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 Congress 1 Elected in 1850.
Vacant March 4, 1851 –
January 30, 1852
32nd Congress 2 Legislature failed to elect.
2 John Weller.jpg John B. Weller Democratic January 30, 1852 –
March 4, 1857
32nd Congress
(Continued)
Elected late in 1852.
Lost re-election.
33rd Congress
34th Congress
3 David C. Broderick - Brady-Handy.jpg David C. Broderick Democratic March 4, 1857 –
September 16, 1859
35th Congress 3 Elected in 1856.
Died.
36th Congress
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
36th Congress
(Continued)
Elected to finish Broderick's term.
Lost re-election.
37th Congress
6 John Conness.jpg John Conness Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1869
38th Congress 4 Elected in 1862.
39th Congress
40th Congress
7 Eugene Casserly - Brady-Handy.jpg Eugene Casserly Democratic March 4, 1869 –
November 29, 1873
41st Congress 5 Elected in 1868.
Resigned.
42nd Congress
43rd Congress
Vacant November 29, 1873 –
December 23, 1873
8 John S. Hager.jpg John S. Hager Democratic December 23, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
43rd Congress
(Continued)
Elected to finish Casserly's term.
Retired.
9 Newton Booth - Brady-Handy.jpg Newton Booth Anti-Monopoly March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
44th Congress 6 Elected in 1874.
Retired.
45th Congress
46th Congress
10 JFMiller.jpg John Franklin Miller Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 8, 1886
47th Congress 7 Elected in 1880.
Died.
48th Congress
49th Congress
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
49th Congress
(Continued)
Elected to complete Miller's term.
Retired.
13 George Hearst (cropped).jpg George Hearst Democratic March 4, 1887 –
February 28, 1891
50th Congress 8 Elected in 1886.
Died.
51st Congress
Vacant February 28, 1891 –
March 19, 1891
51st Congress
(Continued)
52nd Congress
14 Charles Norton Felton.jpg Charles N. Felton Republican March 19, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
52nd Congress
(Continued)
Elected to finish Hearst's term.
Retired.
15 StephenMWhite.JPG Stephen M. White Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
53rd Congress 9 Elected in 1892.
Retired.
54th Congress
55th Congress
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
February 7, 1900
56th Congress 10
16 Thomas R. Bard.jpg Thomas R. Bard Republican February 7, 1900 –
March 4, 1905
56th Congress
(Continued)
Elected late in 1900.
Lost re-election.
57th Congress
58th Congress
17 Frank Putnam Flint.jpg Frank P. Flint Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
59th Congress 11 Elected in 1904.
Retired.
60th Congress
61st Congress
18 John Downey Works.jpg John D. Works Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1917
62nd Congress 12 Elected in 1910.
Retired.
63rd Congress
64th Congress
19 Hiram Johnson.jpg Hiram Johnson Republican March 16, 1917 –
August 6, 1945
65th Congress 13 Elected in 1916.
66th Congress
67th Congress
68th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1922.
69th Congress
70th Congress
71st Congress 15 Re-elected in 1928.
72nd Congress
73rd Congress
74th Congress 16 Re-elected in 1934.
75th Congress
76th Congress
77th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1940.
Died.
78th Congress
79th Congress
Vacant August 6, 1945 –
August 26, 1945
20 William F. Knowland headshot.jpg William F. Knowland Republican August 26, 1945 –
January 3, 1959
79th Congress
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Johnson's term.
Elected to finish Johnson's term.
80th Congress 18 Elected to full term. in 1946.
81st Congress
82nd Congress
83rd Congress 19 Re-elected in 1952.
Retired to run for Governor of California.
84th Congress
85th Congress
21 Clair Engle.jpg Clair Engle Democratic January 3, 1959 –
July 30, 1964
86th Congress 20 Elected in 1958.
Died.
87th Congress
88th Congress
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
88th Congress
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Salinger's term., having been elected to the next term.
89th Congress 21 Elected in 1964.
Lost re-election, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
90th Congress
91st Congress
24 JohnTunney.jpg John V. Tunney Democratic January 2, 1971 –
January 2, 1977
91st Congress Appointed to finish Murphy's term., having been elected to the next term.
92nd Congress 22 Elected in 1970.
Lost re-election, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
93rd Congress
94th Congress
25 SIHayakawa.jpg S. I. Hayakawa Republican January 2, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
94th Congress
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Tunney's term., having been elected to the next term.
95th Congress 23 Elected in 1976.
Retired.
96th Congress
97th Congress
26 PeteWilson.jpg Pete Wilson Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 7, 1991
98th Congress 24 Elected in 1982.
99th Congress
100th Congress
101st Congress 25 Re-elected in 1988.
