Dates of Sessions of the Congress, 1789-present (present-1789) 
CongressSessionBegin DateAdjourn Date
11Mar 4, 1789
Sep 29, 1789
 2Jan 4, 1790
Aug 12, 1790
 3Dec 6, 1790
Mar 3, 1791
2SMar 4, 1791
Mar 4, 1791
 1Oct 24, 1791
May 8, 1792
 2Nov 5, 1792
Mar 2, 1793
3SMar 4, 1793
Mar 4, 1793
 1Dec 2, 1793
Jun 9, 1794
 2Nov 3, 1794
Mar 3, 1795
4SJun 8, 1795
Jun 26, 1795
 1Dec 7, 1795
Jun 1, 1796
 2Dec 5, 1796
Mar 3, 1797
5SMar 4, 1797
Mar 4, 1797
 1May 15, 1797
Jul 10, 1797
 SJul 17, 1798
Jul 19, 1798
 2Nov 13, 1797
Jul 16, 1798
 3Dec 3, 1798
Mar 3, 1799
61Dec 2, 1799
May 14, 1800
 2Nov 17, 1800
Mar 3, 1801
7SMar 4, 1801
Mar 5, 1801
 1Dec 7, 1801
May 3, 1802
 2Dec 6, 1802
Mar 3, 1803
81Oct 17, 1803
Mar 27, 1804
 2Nov 5, 1804
Mar 3, 1805
91Dec 2, 1805
Apr 21, 1806
 2Dec 1, 1806
Mar 3, 1807
101Oct 26, 1807
Apr 25, 1808
 2Nov 7, 1808
Mar 3, 1809
11SMar 4, 1809
Mar 7, 1809
 1May 22, 1809
Jun 28, 1809
 2Nov 27, 1809
May 1, 1810
 3Dec 3, 1810
Mar 3, 1811
121Nov 4, 1811
Jul 6, 1812
 2Nov 2, 1812
Mar 3, 1813
131May 24, 1813
Aug 2, 1813
 2Dec 6, 1813
Apr 18, 1814
 3Sep 19, 1814
Mar 3, 1815
141Dec 4, 1815
Apr 30, 1816
 2Dec 2, 1816
Mar 3, 1817
15SMar 4, 1817
Mar 6, 1817
 1Dec 1, 1817
Apr 20, 1818
 2Nov 16, 1818
Mar 3, 1819
161Dec 6, 1819
May 15, 1820
 2Nov 13, 1820
Mar 3, 1821
171Dec 3, 1821
May 8, 1822
 2Dec 2, 1822
Mar 3, 1823
181Dec 1, 1823
May 27, 1824
 2Dec 6, 1824
Mar 3, 1825
19SMar 4, 1825
Mar 9, 1825
 1Dec 5, 1825
May 22, 1826
 2Dec 4, 1826
Mar 3, 1827
201Dec 3, 1827
May 26, 1828
 2Dec 1, 1828
Mar 3, 1829
21SMar 4, 1829
Mar 17, 1829
 1Dec 7, 1829
May 31, 1830
 2Dec 6, 1830
Mar 3, 1831
221Dec 5, 1831
Jul 16, 1832
 2Dec 3, 1832
Mar 2, 1833
231Dec 2, 1833
Jun 30, 1834
 2Dec 1, 1834
Mar 3, 1835
241Dec 7, 1835
Jul 4, 1836
 2Dec 5, 1836
Mar 3, 1837
25SMar 4, 1837
Mar 10, 1837
 1Sep 4, 1837
Oct 16, 1837
 2Dec 4, 1837
Jul 9, 1838
 3Dec 3, 1838
Mar 3, 1839
261Dec 2, 1839
Jul 21, 1840
 2Dec 7, 1840
Mar 3, 1841
27SMar 4, 1841
Mar 15, 1841
 1May 31, 1841
Sep 13, 1841
 2Dec 6, 1841
Aug 31, 1842
 3Dec 5, 1842
Mar 3, 1843
281Dec 4, 1843
Jun 17, 1844
 2Dec 2, 1844
Mar 3, 1845
29SMar 4, 1845
Mar 20, 1845
 1Dec 1, 1845
Aug 10, 1846
 2Dec 7, 1846
Mar 3, 1847
