List of United States Senators from Colorado

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Colorado was admitted to the Union on August 1, 1876, and elects senators to Senate Class 2 and Class 3. Its current senators are Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that was first elected just to finish the 46th United States Congress in the first elections of 1876, and were elected also in 1876 to the term beginning in 1877, and then the seat was contested again every three Congresses (six years) thereafter.

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

The next election will be in 2020.

 

Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that was first elected to finish the 46th United States Congress and for the next Congress in the first elections of 1876, and then the seat was contested again every three Congresses (six years) thereafter.

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

The next election will be in 2016.

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Henry M. Teller
Republican November 15, 1876 –
April 17, 1882
Elected to finish the term in 1876. 1 44th Congress 1 Elected in 1876.

Retired.
November 15, 1876 –
March 4, 1879
Republican Jerome B. Chaffee - Brady-Handy.jpg
Jerome B. Chaffee
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Elected to next term in 1876.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
2 45th Congress
46th Congress 2 Elected in 1879.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
Republican Nathaniel P. Hill - Brady-Handy.jpg
Nathaniel P. Hill
2
47th Congress
2 George M. Chilcott - Brady-Handy.jpg
George M. Chilcott
Republican April 17, 1882 –
January 27, 1883
Appointed to continue Teller's term.

Did not run to finish the term.
3 Horace Austin Warner Tabor - Brady-Handy.jpg
Horace Tabor
Republican January 27, 1883 –
March 4, 1883
Elected to finish Teller's term.

Retired.
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Thomas M. Bowen
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1889
Elected in 1882.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
3 48th Congress
49th Congress 3 Elected in 1885. March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1909
Republican Teller.jpg
Henry M. Teller
3
50th Congress
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Edward O. Wolcott
Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 4, 1901
Elected in 1888. 4 51st Congress
52nd Congress 4 Re-elected in 1891. Silver Republican
53rd Congress
Re-elected in 1894.

Lost re-election.
5 54th Congress
55th Congress 5 Re-elected in 1897. Democratic
56th Congress
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Thomas M. Patterson
Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
Elected in 1900.

Retired.
6 57th Congress
58th Congress 6 Re-elected in 1903.

Retired.
59th Congress
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Simon Guggenheim
Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
Elected in 1906.

Retired.
7 60th Congress
61st Congress 7 Elected in 1908.

Died.
March 4, 1909 –
January 11, 1911
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Charles J. Hughes, Jr.
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  January 11, 1911 –
January 15, 1913
Vacant
62nd Congress
Elected to finish Hughes's term. January 15, 1913 –
March 4, 1921
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Charles S. Thomas
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John F. Shafroth
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 4, 1919
Elected in 1912.

Lost re-election.
8 63rd Congress
64th Congress 8 Re-elected in 1914.

Lost re-election.
65th Congress
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Lawrence C. Phipps
Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1931
Elected in 1918. 9 66th Congress
67th Congress 9 Elected in 1920.

Died.
March 4, 1921 –
March 24, 1923
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Samuel D. Nicholson
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68th Congress
  March 24, 1923 –
May 17, 1923
Vacant
Appointed to continue Nicholson's term.

Retired.
May 17, 1923 –
November 30, 1924
Democratic Alva Blanchard Adams 2.jpg
Alva B. Adams
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Elected to finish Nicholson's term.

Lost renomination.
December 1, 1924 –
March 4, 1927
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Rice W. Means
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Re-elected in 1924.

Retired.
10 69th Congress
70th Congress 10 Elected in 1926.

Died.
March 4, 1927 –
August 27, 1932
Republican Charles Winfield Waterman.jpg
Charles W. Waterman
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71st Congress
10 Senator Edward Prentiss Costigan.jpg
Edward P. Costigan
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
January 3, 1937
Elected in 1930.

Retired.
11 72nd Congress
  August 27, 1932 –
September 26, 1932
Vacant
Appointed to continue Waterman's term.

Lost election to finish Waterman's term.
September 26, 1932 –
December 6, 1932
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Walter Walker
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Elected to finish Waterman's term.

