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Duration of Representatives’ Incumbency
in the
U. S. House

By Congress and by State
First through 108th Congress

(September 5, 2006)

Quantitative Historical Analysis #9

This report provides the average duration of Representatives’ service in the U. S. House, by Congress, from the first to the 108th Congress. The purpose is to provide an alternate metric for evaluating questions and issues related to elected representation as a long-term vocation.

Throughout this report, the term “tenure” is used to describe the duration of the Representative’s incumbency in office.

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