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Statistics & Lists

Row of Headstones at the Congressional Cemetery

The Statistics page features lists related to Senate business, including a record of senators interred at Washington's historic Congressional Cemetery.

The first senator buried in the 30-acre graveyard is Uriah Tracy.  A History of the Congressional Cemetery offers a fascinating account of the origins of this final resting place for members of Congress, executive officers, and notable citizens.

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A small ivory gavel conveys a sense of continuity and the importance of order in Senate proceedings. The gavel in current use was given as a gift from India to the Senate on November 17, 1954 (replacing the Senate’s original) with the hope that it would inspire Senators to debate "with freedom from passion and prejudice." Learn more about the history of the Senate gavel and other Senate symbols on the Virtual Reference Desk.


Find Committee Hearings

Transcripts of hearings may be available on a committee Web site, from the Government Printing Office, or from a federal depository library.  Learn how to find Committee Hearings.

Find Books

Many of the books listed on senate.gov can be found at your local public library or a government depository library, or can be purchased on the Web or from a bookstore.  This guide will help you get started.  

Find Bill Numbers

You need a bill or public law number to check the status of or request a copy of legislation. This How to guide will assist you.