List of United States Senators from Arkansas

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Arkansas was admitted to the Union on June 15, 1836, and elects its senators to Class 2 and Class 3. Arkansas's Senate seats were declared vacant in July 1861, due to its secession from the Union. They were again filled from June 1868. Its current senators are Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican John Boozman.

Class 2[edit]

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 WSFulton.jpg William S. Fulton Democratic September 18, 1836 –
August 15, 1844
1 Elected in 1836
2 Re-elected in 1840

Died
Vacant August 15, 1844 –
November 8, 1844
2 Chester Ashley.jpg Chester Ashley Democratic November 8, 1844 –
April 29, 1848
Elected to finish Fulton's term
3 Elected to a full term in 1846

Died
Vacant April 29, 1848 –
May 12, 1848
3 WKSebastianCommons.jpg William K. Sebastian Democratic May 12, 1848 –
July 11, 1861
Appointed to continue Ashley's term
Elected to finish Ashley's term
4 Elected to full term in 1852
5 Re-elected in 1858

Expelled
(Expulsion was reversed by the Senate in 1877)
Vacant July 11, 1861 –
June 22, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction
6
4 Sen Alexander McDonald.jpg Alexander McDonald Republican June 22, 1868 –
March 4, 1871
Elected to finish term

Lost re-election
5 Powell Clayton.jpg Powell Clayton Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
7 Elected in 1871
6 Augustus Hill Garland - Brady-Handy.jpg Augustus Garland Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 6, 1885
8 Elected in 1876
9 Re-elected in 1883

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General
Vacant March 6, 1885 –
March 20, 1885
7 AR James Berry.jpg James H. Berry Democratic March 20, 1885 –
March 4, 1907
Elected to finish Garland's term
10 Re-elected in 1889
11 Re-elected in 1895
12 Re-elected in 1901

Lost re-election
8 Jeff Davis.jpg Jeff Davis Democratic March 4, 1907 –
January 3, 1913
13 Elected in 1906

Re-elected in 1912, but died before new term began
Vacant January 3, 1913 –
January 6, 1913
9 John Heiskell.jpg John N. Heiskell Democratic January 6, 1913 –
January 29, 1913
Appointed to continue Davis's term

Successor qualified
10 WilliamMKavanaugh.jpg William M. Kavanaugh Democratic January 29, 1913 –
March 4, 1913
Elected to finish Davis's term

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11 Joseph t robinson.jpg Joseph T. Robinson Democratic March 4, 1913 –
July 14, 1937
14 Elected in 1913[1]
15 Re-elected in 1918
16 Re-elected in 1924
17 Re-elected in 1930
18 Re-elected in 1936

Died
Vacant July 14, 1937 –
November 15, 1937
12 John E. Miller.jpg John E. Miller Democratic November 15, 1937 –
March 31, 1941
Elected to finish Robinson's term

Resigned to become U.S. District Judge
Vacant March 31, 1941 –
April 1, 1941
13 G Lloyd Spencer.jpg George L. Spencer Democratic April 1, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Elected to finish Miller's term

Retired
14 John Little McClellan.jpg John L. McClellan Democratic January 3, 1943 –
November 28, 1977
19 Elected in 1942
20 Re-elected in 1948
21 Re-elected in 1954
22 Re-elected in 1960
23 Re-elected in 1966
24 Re-elected in 1972

Died
Vacant November 28, 1977 –
December 10, 1977
15 HodgesKjR.jpg Kaneaster Hodges, Jr. Democratic December 10, 1977 –
January 3, 1979
Appointed to finish McClellan's term

Retired
16 AR Pryor David.jpg David H. Pryor Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
25 Elected in 1978
26 Re-elected in 1984
27 Re-elected in 1990

Retired
17 Timothy Hutchinson, official Senate photo portrait.jpg Tim Hutchinson Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
28 Elected in 1996

Lost re-election
18 Mark Pryor, head and shoulders photo portrait with flag, 2006.jpg Mark Pryor Democratic January 3, 2003 –
Present
29 Elected in 2002
30 Re-elected in 2008

Lost re-election
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

Class 3[edit]

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 AR Sevier Ambrose.jpg Ambrose H. Sevier Democratic September 18, 1836 –
March 15, 1848
1 Elected in 1836
2 Re-elected in 1837
3 Re-elected in 1843

Resigned
Vacant March 15, 1848 –
March 30, 1848
2 Solon Borland.jpg Solon Borland Democratic March 30, 1848 –
April 11, 1853
Elected to finish Sevier's term
4 Elected to full term in 1848

Resigned
Vacant April 11, 1853 –
July 6, 1853
3 RWJohnson-photograph.jpg Robert W. Johnson Democratic July 6, 1853 –
March 4, 1861
Appointed to continue Borland's term
Elected to finish Borland's term
6 Re-elected in 1855

Retired
4 Charles Mitchel.jpg Charles B. Mitchel Democratic March 4, 1861 –
July 11, 1861
7 Elected in 1861

Expelled for supporting the Confederacy
Vacant July 11, 1861 –
June 23, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction
8
5 Benjamin F. Rice - Brady-Handy.jpg Benjamin F. Rice Republican June 23, 1868 –
March 4, 1873
Elected to finish term
6 Stephen dorsey.jpg Stephen W. Dorsey Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
9 Elected in 1873

Retired
7 James D Walker.jpg James D. Walker Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
10 Elected in 1879

Retired
8 JamesKiJones.jpg James K. Jones Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1903
10 Elected in 1885
11 Re-elected in 1891
12 Re-elected in 1897

Lost re-election
9 AR Clarke John.jpg James P. Clarke Democratic March 4, 1903 –
October 1, 1916
13 Elected in 1903
14 Re-elected in 1909
15 Re-elected in 1914

Died
Vacant October 1, 1916 –
November 8, 1916
10 William Fosgate Kirby.jpg William F. Kirby Democratic November 8, 1916 –
March 4, 1921
Elected to finish Clarke's term

Lost renomination
11 Thaddeus H. Caraway.jpg Thaddeus H. Caraway Democratic March 4, 1921 –
November 6, 1931
16 Elected in 1920
17 Re-elected in 1926

Died
Vacant November 6, 1931 –
November 13, 1931
12 HattieCarawayPortrait.jpg Hattie W. Caraway Democratic November 13, 1931 –
January 3, 1945
Appointed to finish her husband's term
18 Elected to full term in 1932
19 Re-elected in 1938

Lost renomination
13 JWFulbright.jpg J. William Fulbright Democratic January 3, 1945 –
December 31, 1974
20 Elected in 1944
21 Re-elected in 1950
22 Re-elected in 1956
23 Re-elected in 1962
24 Re-elected in 1968

Lost re-nomination, then resigned
Vacant December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
14 Dale Bumpers.jpg Dale Bumpers Democratic January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1999
25 Elected in 1974
26 Re-elected in 1980
27 Re-elected in 1986
28 Re-elected in 1992

Retired
15 Lincoln-portrait-2007.jpg Blanche Lincoln Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
29 Elected in 1998
30 Re-elected in 2004

Lost re-election
16 John Boozman, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg John Boozman Republican January 3, 2011 –
Present
31 Elected in 2010
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson was the last U.S. Senator elected by a state legislature in advance of the implementation of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution