicity of party labels seems to accepted more readily without any thought to how traditionally party platforms evolve over the course of time.

    Admittedly it is rather interesting to see the disparities from the figures you put up because many never contemplate, let alone seek out actual data.


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