List of United States Senators from California

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California elects United States Senators to Class 1 and Class 3. The state has been represented by 44 people in the Senate. Its current Senators are Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Class 1[edit]

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 JCFrémont.jpg John C. Frémont Democratic September 10, 1850 –
March 4, 1851
31 1 Elected in 1850
Vacant March 4, 1851 –
January 30, 1852
32 2 Legislature failed to elect
2 John Weller.jpg John B. Weller Democratic January 30, 1852 –
March 4, 1857
32
(Continued)
Elected late in 1852

Lost re-election
33
34
3 David C. Broderick - Brady-Handy.jpg David C. Broderick Democratic March 4, 1857 –
September 16, 1859
35 3 Elected in 1856

Died
36
Vacant September 16, 1859 –
November 3, 1859
4 Henry Haun.jpg Henry P. Haun Democratic November 3, 1859 –
March 4, 1860
Appointed to continue Broderick's term

Lost election to finish Broderick's term
5 Latham1.jpg Milton Latham Democratic March 5, 1860 –
March 4, 1863
36
(Continued)
Elected to finish Broderick's term

Lost re-election
37
6 John Conness.jpg John Conness Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1869
38 4 Elected in 1862
39
40
7 Eugene Casserly - Brady-Handy.jpg Eugene Casserly Democratic March 4, 1869 –
November 29, 1873
41 5 Elected in 1868

Resigned
42
43
Vacant November 29, 1873 –
December 23, 1873
8 John S. Hager.jpg John S. Hager Democratic December 23, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
43
(Continued)
Elected to finish Casserly's term

Retired
9 Newton Booth - Brady-Handy.jpg Newton Booth Anti-Monopoly March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
44 6 Elected in 1874

Retired
45
46
10 JFMiller.jpg John Franklin Miller Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 8, 1886
47 7 Elected in 1880

Died
48
49
Vacant March 8, 1886 –
March 23, 1886
11 George Hearst (cropped).jpg George Hearst Democratic March 23, 1886 –
August 4, 1886
Appointed to continue Miller's term

Successor qualified
12 APWilliams.jpg Abram P. Williams Republican August 4, 1886 –
March 4, 1887
49
(Continued)
Elected to complete Miller's term

Retired
13 George Hearst (cropped).jpg George Hearst Democratic March 4, 1887 –
February 28, 1891
50 8 Elected in 1886

Died
51
Vacant February 28, 1891 –
March 19, 1891
51
(Continued)
52
14 Charles Norton Felton.jpg Charles N. Felton Republican March 19, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
52
(Continued)
Elected to finish Hearst's term

Retired
15 StephenMWhite.JPG Stephen M. White Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
53 9 Elected in 1892

Retired
54
55
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
February 7, 1900
56 10
16 Thomas R. Bard.jpg Thomas R. Bard Republican February 7, 1900 –
March 4, 1905
56
(Continued)
Elected late in 1900

Lost re-election
57
58
17 Frank Putnam Flint.jpg Frank P. Flint Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
59 11 Elected in 1904

Retired
60
61
18 John Downey Works.jpg John D. Works Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1917
62 12 Elected in 1910

Retired
63
64
19 Hiram Johnson.jpg Hiram Johnson Republican March 16, 1917 –
August 6, 1945
65 13 Elected in 1916
66
67
68 14 Re-elected in 1922
69
70
71 15 Re-elected in 1928
72
73
74 16 Re-elected in 1934
75
76
77 17 Re-elected in 1940

Died
78
79
Vacant August 6, 1945 –
August 26, 1945
20 William F. Knowland headshot.jpg William F. Knowland Republican August 26, 1945 –
January 3, 1959
79
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Johnson's term
Elected to finish Johnson's term
80 18 Elected to full term in 1946
81
82
83 19 Re-elected in 1952

Retired to run for Governor of California
84
85
21 Clair Engle.jpg Clair Engle Democratic January 3, 1959 –
July 30, 1964
86 20 Elected in 1958

Died
87
88
Vacant July 30, 1964 –
August 4, 1964
22 PierreSalinger.jpg Pierre Salinger Democratic August 4, 1964 –
December 31, 1964
Appointed to continue Engle's term

Lost election to full term, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
23 GeorgeMurphy.jpg George Murphy Republican January 1, 1965 –
January 2, 1971
88
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Salinger's term, having been elected to the next term
89 21 Elected in 1964

