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In 2011, the group's membership grew rapidly following the entrance of new Tea Party-aligned members elected in the 2010 elections. In 2011, the Caucus and the Tea Party Caucus jointly sponsored a closed-door speech to the caucuses by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the topic of "separation of powers."
At its peak in the 113th Congress, the Congressional Constitution Caucus had 76 members. However, the caucus possessed over 100 members when it existed informally in the 104th Congress.
According to the founders of the Caucus, the main focus of the Caucus is to "ensure the federal government is operating under the intent of the 10th Amendment of our Bill of Rights." The Caucus has worked towards this goal through sponsoring legislation like H.R. 3449, H.R. 1227, and H.R. 1229.
As of the 115th Congress, the Congressional Constitution Caucus has 69 members. 68 in the House, and 1 in the Senate. The current members of the Caucus are listed below, listed alphabetically.
The Districts of Caucus Members (as of the 114th Congress) are highlighted in red. Please note: Only Districts within the House of Representatives are shown. Senate Districts are excluded.
A map of Caucus member states as of the 115th Congress.
Fmr. Rep. David Jolly (Fl-13) - Vacated his seat to run for Florida Senate. Then dropped out of Senate race to rerun for House seat that he vacated, citing "unfinished business." Then was defeated in the 2016 general election.
Fmr. Rep. John Runyan (NJ-03) - Chose not to run for reelection in 2014, citing frustration with his fellow Republicans over the government shutdown. Was hired by the NFL to be their Vice President of the Policy and Rules Administration.
Fmr. Rep. Jeff Miller (FL-01) - Chose not to run for reelection in 2016.
Fmr. Rep. Candice Miller (MI-10) - Did not seek re-election in 2016 and resigned her seat in the House on December 31, 2016, in order to take office as Macomb County Public Works Commissioner the next day.
The Congressional Constitution Caucus has been seen by many members of the Press and public as being hypocritical on a number of issues due to the Caucus claiming they wish to be bipartisan, yet siding with the Republican Party on nearly every issue. Notable examples include:
Indefinite detention without charge
On December 14, 2011, the United States House of Representatives voted on H.R 1540, a bill which grants government agents the power to detain people without placing them under arrest, to imprison people without charge indefinitely, without a right to a trial and without a chance to learn what their rights are. While 18 of the 74 Caucus members at the time voted against the law, the remaining 56 members voted for the law which has been called by numerous groups unconstitutional.