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, the current senior delegation in the Senate.

Class 1[edit]

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

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

Died.
36th
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
Elected to finish Broderick's term.

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

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

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

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

Died.
48th
49th
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
Elected to complete Miller's term.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Died.
78th
79th
Vacant August 6, 1945 –
August 26, 1945
20 William F. Knowland headshot.jpg William F. Knowland Republican August 26, 1945 –
January 3, 1959
Appointed to continue Johnson's term.

Elected to finish Johnson's term.
80th 18 Elected to full term in 1946.
81st
82nd
83rd 19 Re-elected in 1952.

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

Died.
87th
88th
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
Appointed to finish Salinger's term, having been elected to the next term.
89th 21 Elected in 1964.

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

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

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

Resigned to become Governor of California.
102nd
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
Elected to finish Wilson's term..
103rd
104th 26 Elected to full term in 1994.
105th
106th
107th 27 Re-elected in 2000.
108th
109th
110th 28 Re-elected in 2006.
111th
112th
113th 29 Re-elected in 2012.
114th
115th
# 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
31st 1 Elected in 1850.

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

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

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

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

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

Died.
53rd
Vacant June 21, 1893 –
July 26, 1893
7 George Clement Perkins.jpg George Clement Perkins Republican July 26, 1893 –
March 4, 1915
Appointed to continue Stanford's term.

Elected to finish Stanford's term.
54th
55th 9 Elected to full term in 1896.
56th
57th
58th 10 Re-elected in 1902.
59th
60th
61st 11 Re-elected in 1908.

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

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

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

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

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

Ran for re-election, but dropped out of renomination race due to ill health.

Resigned early due to ill health.
80th
81st
13 Nixon while in US Congress.jpg Richard Nixon Republican December 4, 1950 –
January 1, 1953
Appointed to finish Downey's term,
having been elected to the next term.
82nd 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
Appointed to continue Nixon's term.

Elected to finish Nixon's term.
83rd
84th
85th 19 Elected to full term in 1956.
86th
87th
88th 20 Re-elected in 1962.

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

Retired.
101st
102nd
16 Barbara Boxer 2005.jpg Barbara Boxer Democratic January 3, 1993 –
Present
103rd 25 Elected in 1992.
104th
105th
106th 26 Re-elected in 1998.
107th
108th
109th 27 Re-elected in 2004.
110th
111th
112th 28 Re-elected in 2010.

Retiring in 2016.[citation needed]
113th
114th
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

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