Resigned to become Governor of California.
102nd Congress
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
102nd Congress
(Continued)
Elected to finish Wilson's term..
103rd Congress
104th Congress 26 Elected to full term. in 1994.
105th Congress
106th Congress
107th Congress 27 Re-elected in 2000.
108th Congress
109th Congress
110th Congress 28 Re-elected in 2006.
111th Congress
112th Congress
113th Congress 29 Re-elected in 2012.
114th Congress
115th Congress
# 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 Congress 1 Elected in 1850.
Legislature failed to elect.
32nd Congress
33rd Congress
Vacant March 4, 1855 –
January 13, 1857
34th Congress 2
WMGwin.jpg William M. Gwin January 13, 1857 –
March 4, 1861
34th Congress
(Continued)
Legislature elected late.
35th Congress
36th Congress
2 Sen James A McDougall.jpg James A. McDougall Democratic March 4, 1861 –
March 4, 1867
37th Congress 3 Elected in 1860.
Retired.
38th Congress
39th Congress
3 CorneliusCole.jpg Cornelius Cole Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1873
40th Congress 4 Elected in 1866.
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41st Congress
42nd Congress
4 Aaron Augustus Sargent - Brady-Handy.jpg Aaron A. Sargent Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
43rd Congress 5 Elected in 1872.
Retired.
44th Congress
45th Congress
5 James T. Farley.jpg James T. Farley Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
46th Congress 6 Elected in 1878.
Retired.
47th Congress
48th Congress
6 LelandStanford.jpg Leland Stanford Republican March 4, 1885 –
June 21, 1893
49th Congress 7 Elected in 1884.
50th Congress
51st Congress
52nd Congress 8 Re-elected in 1890.
Died.
53rd Congress
Vacant June 21, 1893 –
July 26, 1893
7 George Clement Perkins.jpg George Clement Perkins Republican July 26, 1893 –
March 4, 1915
53rd Congress
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Stanford's term.
Elected to finish Stanford's term.
54th Congress
55th Congress 9 Elected to full term. in 1896.
56th Congress
57th Congress
58th Congress 10 Re-elected in 1902.
59th Congress
60th Congress
61st Congress 11 Re-elected in 1908.
Retired.
62nd Congress
63rd Congress
8 James D. Phelan - Mayor of SF 1910.jpg James D. Phelan Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1921
64th Congress 12 Elected in 1914.
Lost re-election.
65th Congress
66th Congress
9 Samuel Morgan Shortridge.jpg Samuel M. Shortridge Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1933
67th Congress 13 Elected in 1920.
68th Congress
69th Congress
70th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1926.
Lost renomination.
71st Congress
72nd Congress
10 William Gibbs McAdoo, formal photo portrait, 1914.jpg William Gibbs McAdoo Democratic March 4, 1933 –
November 8, 1938
73rd Congress 15 Elected in 1932.
Lost renomination, then resigned.
74th Congress
75th Congress
11 ThomasMStorke.jpg Thomas M. Storke Democratic November 9, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
75th Congress
(Continued)
Appointed to finish McAdoo's term.
Retired.
12 SDowney.jpg Sheridan Downey Democratic January 3, 1939 –
November 30, 1950
76th Congress 16 Elected in 1938.
77th Congress
78th Congress
79th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1944.
Resigned due to ill health.
80th Congress
81st Congress
13 Nixon while in US Congress.jpg Richard Nixon Republican December 4, 1950 –
January 1, 1953
81st Congress
(Continued)
Appointed to finish Downey's term.,
having been elected to the next term.
82nd Congress 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
82nd Congress
(Continued)
Appointed to continue Nixon's term.
Elected to finish Nixon's term.
83rd Congress
84th Congress
85th Congress 19 Elected to full term. in 1956.
86th Congress
87th Congress
88th Congress 20 Re-elected in 1962.
Lost renomination.
89th Congress
90th Congress
15 AlanCranston.jpg Alan Cranston Democratic January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1993
91st Congress 21 Elected in 1968.
92nd Congress
93rd Congress
94th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1974.
95th Congress
96th Congress
97th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1980.
98th Congress
99th Congress
100th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1986.
Retired.
101st Congress
102nd Congress
16 Barbara Boxer 2005.jpg Barbara Boxer Democratic January 3, 1993 –
Present
103rd Congress 25 Elected in 1992.
104th Congress
105th Congress
106th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1998.
107th Congress
108th Congress
109th Congress 27 Re-elected in 2004.
110th Congress
111th Congress
112th Congress 28 Re-elected in 2010.
Retiring in 2016.[citation needed]
113th Congress
114th Congress
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

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