Lost re-election, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
90
91
24 JohnTunney.jpg John V. Tunney Democratic January 2, 1971 –
January 2, 1977
91 Appointed to finish Murphy's term, having been elected to the next term
92 22 Elected in 1970

Lost re-election, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
93
94
25 SIHayakawa.jpg S. I. Hayakawa Republican January 2, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
94
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Tunney's term, having been elected to the next term
95 23 Elected in 1976

Retired
96
97
26 PeteWilson.jpg Pete Wilson Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 7, 1991
98 24 Elected in 1982
99
100
101 25 Re-elected in 1988

Resigned to become Governor of California
102
27 John F Seymour.jpg John F. Seymour Republican January 7, 1991 –
November 10, 1992
Appointed to continue Wilson's term

Lost election to finish Wilson's term
28 Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo.jpg Dianne Feinstein Democratic November 10, 1992 –
Present
102
(Continued)
Elected to finish Wilson's term
103
104 26 Elected to full term in 1994
105
106
107 27 Re-elected in 2000
108
109
110 28 Re-elected in 2006
111
112
113 29 Re-elected in 2012
114
115
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Class 3[edit]

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 WMGwin.jpg William M. Gwin Democratic September 10, 1850 –
March 4, 1855
31 1 Elected in 1850

Legislature failed to elect
32
33
Vacant March 4, 1855 –
January 13, 1857
34 2
WMGwin.jpg William M. Gwin January 13, 1857 –
March 4, 1861
34
(Continued)
Legislature elected late
35
36
2 Sen James A McDougall.jpg James A. McDougall Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 4, 1867
37 3 Elected in 1860

Retired
38
39
3 CorneliusCole.jpg Cornelius Cole Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1873
40 4 Elected in 1866

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41
42
4 Aaron Augustus Sargent - Brady-Handy.jpg Aaron A. Sargent Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
43 5 Elected in 1872

Retired
44
45
5 James T. Farley.jpg James T. Farley Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
46 6 Elected in 1878

Retired
47
48
6 LelandStanford.jpg Leland Stanford Republican March 4, 1885 –
June 21, 1893
49 7 Elected in 1884
50
51
52 8 Re-elected in 1890

Died
53
Vacant June 21, 1893 –
July 26, 1893
7 George Clement Perkins.jpg George Clement Perkins Republican July 26, 1893 –
March 4, 1915
53
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Stanford's term
Elected to finish Stanford's term
54
55 9 Elected to full term in 1896
56
57
58 10 Re-elected in 1902
59
60
61 11 Re-elected in 1908

Retired
62
63
8 James D. Phelan - Mayor of SF 1910.jpg James D. Phelan Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1921
64 12 Elected in 1914

Lost re-election
65
66
9 Samuel Morgan Shortridge.jpg Samuel M. Shortridge Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1933
67 13 Elected in 1920
68
69
70 14 Re-elected in 1926

Lost renomination
71
72
10 William Gibbs McAdoo, formal photo portrait, 1914.jpg William Gibbs McAdoo Democratic March 4, 1933 –
November 8, 1938
73 15 Elected in 1932

Lost renomination, then resigned
74
75
11 ThomasMStorke.jpg Thomas M. Storke Democratic November 9, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
75
(Continued)
Appointed to finish McAdoo's term

Retired
12 SDowney.jpg Sheridan Downey Democratic January 3, 1939 –
November 30, 1950
76 16 Elected in 1938
77
78
79 17 Re-elected in 1944

Resigned due to ill health.
80
81
13 Nixon while in US Congress.jpg Richard Nixon Republican December 1, 1950 –
January 1, 1953
81
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Downey's term,
having been elected to the next term
82 18 Elected in 1950

Resigned to become Vice President
Vacant January 1, 1953 –
January 3, 1953
14 ThomasKuchel.jpg Thomas Kuchel Republican January 2, 1953 –
January 3, 1969
82
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Nixon's term
Elected to finish Nixon's term
83
84
85 19 Elected to full term in 1956
86
87
88 20 Re-elected in 1962

Lost renomination
89
90
15 AlanCranston.jpg Alan Cranston Democratic January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1993
91 21 Elected in 1968
92
93
94 22 Re-elected in 1974
95
96
97 23 Re-elected in 1980
98
99
100 24 Re-elected in 1986

Retired
101
102
16 Barbara Boxer 2005.jpg Barbara Boxer Democratic January 3, 1993 –
Present
103 25 Elected in 1992
104
105
106 26 Re-elected in 1998
107
108
109 27 Re-elected in 2004
110
111
112 28 Re-elected in 2010
113
114
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

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