Which Members of Congress Have Tested Positive for the CoronavirusBy John KeefeJan. 13, 2021
At least 60 sitting members of Congress — more than one in 10 — have tested positive for the coronavirus or are believed to have had Covid-19 at some point since the pandemic began. The list includes 44 Republicans and 16 Democrats.
Five have tested positive since the attack on the Capitol last week, when many members were holed up in a secure location together and some refused to wear masks, angering several Democrats, including Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, who has since tested positive. Congress’s attending physician said it was possible members were exposed while sheltering from the siege and recommended they get tested.
The overall infection rate among current senators and representatives surpasses the national known infection rate of 6.5 percent, though many more cases have likely gone undetected in the general population.
Known Infections in the Senate and House
U.S. Senate8 Republicans
U.S. House of Representatives36 Republicans
Note: Charts include five delegates and one resident commissioner in the House of Representatives. Two independent senators caucus with the Democrats. Positive cases include two Democratic senators with suspected cases.
These numbers include Senator Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia, who tested positive and then negative in November, and two Democrats — Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia — who are believed to have had Covid-19 early in the outbreak but did not get tested at the time. Not included is Luke Letlow, a Republican who was elected in November to represent Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District but died of the illness before his term began.
Below is the list of members who have reported testing positive for the coronavirus at various points in the pandemic, with the most recent reports first:
Since the Capitol Attack
Note: The reported positive date indicates the day of a positive test result, when available. Otherwise, it is the day a result was made public.
Congress has struggled to stem the spread within its ranks in recent weeks. Most members who have tested positive have done so since the election in November, as coronavirus cases have surged across the country.
Representative Jake LaTurner, Republican of Kansas, received positive test results Jan. 6, after the attack on the Capitol that day, and did not return for a vote early Thursday.
Representative Gus Bilirakis of Florida and Representative Michelle Steel of California, both Republicans, were absent from the House floor when the mob entered the Capitol because they had both received positive coronavirus test results earlier that morning.
First Week on the Job
Since the Election
Over the Summer and Fall
Early in the Pandemic
Sources: New York Times reporting, public statements, GovTrack.us, Ballotpedia
Correction: Jan. 13, 2021
An earlier version of this article misspelled the surname of a senator from Virginia. He is Tim Kaine, not Kane.
At least 66 members of the 117th Congress have reported positive coronavirus tests, many of them in recent weeks.