Shootings Involving Members of Congress Since 1950

Steve Scalise, a Republican congressman from Louisiana and House Majority Whip was shot and wounded during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, near Washington, on June 14, 2017.

Gabrielle Giffords, former Democrat congresswoman from Arizona, was shot in the head in 2011 in her Tuscon district during a constituency meeting. She survived the attack and has gone on to become an active voice against gun violence in the U.S.

Leo Ryan, a Democrat congressman from California, was shot multiple times and killed in 1978 while boarding an airplane after an official visit to Guyana.

John Stennis, a Mississippi senator, was shot twice during a mugging outside his home in Washington, D.C. in 1973.

Robert Kennedy, who was a New York Senator at the time, was fatally shot in Los Angeles in 1968 after giving a speech for his presidential campaign.

In 1954, four Puerto Rican Nationalists shot Alvin Bentley of Michigan, Kenneth Roberts of Alabama, George Fallon of Maryland, Ben Jensen of Iowa, and Clifford Davis of Tennessee on the House floor in the Capitol building as they waited for their votes to be counted. All five members survived and eventually returned to Congress.

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