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.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for only one U.S. Congress in the first elections of 1788, and then the seat was contested again for the 2nd, 5th, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter.

The seat in recent years have been contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and2012.

The next election will be in 2018.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for the first three United States Congresses in the first elections of 1788, and then the seat was contested again for the 4th, 7th, and 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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Oliver Ellsworth
Pro-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
March 8, 1796
Elected in 1788. 1 1st Congress 1 Elected in 1788.

Resigned.
March 4, 1789 –
March 4, 1791
Pro-
Administration
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William Samuel Johnson
1
Re-elected in 1791.

Resigned to become Chief Justice of the United States.
2 2nd Congress   March 4, 1791 –
June 13, 1791
Vacant
Elected to finish Johnson's term.

Died.
June 13, 1791 –
July 23, 1793
Pro-
Administration
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Roger Sherman
2
3rd Congress
  July 23, 1793 –
December 2, 1793
Vacant
Appointed to finish Sherman's term.

Retired.
December 2, 1793 –
March 4, 1795
Pro-
Administration
StephenMitchell.jpg
Stephen Mix Mitchell
3
4th Congress 2 Elected in 1794.

Resigned to become Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.
March 4, 1795 –
June 10, 1796
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Jonathan Trumbull, Jr.
4
Vacant March 8, 1796 –
December 6, 1796
 
  June 10, 1796 –
October 13, 1796
Vacant
Elected to finish Trumbull's term. October 13, 1796 –
July 19, 1807
Federalist UriahTracy.jpg
Uriah Tracy
5
2 JamesHillhouse.jpg
James Hillhouse
Federalist December 6, 1796 –
June 10, 1810
Elected to finish Ellsworth's term.
Re-elected in 1797. 3 5th Congress
6th Congress
7th Congress 3 Re-elected in 1801.
Re-elected in 1803. 4 8th Congress
9th Congress
10th Congress 4 Re-elected in 1807.

Died.
  July 19, 1807 –
October 25, 1807
Vacant
Elected to finish Tracy's term. October 25, 1807 –
May 13, 1813
Federalist Chauncey Goodrich.jpg
Chauncey Goodrich
6
Re-elected in 1809.

Resigned.
5 11th Congress
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 5 Re-elected in 1813.

Resigned to become Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut.
Elected to finish Goodrich's term.

Retired.
May 13, 1813 –
March 4, 1819
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David Daggett
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Re-elected in 1814. 6 14th Congress
15th Congress
16th Congress 6 Elected in 1819.

Presented credentials but was not permitted to qualify.
March 4, 1819 –
March 4, 1825
Democratic-
Republican
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James Lanman
8
4 Ralph Earl - Elijah Boardman - WGA7452.jpg
Elijah Boardman
Jackson
Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1821 –
August 18, 1823
Elected in 1820.

Died.
7 17th Congress
18th Congress Crawford
Republican
Vacant August 18, 1823 –
October 8, 1823
 
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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 7   March 4, 1825 –
May 4, 1825
Vacant
Elected late to complete Lanman's term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
May 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1831
Anti-
Jacksonian
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Calvin Willey
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Samuel A. Foot
Adams March 4, 1827 –
March 4, 1833
Elected in 1826.

Lost re-election.
8 20th Congress Adams
Anti-Jacksonian 21st Congress Anti-
Jacksonian
22nd Congress 8 Elected in 1831.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
March 4, 1831 –
March 4, 1837
Anti-
Jacksonian
Gideon Tomlinson 10
7 Nathan Smith2.jpg
Nathan Smith
Whig March 4, 1833 –
December 6, 1835
Elected in 1832.

Died.
9 23rd Congress
24th Congress
Vacant December 6, 1835 –
December 21, 1835
 
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John Milton Niles
Jacksonian December 21, 1835 –
March 4, 1839
Elected to finish Smith's term.

Retired.
25th Congress 9 Elected in 1837.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
March 4, 1837 –
March 4, 1843
Democratic Perry Smith 11
9 Thaddeus Betts Whig March 4, 1839 –
April 7, 1840
Elected in 1838.

Died.
10 26th Congress
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 10 Elected in 1843.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
March 4, 1843 –
March 4, 1849
Democratic JohnMiltonNiles.jpg
John Milton Niles
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Re-elected in 1844.

Died.
11 29th Congress
30th Congress
Vacant November 1, 1847 –
November 11, 1847
 
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Roger Sherman Baldwin
Whig November 11, 1847 –
March 4, 1851
Appointed to continue Huntington's term.

Elected to finish Huntington's term.
31st Congress 11 Elected in 1848.

Resigned.
March 4, 1849 –
May 24, 1854
Whig Truman Smith.jpg
Truman Smith
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Vacant March 4, 1851 –
May 12, 1851
  12 32nd Congress
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Isaac Toucey
Democratic May 12, 1851 –
March 4, 1857
Elected late in 1851.

Retired.
33rd Congress
Elected to finish Smith's term.

Retired.
May 24, 1854 –
March 4, 1855
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Francis Gillette
14
34th Congress 12 Elected in 1854. March 4, 1855 –
March 4, 1867
Republican Lafayette S. Foster - Brady-Handy.jpg
Lafayette S. Foster
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13 James Dixon - Brady-Handy.jpg
James Dixon
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1869
Elected in 1856. 13 35th Congress
36th Congress
37th Congress 13 Re-elected in 1860.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1863.