301Dec 6, 1847
Aug 14, 1848
 2Dec 4, 1848
Mar 3, 1849
31SMar 5, 1849
Mar 23, 1849
 1Dec 3, 1849
Sep 30, 1850
 2Dec 2, 1850
Mar 3, 1851
32SMar 4, 1851
Mar 13, 1851
 1Dec 1, 1851
Aug 31, 1852
 2Dec 6, 1852
Mar 3, 1853
33SMar 4, 1853
Apr 11, 1853
 1Dec 5, 1853
Aug 7, 1854
 2Dec 4, 1854
Mar 3, 1855
341Dec 3, 1855
Aug 18, 1856
 2Aug 21, 1856
Aug 30, 1856
 3Dec 1, 1856
Mar 3, 1857
35SMar 4, 1857
Mar 14, 1857
 1Dec 7, 1857
Jun 14, 1858
 SJun 15, 1858
Jun 16, 1858
 2Dec 6, 1858
Mar 3, 1859
36SMar 4, 1859
Mar 10, 1859
 1Dec 5, 1859
Jun 25, 1860
 SJun 26, 1860
Jun 28, 1860
 2Dec 3, 1860
Mar 3, 1861
37SMar 4, 1861
Mar 28, 1861
 1Jul 4, 1861
Aug 6, 1861
 2Dec 2, 1861
Jul 17, 1862
 3Dec 1, 1862
Mar 3, 1863
38SMar 4, 1863
Mar 14, 1863
 1Dec 7, 1863
Jul 4, 1864
 2Dec 5, 1864
Mar 3, 1865
39SMar 4, 1865
Mar 11, 1865
 1Dec 4, 1865
Jul 28, 1866
 2Dec 3, 1866
Mar 3, 1867
401Mar 4, 1867
Dec 1, 1867
 SApr 1, 1867
Apr 20, 1867
 2Dec 2, 1867
Nov 10, 1868
 3Dec 7, 1868
Mar 3, 1869
411Mar 4, 1869
Apr 10, 1869
 SApr 12, 1869
Apr 22, 1869
 2Dec 6, 1869
Jul 15, 1870
 3Dec 5, 1870
Mar 3, 1871
421Mar 4, 1871
Apr 20, 1871
 SMay 10, 1871
May 27, 1871
 2Dec 4, 1871
Jun 10, 1872
 3Dec 2, 1872
Mar 3, 1873
43SMar 4, 1873
Mar 26, 1873
 1Dec 1, 1873
Jun 23, 1874
 2Dec 7, 1874
Mar 3, 1875
44SMar 5, 1875
Mar 24, 1875
 1Dec 6, 1875
Aug 15, 1876
 2Dec 4, 1876
Mar 3, 1877
45SMar 5, 1877
Mar 17, 1877
 1Oct 15, 1877
Dec 3, 1877
 2Dec 3, 1877
Jun 20, 1878
 3Dec 2, 1878
Mar 3, 1879
461Mar 18, 1879
Jul 1, 1879
 2Dec 1, 1879
Jun 16, 1880
 3Dec 6, 1880
Mar 3, 1881
47SOct 10, 1881
Oct 29, 1881
 SMar 4, 1881
May 20, 1881
 1Dec 5, 1881
Aug 8, 1882
 2Dec 4, 1882
Mar 3, 1883
481Dec 3, 1883
Jul 7, 1884
 2Dec 1, 1884
Mar 3, 1885
49SMar 4, 1885
Apr 2, 1885
 1Dec 7, 1885
Aug 5, 1886
 2Dec 6, 1886
Mar 3, 1887
501Dec 5, 1887
Oct 20, 1888
 2Dec 3, 1888
Mar 3, 1889
51SMar 4, 1889
Apr 2, 1889
 1Dec 2, 1889
Oct 1, 1890
 2Dec 1, 1890
Mar 3, 1891
521Dec 7, 1891
Aug 5, 1892
 2Dec 5, 1892
Mar 3, 1893
53SMar 4, 1893
Apr 15, 1893
 1Aug 7, 1893
Nov 3, 1893
 2Dec 4, 1893
Aug 28, 1894
 3Dec 3, 1894
Mar 3, 1895
541Dec 2, 1895
Jun 11, 1896
 2Dec 7, 1896
Mar 3, 1897
55SMar 4, 1897
Mar 10, 1897
 1Mar 15, 1897
