List of United States Senators from Connecticut

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This is a chronological listing of the United States Senators from Connecticut.

United States Senators are popularly elected, for a six-year term, beginning January 3. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. Before 1914, they were chosen by the Connecticut General Assembly, and before 1935, their terms began March 4.

Class 1[edit]

Class 1 Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for only the 1st United States Congress in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012.

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 OliverEllsworth.jpg Oliver Ellsworth Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
March 8, 1796
1st Congress 1 Elected in 1788.
2nd Congress 2 Re-elected in 1791.

Resigned to become Chief Justice of the United States.
3rd Congress
4th Congress
Vacant March 8, 1796 –
December 6, 1796
2 JamesHillhouse.jpg James Hillhouse Federalist December 6, 1796 –
June 10, 1810
Elected to finish Ellsworth's term.
5th Congress 3 Re-elected in 1797.
6th Congress
7th Congress
8th Congress 4 Re-elected in 1803.
9th Congress
10th Congress
11th Congress 5 Re-elected in 1809.

Resigned.
Vacant June 10, 1810 –
December 4, 1810
3 Samuel W. Dana Federalist December 4, 1810 –
March 4, 1821
Elected to finish Hillhouse's term.
12th Congress
13th Congress
14th Congress 6 Re-elected in 1814.
15th Congress
16th Congress
4 Ralph Earl - Elijah Boardman - WGA7452.jpg Elijah Boardman Jackson
Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1821 –
August 18, 1823
17th Congress 7 Elected in 1820.

Died.
18th Congress
Vacant August 18, 1823 –
October 8, 1823
5 HenryEdwards.jpg Henry W. Edwards Jackson
Democratic-
Republican
October 8, 1823 –
March 4, 1827
Appointed to continue Boardman's term.

Elected to finish Boardman's term.
Jacksonian 19th Congress
6 Samuel Augustus Foot.jpg Samuel A. Foot Adams March 4, 1827 –
March 4, 1833
20th Congress 8 Elected in 1826.

Lost re-election.
Anti-Jacksonian 21st Congress
22nd Congress
7 Nathan Smith2.jpg Nathan Smith Whig March 4, 1833 –
December 6, 1835
23rd Congress 9 Elected in 1832.

Died.
24th Congress
Vacant December 6, 1835 –
December 21, 1835
8 JohnMiltonNiles.jpg John Milton Niles Jacksonian December 21, 1835 –
March 4, 1839
Elected to finish Smith's term.

Retired.
25th Congress
9 Thaddeus Betts Whig March 4, 1839 –
April 7, 1840
26th Congress 10 Elected in 1838.

Died.
Vacant April 7, 1840 –
May 4, 1840
10 Jabez Williams Huntington.jpg Jabez W. Huntington Whig May 4, 1840 –
November 1, 1847
Elected to finish Betts's term.
27th Congress
28th Congress
29th Congress 11 Re-elected in 1844.

Died.
30th Congress
Vacant November 1, 1847 –
November 11, 1847
11 GovRogerBaldwin.jpg Roger Sherman Baldwin Whig November 11, 1847 –
March 4, 1851
Appointed to continue Huntington's term.

Elected to finish Huntington's term.
31st Congress
Vacant March 4, 1851 –
May 12, 1851
32nd Congress 12
12 Isaac Toucey - Brady-Handy.jpg Isaac Toucey Democratic May 12, 1851 –
March 4, 1857
Elected late in 1851.

Retired.
33rd Congress
34th Congress
13 James Dixon - Brady-Handy.jpg James Dixon Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1869
35th Congress 13 Elected in 1856.
36th Congress
37th Congress
38th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1863.

Lost re-election.
39th Congress
40th Congress
14 William Alfred Buckingham - Brady-Handy.jpg William Alfred Buckingham Republican March 4, 1869 –
February 5, 1875
41st Congress 15 Elected in 1868.

Died.
42nd Congress
43rd Congress
15 William W. Eaton - Brady-Handy.jpg William W. Eaton Democratic February 5, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
Appointed to finish Buckingham's term,
having been elected to the next term
44th Congress 16 Elected in 1874.
45th Congress
46th Congress
16 Joseph Roswell Hawley - Brady-Handy.jpg Joseph Roswell Hawley Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1905
47th Congress 17 Elected in 1881.
48th Congress
49th Congress
50th Congress 18 Re-elected in 1887.
51st Congress
52nd Congress
53rd Congress 19 Re-elected in 1893.
54th Congress
55th Congress
56th Congress 20 Re-elected in 1899.

Retired.
57th Congress
58th Congress
17 Bulkeley Morgan 2.jpg Morgan G. Bulkeley Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
59th Congress 21 Elected in 1904.

Lost re-election.
60th Congress
61st Congress
18 George P. McLean.jpg George P. McLean Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1929
62nd Congress 22 Elected in 1911.
63rd Congress
64th Congress
65th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1916.
66th Congress
67th Congress
68th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1922.

Retired.
69th Congress
70th Congress
19 Frederic Collin Walcott.jpg Frederic C. Walcott Republican March 4, 1929 –
January 3, 1935
71st Congress 25 Elected in 1928.