Lost re-election.
14 38th Congress
39th Congress
40th Congress 14 Elected in 1866. March 4, 1867 –
November 21, 1875
Republican Orris S. Ferry - Brady-Handy.jpg
Orris S. Ferry
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William Alfred Buckingham
Republican March 4, 1869 –
February 5, 1875
Elected in 1868.

Died.
15 41st Congress
42nd Congress
43rd Congress 15 Re-elected in 1872.

Died.
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William W. Eaton
Democratic February 5, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
Appointed to finish Buckingham's term,
having been elected to the next term
Elected in 1874. 16 44th Congress
  November 21, 1875 –
November 27, 1875
Vacant
Appointed to continue Ferry's term.

Retired when successor elected.
November 27, 1875 –
May 17, 1876
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James E. English
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Elected to finish Ferry's term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
May 18, 1876 –
March 4, 1879
Democratic William Henry Barnum - Brady-Handy.jpg
William Henry Barnum
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45th Congress
46th Congress 16 Elected in 1879. March 4, 1879 –
April 21, 1905
Republican Orville Hitchcock Platt.jpg
Orville H. Platt
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16 Joseph Roswell Hawley - Brady-Handy.jpg
Joseph Roswell Hawley
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1905
Elected in 1881. 17 47th Congress
48th Congress
49th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1885.
Re-elected in 1887. 18 50th Congress
51st Congress
52nd Congress 18 Re-elected in 1891.
Re-elected in 1893. 19 53rd Congress
54th Congress
55th Congress 19 Re-elected in 1897.
Re-elected in 1899.

Retired.
20 56th Congress
57th Congress
58th Congress 20 Re-elected in 1903.

Died.
  April 21, 1905 –
May 10, 1905
Vacant
Elected to finish Platt's term. May 10, 1905 –
October 14, 1924
Republican Frank Bosworth Brandegee.jpg
Frank B. Brandegee
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Morgan G. Bulkeley
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
Elected in 1904.

Lost re-election.
21 59th Congress
60th Congress
61st Congress 21 Re-elected in 1908.


18 George P. McLean.jpg
George P. McLean
Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1929
Elected in 1911. 22 62nd Congress
63rd Congress
64th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1914.
Re-elected in 1916. 23 65th Congress
66th Congress
67th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1920.

Died.
Re-elected in 1922.

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

Lost re-election.
19 Frederic Collin Walcott.jpg
Frederic C. Walcott
Republican March 4, 1929 –
January 3, 1935
Elected in 1928.

Lost re-election.
25 71st Congress
72nd Congress
73rd Congress 25 Elected in 1932.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
Democratic AugustineLonergan.jpg
Augustine Lonergan
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Francis T. Maloney
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 16, 1945
Elected in 1934. 26 74th Congress
75th Congress
76th Congress 26 Elected in 1938.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
Republican John A. Danaher.jpg
John A. Danaher
23
Re-elected in 1940.

Died.
27 77th Congress
78th Congress
79th Congress 27 Elected in 1944. January 3, 1945 –
July 28, 1952
Democratic SenBMcMahon.jpg
Brien McMahon
24
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.
Elected to full term in 1946.

Resigned.
28 80th Congress
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 28 Re-elected in 1950.

Died.
  July 28, 1952 –
August 29, 1952
Vacant
Appointed to continue McMahon's term.

Retired when successor elected.
August 29, 1952 –
November 4, 1952
Republican William Arthur Purtell.jpg
William A. Purtell
25
Elected to finish McMahon's term. November 4, 1952 –
January 3, 1963
Republican PrescottBush.jpg
Prescott Bush
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William A. Purtell
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1959
Elected in 1952.

Lost re-election.
29 83rd Congress
84th Congress
85th Congress 29 Re-elected in 1956.

Retired.
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Thomas J. Dodd
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1971
Elected in 1958. 30 86th Congress
87th Congress
88th Congress 30 Elected in 1962. January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
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Abraham A. Ribicoff
27
Re-elected in 1964.

Lost renomination, and lost re-election as an independent.
31 89th Congress
90th Congress
91st Congress 31 Re-elected in 1968.
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Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.
Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1970. 32 92nd Congress
93rd Congress
94th Congress 32 Re-elected in 1974.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1976. 33 95th Congress
96th Congress
97th Congress 33 Elected in 1980. January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 2011
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Chris Dodd
28
Re-elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
34 98th Congress
99th Congress
100th Congress 34 Re-elected in 1986.
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Joseph Lieberman
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 1988. 35 101st Congress
102nd Congress
103rd Congress 35 Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994. 36 104th Congress
105th Congress
106th Congress 36 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000. 37 107th Congress
108th Congress
109th Congress 37 Re-elected in 2004.

Retired.
Independent Democratic Lost re-nomination as a Democrat, but re-elected in 2006 as an Independent Democrat.

Retired.
38 110th Congress
111th Congress
112th Congress 38 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
Present
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Richard Blumenthal
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Chris Murphy
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
Elected in 2012. 39 113th Congress
114th Congress
115th Congress 39 To be determined in the 2016 election.
To be determined in the 2018 election. 40 116th Congress
117th Congress
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Living former U.S. Senators from Connecticut[edit]

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

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Lowell P. Weicker 1971 - 1989 1 (1931-05-16) May 16, 1931 (age 84)
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)

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