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 Republicans John Boozman and Tom Cotton.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected in the first election of 1836, for three Congresses, starting with the 24th and the seat was contested again for the 27th, 30th, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter.

The seat in recent years has been contested in 2002, 2008, and 2014.

The next election is in 2020.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected in the first election of 1836, for one Congress starting with the 24th and the seat was contested again for the 25th, 28th, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter.

The seat in recent years has been contested in 1998, 2004, and 2010.

The next election is in 2016.

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William S. Fulton
Democratic September 18, 1836 –
August 15, 1844
Elected in 1836. 1 24th Congress 1 Elected in 1836. September 18, 1836 –
March 15, 1848
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Ambrose H. Sevier
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25th Congress 2 Re-elected in 1837.
26th Congress
Re-elected in 1840.

Died.
2 27th Congress
28th Congress 3 Re-elected in 1843.

Resigned.
Vacant August 15, 1844 –
November 8, 1844
 
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Chester Ashley
Democratic November 8, 1844 –
April 29, 1848
Elected to finish Fulton's term.
29th Congress
Elected to a full term in 1846.

Died.
3 30th Congress
  March 15, 1848 –
March 30, 1848
Vacant
Elected to finish Sevier's term March 30, 1848 –
April 11, 1853
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Solon Borland
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Vacant April 29, 1848 –
May 12, 1848
 
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William K. Sebastian
Democratic May 12, 1848 –
July 11, 1861
Appointed to continue Ashley's term
Elected to finish Ashley's term.
31st Congress 4 Elected to full term in 1848.

Resigned.
32nd Congress
Elected to full term in 1852. 4 33rd Congress
  April 11, 1853 –
July 6, 1853
Vacant
Appointed to continue Borland's term.

Elected to finish Borland's term.
July 6, 1853 –
March 4, 1861
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Robert W. Johnson
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34th Congress 6 Re-elected in 1855.

Retired.
35th Congress
Re-elected in 1858.

Expelled
(Expulsion was reversed by the Senate in 1877).
5 36th Congress
37th Congress 7 Elected in 1861.

Expelled for supporting the Confederacy.
March 4, 1861 –
July 11, 1861
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Charles B. Mitchel
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Vacant July 11, 1861 –
June 22, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction Civil War and Reconstruction July 11, 1861 –
June 23, 1868
Vacant
38th Congress
6 39th Congress
40th Congress 8
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Alexander McDonald
Republican June 22, 1868 –
March 4, 1871
Elected to finish vacant term.

Lost re-election.
Elected to finish vacant term.

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June 23, 1868 –
March 4, 1873
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Benjamin F. Rice
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41st Congress
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Powell Clayton
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
Elected in 1871.

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7 42nd Congress
43rd Congress 9 Elected in 1873.

Retired.
March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
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Stephen W. Dorsey
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44th Congress
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Augustus Garland
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 6, 1885
Elected in 1876. 8 45th Congress
46th Congress 10 Elected in 1879.

Retired.
March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
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James D. Walker
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47th Congress
Re-elected in 1883.

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General.
9 48th Congress
49th Congress 10 Elected in 1885. March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1903
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James K. Jones
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Vacant March 6, 1885 –
March 20, 1885
 
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James H. Berry
Democratic March 20, 1885 –
March 4, 1907
Elected to finish Garland's term.
50th Congress
Re-elected in 1889. 10 51st Congress
52nd Congress 11 Re-elected in 1891.
53rd Congress
Re-elected in 1895. 11 54th Congress
55th Congress 12 Re-elected in 1897.

Lost re-election.
56th Congress
Re-elected in 1901.

Lost re-election.
12 57th Congress
58th Congress 13 Elected in 1903. March 4, 1903 –
October 1, 1916
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James P. Clarke
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59th Congress
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Jeff Davis
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
January 3, 1913
Elected in 1906.

Re-elected in 1912, but died before new term began.
13 60th Congress
61st Congress 14 Re-elected in 1909.
62nd Congress
Vacant January 3, 1913 –
January 6, 1913
 
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John N. Heiskell
Democratic January 6, 1913 –
January 29, 1913
Appointed to continue Davis's term.

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

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Joseph Robinson
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
July 14, 1937
Elected in 1913[1] 14 63rd Congress
64th Congress 15 Re-elected in 1914.

Died.
  October 1, 1916 –
November 8, 1916
Vacant
Elected to finish Clarke's term.

Lost renomination.
November 8, 1916 –
March 4, 1921
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William F. Kirby
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65th Congress
Re-elected in 1918. 15 66th Congress
67th Congress 16 Elected in 1920. March 4, 1921 –
November 6, 1931
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Thaddeus H. Caraway
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68th Congress
Re-elected in 1924. 16 69th Congress
70th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1926.

Died.
71st Congress
Re-elected in 1930. 17 72nd Congress
  November 6, 1931 –
November 13, 1931
Vacant
Appointed to finish her husband's term November 13, 1931 –
January 3, 1945
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Hattie W. Caraway
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73rd Congress 18 Elected to full term in 1932.
74th Congress
Re-elected in 1936.

Died.
18 75th Congress
Vacant July 14, 1937 –
November 15, 1937
 
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John E. Miller
Democratic November 15, 1937 –
March 31, 1941
Elected to finish Robinson's term.

Resigned to become U.S. District Judge.
76th Congress 19 Re-elected in 1938.

Lost renomination.
77th Congress
Vacant March 31, 1941 –
April 1, 1941
 
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George L. Spencer
Democratic April 1, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Elected to finish Miller's term.

Retired.
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John L. McClellan
Democratic January 3, 1943 –
November 28, 1977
Elected in 1942. 19 78th Congress
79th Congress 20 Elected in 1944. January 3, 1945 –
December 31, 1974
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J. William Fulbright
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80th Congress
Re-elected in 1948. 20 81st Congress
82nd Congress 21 Re-elected in 1950.
83rd Congress
Re-elected in 1954. 21 84th Congress
85th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1956.
86th Congress
Re-elected in 1960. 22 87th Congress
88th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1962.
89th Congress
Re-elected in 1966. 23 90th Congress
91st Congress 24 Re-elected in 1968.

Lost re-nomination, then resigned.
92nd Congress
Re-elected in 1972.

Died.
24 93rd Congress
  December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
Vacant
94th Congress 25 Elected in 1974. January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1999
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Dale Bumpers
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95th Congress
Vacant November 28, 1977 –
December 10, 1977
 
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Kaneaster Hodges, Jr.
Democratic December 10, 1977 –
January 3, 1979
Appointed to finish McClellan's term.

Retired.
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David H. Pryor
Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
Elected in 1978. 25 96th Congress
97th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1980.
98th Congress
Re-elected in 1984. 26 99th Congress
100th Congress 27 Re-elected in 1986.
101st Congress
Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
27 102nd Congress
103rd Congress 28 Re-elected in 1992.

Retired.
104th Congress
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Tim Hutchinson
Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1996.

Lost re-election.
28 105th Congress
106th Congress 29 Elected in 1998. January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
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Blanche Lincoln
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107th Congress
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Mark Pryor
Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 2002. 29 108th Congress
109th Congress 30 Re-elected in 2004.

Lost re-election.
110th Congress
Re-elected in 2008.

Lost re-election.
30 111th Congress
112th Congress 31 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
Present
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John Boozman
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113th Congress
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Tom Cotton
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 31 114th Congress
115th Congress 32 To be determined in the 2016 election.
116th Congress
To be determined in the 2020 election. 32 117th Congress
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson was the last U.S. Senator elected by a state legislature before the ratification of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[citation needed]