Lost re-election.
72nd Congress
73rd Congress
20 FrancisMaloney.jpg Francis T. Maloney Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 16, 1945
74th Congress 26 Elected in 1934.
75th Congress
76th Congress
77th Congress 27 Re-elected in 1940.

Died.
78th Congress
79th Congress
Vacant January 16, 1945 –
February 15, 1945
21 Thomas Charles Hart.jpg Thomas C. Hart Republican February 15, 1945 –
November 5, 1946
Appointed to continue Maloney's term.

Successor qualified.
Vacant November 5, 1946 –
December 27, 1946
22 Raymond Earl Baldwin.jpg Raymond E. Baldwin Republican December 27, 1946 –
December 16, 1949
Elected to finish Maloney's term.
80th Congress 28 Elected to full term in 1946.

Resigned.
81st Congress
23 William Benton Democratic December 17, 1949 –
January 3, 1953
Appointed to continue Baldwin's term.

Elected to finish Baldwin's term.

Lost re-election.
82nd Congress
24 William Arthur Purtell.jpg William A. Purtell Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1959
83rd Congress 29 Elected in 1952.

Lost re-election.
84th Congress
85th Congress
25 Thomasjdodd.jpg Thomas J. Dodd Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1971
86th Congress 30 Elected in 1958.
87th Congress
88th Congress
89th Congress 31 Re-elected in 1964.

Lost renomination, and lost re-election as an independent.
90th Congress
91st Congress
26 Lweicker.jpg Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1989
92nd Congress 32 Elected in 1970.
93rd Congress
94th Congress
95th Congress 33 Re-elected in 1976.
96th Congress
97th Congress
98th Congress 34 Re-elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
99th Congress
100th Congress
27 Joe Lieberman official portrait 2.jpg Joseph Lieberman Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2013
101st Congress 35 Elected in 1988.
102nd Congress
103rd Congress
104th Congress 36 Re-elected in 1994.
105th Congress
106th Congress
107th Congress 37 Re-elected in 2000.
108th Congress
109th Congress
Independent Democratic 110th Congress 38 Lost re-nomination as a Democrat, but re-elected in 2006 as an Independent Democrat.

Retired.
111th Congress
112th Congress
28 Chris murphy official photo govtrends version cropped.jpg Chris Murphy Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
113th Congress 39 Elected in 2012.
114th Congress
115th Congress
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Class 3[edit]

Class 3 Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected to the first three U.S. Congresses in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016.

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 William s johnson.jpg William Samuel Johnson Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
March 4, 1791
1st Congress 1 Elected in 1788.

Resigned.
Vacant March 4, 1791 –
June 13, 1791
2nd Congress
2 Ralph Earl 001.jpg Roger Sherman Pro-
Administration
June 13, 1791 –
July 23, 1793
Elected to finish Johnson's term.

Died.
3rd Congress
Vacant July 23, 1793 –
December 2, 1793
3 StephenMitchell.jpg Stephen Mix Mitchell Pro-
Administration
December 2, 1793 –
March 4, 1795
Appointed to finish Sherman's term.

Retired.
4 JonathanTrumbull.jpg Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. Federalist March 4, 1795 –
June 10, 1796
4th Congress 2 Elected in 1794.

Resigned to become Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.
Vacant June 10, 1796 –
October 13, 1796
5 UriahTracy.jpg Uriah Tracy Federalist October 13, 1796 –
July 19, 1807
Elected to finish Trumbull's term.
5th Congress
6th Congress
7th Congress 3 Re-elected in 1801.
8th Congress
9th Congress
10th Congress 4 Re-elected in 1807.

Died.
Vacant July 19, 1807 –
October 25, 1807
6 Chauncey Goodrich.jpg Chauncey Goodrich Federalist October 25, 1807 –
May 13, 1813
Elected to finish Tracy's term.
11th Congress
12th Congress
13th Congress 5 Re-elected in 1813.

Resigned to become Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.
7 Daggett.jpg David Daggett Federalist May 13, 1813 –
March 4, 1819
Elected to finish Goodrich's term.

Retired.
14th Congress
15th Congress
8 U. S. Senator James Lanman.jpg James Lanman Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1819 –
March 4, 1825
16th Congress 6 Elected in 1819.

Presented credentials but was not permitted to qualify.
17th Congress
Crawford
Republican
18th Congress
Vacant March 4, 1825 –
May 4, 1825
19th Congress 7
9 CalvinWilley.jpg Calvin Willey Anti-
Jacksonian
May 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1831
Elected late to complete Lanman's term
Adams 20th Congress
Anti-
Jacksonian
21st Congress
10 Gideon Tomlinson Anti-
Jacksonian
March 4, 1831 –
March 4, 1837
22nd Congress 8 Elected in 1831.
23rd Congress
24th Congress
11 Perry Smith Democratic March 4, 1837 –
March 4, 1843
25th Congress 9 Elected in 1837.
26th Congress
27th Congress
12 JohnMiltonNiles.jpg John Milton Niles Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 4, 1849
28th Congress 10 Elected in 1843.
29th Congress
30th Congress
13 Truman Smith.jpg Truman Smith Whig March 4, 1849 –
May 24, 1854
31st Congress 11 Elected in 1848.