Jul 24, 1897
 2Dec 6, 1897
Jul 8, 1898
 3Dec 5, 1898
Mar 3, 1899
561Dec 4, 1899
Jun 7, 1900
 2Dec 3, 1900
Mar 3, 1901
57SMar 4, 1901
Mar 9, 1901
 1Dec 2, 1901
Jul 1, 1902
 2Dec 1, 1902
Mar 3, 1903
58SMar 5, 1903
Mar 19, 1903
 1Nov 9, 1903
Dec 7, 1903
 2Dec 7, 1903
Apr 28, 1904
 3Dec 5, 1905
Mar 3, 1905
59SMar 4, 1905
Mar 18, 1905
 1Dec 4, 1905
Jun 30, 1906
 2Dec 3, 1906
Mar 3, 1907
601Dec 2, 1907
May 30, 1908
 2Dec 7, 1908
Mar 3, 1909
61SMar 4, 1909
Mar 6, 1909
 1Mar 15, 1909
Aug 5, 1909
 2Dec 6, 1909
Jun 25, 1910
 3Dec 5, 1910
Mar 3, 1911
621Apr 4, 1911
Aug 22, 1911
 2Dec 4, 1911
Aug 26, 1912
 3Dec 2, 1912
Mar 3, 1913
63SMar 4, 1913
Mar 17, 1913
 1Apr 7, 1913
Dec 1, 1913
 2Dec 1, 1913
Oct 24, 1914
 3Dec 7, 1914
Mar 3, 1915
641Dec 6, 1915
Sep 8, 1916
 2Dec 4, 1916
Mar 3, 1917
65SMar 5, 1917
Mar 16, 1917
 1Apr 2, 1917
Oct 6, 1917
 2Dec 3, 1917
Nov 21, 1918
 3Dec 2, 1918
Mar 3, 1919
661May 19, 1919
Nov 19, 1919
 2Dec 1, 1919
Jun 5, 1920
 3Dec 6, 1920
Mar 3, 1921
67SMar 4, 1921
Mar 15, 1921
 1Apr 11, 1921
Nov 23, 1921
 2Dec 5, 1921
Sep 22, 1922
 3Nov 20, 1922
Dec 4, 1922
 4Dec 4, 1922
Mar 3, 1923
681Dec 3, 1923
Jun 7, 1924
 2Dec 1, 1924
Mar 3, 1925
69SMar 4, 1925
Mar 18, 1925
 1Dec 7, 1925
Jul 3, 1926
 2Dec 6, 1926
Mar 4, 1927
701Dec 5, 1927
May 29, 1928
 2Dec 3, 1928
Mar 3, 1929
71SMar 4, 1929
Mar 5, 1929
 1Apr 15, 1929
Nov 22, 1929
 2Dec 2, 1929
Jul 3, 1930
 SJul 7, 1930
Jul 21, 1930
 3Dec 1, 1930
Mar 3, 1931
721Dec 7, 1931
Jul 16, 1932
 2Dec 5, 1932
Mar 3, 1933
73SMar 4, 1933
Mar 6, 1933
 1Mar 9, 1933
Jun 15, 1933
 2Jan 3, 1934
Jun 18, 1934
741Jan 3, 1935
Aug 26, 1935
 2Jan 3, 1936
Jun 20, 1936
751Jan 5, 1937
Aug 21, 1937
 2Nov 15, 1937
Dec 21, 1937
 3Jan 3, 1938
Jun 16, 1938
761Jan 3, 1939
Aug 5, 1939
 2Sep 21, 1939
Nov 3, 1939
 3Jan 3, 1940
Jan 3, 1941
771Jan 3, 1941
Jan 2, 1942
 2Jan 5, 1942
Dec 16, 1942
781Jan 6, 1943
Dec 21, 1943
 2Jan 10, 1944
Dec 19, 1944
791Jan 3, 1945
Dec 21, 1945
 2Jan 14, 1946
Aug 2, 1946
801Jan 3, 1947
Dec 19, 1947
 2Jan 6, 1948
Dec 31, 1948
811Jan 3, 1949
Oct 19, 1949
 2Jan 3, 1950
Jan 2, 1951
821Jan 3, 1951
Oct 20, 1951
 2Jan 8, 1952
Jul 7, 1952
831Jan 3, 1953
Aug 3, 1953
 2Jan 6, 1954 
Dec 2, 19541