Lost re-election.
December 7, 1932 –
March 4, 1933
Republican Karl C Schuyler.jpg
Karl C. Schuyler
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73rd Congress 11 Elected in 1932. March 4, 1933 –
December 1, 1941
Democratic Alva Blanchard Adams 2.jpg
Alva B. Adams
12
74th Congress
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Edwin C. Johnson
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1955
Elected in 1936. 12 75th Congress
76th Congress 12 Re-elected in 1938.

Died.
77th Congress
  December 1, 1941 –
December 20, 1941
Vacant
Appointed to continue Adams's term.

Elected to finish Adams's term.
December 20, 1941 –
January 3, 1957
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Eugene Millikin
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Re-elected in 1942. 13 78th Congress
79th Congress 13 Elected to full term in 1944
80th Congress
Re-elected in 1948.

Retired.
14 81st Congress
82nd Congress 14 Re-elected in 1950.

Retired.
83rd Congress
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Gordon L. Allott
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1973
Elected in 1954. 15 84th Congress
85th Congress 15 Elected in 1956.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1963
Democratic JohnACarroll.jpg
John A. Carroll
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86th Congress
Re-elected in 1960. 16 87th Congress
88th Congress 16 Elected in 1962. January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1975
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Peter H. Dominick
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89th Congress
Re-elected in 1966.

Lost re-election.
17 90th Congress
91st Congress 17 Re-elected in 1968.

Lost re-election.
92nd Congress
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Floyd K. Haskell
Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1979
Elected in 1972.

Lost re-election.
18 93rd Congress
94th Congress 18 Elected in 1974. January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1987
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Gary Hart
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95th Congress
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William L. Armstrong
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1991
Elected in 1978. 19 96th Congress
97th Congress 19 Re-elected in 1980.

Retired.
98th Congress
Re-elected in 1984.

Retired.
20 99th Congress
100th Congress 20 Elected in 1986.

Retired.
January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
Democratic Tim Wirth.jpg
Tim Wirth
17
101st Congress
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Hank Brown
Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 1997
Elected in 1990.

Retired.
21 102nd Congress
103rd Congress 21 Elected in 1992. January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2005
Democratic BenNCampbell.jpg
Ben Nighthorse Campbell
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104th Congress
Republican
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Wayne Allard
Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
Elected in 1996. 22 105th Congress
106th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1998.

Retired.
107th Congress
Re-elected in 2002.

Retired.
23 108th Congress
109th Congress 23 Elected in 2004.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
January 3, 2005 –
January 20, 2009
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Ken Salazar
19
110th Congress
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Mark Udall
Democratic January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 2008.

Lost re-election.
24 111th Congress
Appointed to finish Salazar's term January 21, 2009 –
Present
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Michael Bennet
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112th Congress 24 Elected to full term in 2010.
113th Congress
18 Cory Gardner official Senate portrait.jpeg
Cory Gardner
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 25 114th Congress
115th Congress 25 To be determined in the 2016 election.
116th Congress
To be determined in the 2020 election. 26 117th Congress
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Living former Senators[edit]

As of April 2015, there are eight former U.S. Senators from Colorado who are currently living at this time, four from Class 2 and four from Class 3.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Gary Hart 1975–1987 3 (1936-11-28) November 28, 1936 (age 78)
William L. Armstrong 1979–1991 2 (1937-03-16) March 16, 1937 (age 78)
Tim Wirth 1987–1993 3 (1939-09-22) September 22, 1939 (age 75)
Hank Brown 1991–1997 2 (1940-02-12) February 12, 1940 (age 75)
Ben N. Campbell 1993–2005 3 (1933-04-13) April 13, 1933 (age 82)
Wayne Allard 1997–2009 2 (1943-12-02) December 2, 1943 (age 71)
Ken Salazar 2005–2009 3 (1955-03-02) March 2, 1955 (age 60)
Mark Udall 2009–2015 2 (1950-07-18) July 18, 1950 (age 64)

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