Resigned.
32nd Congress
33rd Congress
14 FGillette.jpg Francis Gillette Free Soil May 24, 1854 –
March 4, 1855
Elected to finish Smith's term.

Retired.
15 Lafayette S. Foster - Brady-Handy.jpg Lafayette S. Foster Republican March 4, 1855 –
March 4, 1867
34th Congress 12 Elected in 1854.
35th Congress
36th Congress
37th Congress 13 Re-elected in 1860.

Lost re-election.
38th Congress
39th Congress
16 Orris S. Ferry - Brady-Handy.jpg Orris S. Ferry Republican March 4, 1867 –
November 21, 1875
40th Congress 14 Elected in 1866.
41st Congress
42nd Congress
43rd Congress 15 Re-elected in 1872.

Died.
44th Congress
Vacant November 21, 1875 –
November 27, 1875
17 JEEnglish.jpg James E. English Democratic November 27, 1875 –
May 17, 1876
Appointed to continue Ferry's term.

Retired when successor elected.
18 William Henry Barnum - Brady-Handy.jpg William Henry Barnum Democratic May 18, 1876 –
March 4, 1879
Elected to finish Ferry's term.
45th Congress
19 Orville Hitchcock Platt.jpg Orville H. Platt Republican March 4, 1879 –
April 21, 1905
46th Congress 16 Elected in 1879.
47th Congress
48th Congress
49th Congress 17 Re-elected 1885
50th Congress
51st Congress
52nd Congress 18 Re-elected 1891
53rd Congress
54th Congress
55th Congress 19 Re-elected 1897
56th Congress
57th Congress
58th Congress 20 Re-elected in 1903.

Died.
Vacant April 21, 1905 –
May 10, 1905
20 Frank Bosworth Brandegee.jpg Frank B. Brandegee Republican May 10, 1905 –
October 14, 1924
Elected to finish Platt's term.
59th Congress
60th Congress
61st Congress 21 Re-elected in 1908.
62nd Congress
63rd Congress
64th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1914.
65th Congress
66th Congress
67th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1920.

Died.
68th Congress
Vacant October 14, 1924 –
December 15, 1924
21 HirambinghamIII.jpg Hiram Bingham III Republican December 15, 1924 –
March 4, 1933
Elected to finish Brandegee's term.
69th Congress
70th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1926.

Lost re-election.
71st Congress
72nd Congress
22 AugustineLonergan.jpg Augustine Lonergan Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
73rd Congress 25 Elected in 1932.

Lost re-election.
74th Congress
75th Congress
23 John A. Danaher.jpg John A. Danaher Republican January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
76th Congress 26 Elected in 1938.

Lost re-election.
77th Congress
78th Congress
24 SenBMcMahon.jpg Brien McMahon Democratic January 3, 1945 –
July 28, 1952
79th Congress 27 Elected in 1944.
80th Congress
81st Congress
82nd Congress 28 Re-elected in 1950.

Died.
Vacant July 28, 1952 –
August 29, 1952
25 William Arthur Purtell.jpg William A. Purtell Republican August 29, 1952 –
November 4, 1952
Appointed to continue McMahon's term.

Retired when successor elected.
26 PrescottBush.jpg Prescott Bush Republican November 4, 1952 –
January 3, 1963
Elected to finish McMahon's term.
83rd Congress
84th Congress
85th Congress 29 Re-elected in 1956.

Retired.
86th Congress
87th Congress
27 Abraham ribicoff.jpg Abraham A. Ribicoff Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
88th Congress 30 Elected in 1962.
89th Congress
90th Congress
91st Congress 31 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd Congress
93rd Congress
94th Congress 32 Re-elected in 1974.

Retired.
95th Congress
96th Congress
28 Christopher Dodd official portrait 2.jpg Chris Dodd Democratic January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 2011
97th Congress 33 Elected in 1980.
98th Congress
99th Congress
100th Congress 34 Re-elected in 1986.
101st Congress
102nd Congress
103rd Congress 35 Re-elected in 1992.
104th Congress
105th Congress
106th Congress 36 Re-elected in 1998.
107th Congress
108th Congress
109th Congress 37 Re-elected in 2004.

Retired.
110th Congress
111th Congress
29 Richard Blumenthal Official Portrait.jpg Richard Blumenthal Democratic January 3, 2011 –
Present
112th Congress 38 Elected in 2010.
113th Congress
114th Congress
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Living former U.S. Senators from Connecticut[edit]

As of April 2015, there are three former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of Connecticut that are currently living, two from Class 1 and one from Class 3.

Senator Term of office (Congressional years as a congressmen/women/senators while in office) Class Date of birth (and age)
Lowell P. Weicker 1971 - 1989 1 (1931-05-16) May 16, 1931 (age 83)
Chris Dodd 1981 - 2011 3 (1944-05-27) May 27, 1944 (age 70)
Joe Lieberman 1989 - 2013 1 (1942-02-24) February 24, 1942 (age 73)

See also[edit]