841Jan 5, 1955
Aug 2, 1955
 2Jan 3, 1956
Jul 27, 1956
851Jan 3, 1957
Aug 30, 1957
 2Jan 7, 1958
Aug 24, 1958
861Jan 7, 1959
Sep 15, 1959
 2Jan 6, 1960
Sep 1, 1960
871Jan 3, 1961
Sep 27, 1961
 2Jan 10, 1962
Oct 13, 1962
881Jan 9, 1963
Dec 30, 1963
 2Jan 7, 1964
Oct 3, 1964
891Jan 4, 1965
Oct 23, 1965
 2Jan 10, 1966
Oct 22, 1966
901Jan 10, 1967
Dec 15, 1967
 2Jan 15, 1968
Oct 14, 1968
911Jan 3, 1969
Dec 23, 1969
 2Jan 19, 1970
Jan 2, 1971
921Jan 21, 1971
Dec 17, 1971
 2Jan 18, 1972
Oct 18, 1972
931Jan 3, 1973
Dec 22, 1973
 2Jan 21, 1974
Dec 20, 1974
941Jan 14, 1975
Dec 19, 1975
 2Jan 19, 1976
Oct 1, 1976
951Jan 4, 1977
Dec 15, 1977
 2Jan 19, 1978
Oct 15, 1978
961Jan 15, 1979 
Jan 3, 19802
 2Jan 3, 1980
Dec 16, 1980
971Jan 5, 1981
Dec 16, 1981
 2Jan 25, 1982
Dec 23, 1982
981Jan 3, 1983
Nov 18, 1983
 2Jan 23, 1984
Oct 12, 1984
991Jan 3, 1985
Dec 20, 1985
 2Jan 21, 1986
Oct 18, 1986
1001Jan 6, 1987
Dec 22, 1987
 2Jan 25, 1988
Oct 22, 1988
1011Jan 3, 1989
Nov 22, 1989
 2Jan 23, 1990 
Oct 28, 19903
1021Jan 3, 1991
Jan 3, 1992
 2Jan 3, 1992
Oct 9, 1992
1031Jan 5, 1993
Nov 26, 1993
 2Jan 25, 1994
Dec 1, 1994
1041Jan 4, 1995
Jan 3, 1996
 2Jan 3, 1996
Oct 4, 1996
1051Jan 7, 1997
Nov 13, 1997
 2Jan 27, 1998 
Dec 19, 19984
1061Jan 6, 1999 
Nov 22, 19995
 2Jan 24, 2000
Dec 15, 2000
1071Jan 3, 2001
Dec 20, 2001
 2Jan 23, 2002
Nov 22, 2002
1081Jan 7, 2003
Dec 9, 2003
 2Jan 20, 2004
Dec 8, 2004
1091Jan 4, 2005
Dec 22, 2005
 2Jan 3, 2006 
Dec 9, 20066
1101Jan 4, 2007 
Dec 31, 20077
 2Jan 3, 2008 
Jan 3, 20098
1111Jan 6, 2009 
Dec 24, 20099
 2Jan 5, 2010
Dec 22, 2010
1121Jan 5, 2011
Jan 3, 2012
 2Jan 3, 2012 
Jan 3, 201310
1131Jan 3, 2013
Jan 3, 2014
 2Jan 3, 2014
 


1. House adjourned sine die Aug 20, 1954

2. Senate adjourned sine die Dec 20, 1979

3. Senate adjourned 2:17 a.m. Oct 28

4. Senate adjourned sine die Oct 21, 1998.

5. Senate adjourned sine die Nov 19, 1999

6. Senate adjourned 4:39 a.m. Dec 9; House adjourned 3:17 a.m. Dec 9

7. House adjourned sine die Dec 19, 2007

8. Senate adjourned sine die on January 2, 2009

9. House adjourned Dec 23, 2009

10. Senate adjourned Jan 2, 2013

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