What’s Your Congressional IQ?

What’s Your Congressional IQ?
What’s Your Congressional IQ?
How much do you know about our nation’s leaders? Take our quiz to learn more about some of the longest-running congressmen of the twentieth century.

This U.S. senator was elected in 1973 as the sixth-youngest senator and represented his state until just recently, when he received a worthy promotion during a historical election.
When this senator passed away, many Americans felt that it was the end of an era — or dynasty — for a prominent U.S. family with a strong liberal background.
Sometimes called "Mr. Sam," this Texas congressman was also the longest running Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, when he was appointed in 1940 at the age of 58.
This Democratic senator is continuing a family tradition of serving in Congress, and is currently the senior senator and the longest running member in congressional history. He is also third in line to succeed the president.
As a governor, former Presidential candidate, and long-time U.S. senator, this controversial, conservative politician supported segregation at one point, and even conducted a 24-hour filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1957.
This San Antonio native lost the Senate race to replace Lyndon B. Johnson, but won a special election a few months later, and stayed in the Senate for over 37 years.
This man is the longest-serving Republican senator in congressional history. He served Alaska in the Senate, until a major ethics scandal involving financial disclosure forms caused him to lose his seat in 2008.
After the death of Ted Kennedy, this senator became the second senior senator in Washington. He has represented his home in Congress since it became a state in 1959, and in the Senate since 1963.
Besides being a long-running U.S. senator, this man was once named by Time magazine as the "most eligible bachelor" in the Senate. He has served in Congress since 1940, first in the House of Representatives, and then in the Senate, and twice ran for the Democratic presidential nomination.
This Florida Republican has served in the House of Representatives since 1971, making him the longest-serving Republican in Congress at present.

Joe Biden: Vice-President Joe Biden was a U.S. senator from Delaware 1973-2009, making him the 14th-longest serving senator in history.
Ted Kennedy: Edward M. Kennedy past away in 2009 while serving as the second most senior member of the Senate, in which he had served since 1962. Kennedy, brother of Robert F. and John F. Kennedy, ran for the Democratic candidacy for president in 1980 but lost, most probably because of his car accident scandal resulting in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Sam Rayburn: Sam Rayburn was elected to the House of Representatives in 1913, when he was 31. Rayburn served for over 48 years and was one of the first congressmen to refuse to affect payment or gifts from public service corporations.
Robert Byrd: Robert Byrd was named the President pro tempore for the Senate in 2007, making him third in line to replace the President. The former KKK member was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1952 and to the Senate in 1958.
Strom Thurmond: Strom Thurmond was the longest running senator in history until Robert Byrd beat his record. He is still the only senator to reach the age of 100 while in office.
Henry B. Gonzalez: Gonzalez was a Democratic senator who served as chair for the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations to investigate the deaths of JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ted Stevens: Ted Stevens was elected to the Senate in 1968. He is the longest-serving senator to lose a re-election bid.
Daniel Inouye: Daniel Inouye is also the first Japanese-American to serve in the House of Representatives and in Congress, and has a Medal of Honor for his service during WWII.
Henry M. Jackson: Jackson did not serve an uninterrupted term in Congress: when the U.S. entered WWII, he enlisted in the Army. He returned on orders from FDR, but he did visit the Buchenwald concentration camp and was elected president of the International Maritime Conference in 1946.
Bill Young: Bill Young has been reelected 20 times and served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations for six years, from 1999-2005.

If you consider yourself a true politico, check out our comprehensive Open Education Library to learn more about political science and discover all the FREE, open educational resources on the web.

What’s Your Congressional IQ? 7.6 of 10 on the basis of 3824 Review.