List of United States Senators from Montana

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Montana was admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889, and elects senators to Classes 1 and 2. Its current senators are Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines.

Class 1[edit]

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 Sanders2.jpg Wilbur F. Sanders Republican January 1, 1890 –
March 3, 1893
51st 1 Elected in 1889.

Lost re-election.
52nd
Vacant March 3, 1893 –
January 16, 1895
53rd 2 Legislature failed to elect.
2 Lee Mantle U.S. Senator from Montana (1895) by James Presley Ball (Detail).jpg Lee Mantle Republican January 16, 1895 –
March 4, 1899
Appointed to fill vacant term
Elected to finish vacant term.

Lost renomination.
54th
55th
3 Waclark.jpg William A. Clark Democratic March 4, 1899 –
May 15, 1900
56th 3 Elected in 1899.

Resigned to avoid claim of election fraud.
Vacant May 15, 1900 –
March 7, 1901
56th Clark was appointed to continue his vacant term,
but did not qualify.

57th.

4 Paris Gibson.jpg Paris Gibson Democratic March 7, 1901 –
March 4, 1905
Elected to finish Clark's term.[1][2]

Retired.
58th
5 Portrait of Thomas H. Carter Thomas H. Carter Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
59th 4 Elected in 1904.

Retired.
60th
61st
6 HenrymyersMT.jpg Henry L. Myers Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1923
62nd 5 Elected in 1910.
63rd
64th
65th 6 Re-elected in 1916.

Retired.
66th
67th
7 Senator Burton Kendall Wheeler.jpg Burton K. Wheeler Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1947
68th 7 Elected in 1922.
69th
70th
71st 8 Re-elected in 1928.
72nd
73rd
74th 9 Re-elected in 1934.
75th
76th
77th 10 Re-elected in 1940.

Lost renomination.
78th
79th
8 Zales Nelson Ecton.jpg Zales Ecton Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1953
80th 11 Elected in 1946.

Lost re-election.
81st
82nd
9 Michael Joseph Mansfield.jpg Mike Mansfield Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1977
83rd 12 Elected in 1952.[3]
84th
85th
86th 13 Re-elected in 1958.
87th
88th
89th 14 Re-elected in 1964.
90th
91st
92nd 15 Re-elected in 1970.

Retired.
93rd
94th
10 John Melcher.jpg John Melcher Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1989
95th 16 Elected in 1976.
96th
97th
98th 17 Re-elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
99th
100th
11 Conrad Burns official portrait.jpg Conrad Burns Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2007
101st 18 Elected in 1988.
102nd
103rd
104th 19 Re-elected in 1994.
105th
106th
107th 20 Re-elected in 2000.

Lost re-election.
108th
109th
12 Jon Tester, official 110th Congress photo.jpg Jon Tester Democratic January 3, 2007 –
Present
110th 21 Elected in 2006.
111th
112th
113th 22 Re-elected in 2012.
114th
115th
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Class 2[edit]

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 ThomasCPower.jpg Thomas C. Power Republican January 2, 1890 –
March 4, 1895
51st 1 Elected in 1889.

Retired.
52nd
53rd
2 Thomas Henry Carter cph.3b27384.jpg Thomas H. Carter Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1901
54th 2 Elected in 1895.

Retired.
55th
56th
3 Waclark.jpg William A. Clark Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
57th 3 Elected in 1901.

Retired.
58th
59th
4 JosephMDixon.jpg Joseph M. Dixon Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
60th 4 Elected in 1907.

Lost re-election as a Progressive. .
61st
62nd
5 Thomas James Walsh2.jpg Thomas J. Walsh Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 2, 1933
63rd 5 Elected in 1913.
64th
65th
66th 6 Re-elected in 1918.
67th
68th
69th 7 Re-elected in 1924.
70th
71st
72nd 8 Re-elected in 1930.

Died.[4]
Vacant March 2, 1933 –
March 13, 1933
73rd
6 John Erickson.jpg John E. Erickson Democratic March 13, 1933 –
November 6, 1934
Self-appointed to continue Walsh's term.

Lost nomination to finish Walsh's term.
7 James Edward Murray.jpg James E. Murray Democratic November 7, 1934 –
January 3, 1961
Elected to finish Walsh's term.[5]
74th
75th 9 Elected to full term in 1936.
76th
77th
78th 10 Re-elected in 1942.
79th
80th
81st 11 Re-elected in 1948.
82nd
83rd
84th 12 Re-elected in 1954.

Retired.
85th
86th
8 Lee Warren METCALF.jpg Lee Metcalf Democratic January 3, 1961 –
January 12, 1978
87th 13 Elected in 1960.[6]
88th
89th
90th 14 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
92nd
93rd 15 Re-elected in 1972.

Died.
94th
95th
Vacant January 12, 1978 –
January 22, 1978
9 Paul G. Hatfield.jpg Paul G. Hatfield Democratic January 22, 1978 –
December 12, 1978
Appointed to finish Metcalf's term.

Lost nomination to full term.
Resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
Vacant December 12, 1978 –
December 15, 1978
10 Max S Baucus.jpg Max Baucus Democratic December 15, 1978 –
February 6, 2014
Appointed early to finish Hatfield's term,
having already been elected to the next term.[7]
96th 16 Elected in 1978.
97th
98th
99th 17 Re-elected in 1984.
100th
101st
102nd 18 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd
104th
105th 19 Re-elected in 1996.
106th
107th
108th 20 Re-elected in 2002.
109th
110th
111th 21 Re-elected in 2008

Resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to China.
112th
113th
Vacant February 6, 2014 –
February 9, 2014
11 John Walsh, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg John Walsh Democratic February 9, 2014 –
January 3, 2015
Appointed to finish Baucus's term.

Withdrew from nomination.
12 Steve Daines official Senate portrait.jpg Steve Daines Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
114th 22 Elected in 2014.
115th
116th
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

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

As of April 2015, there are four former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of Montana that are currently living, two from Class 1 and two from Class 2.

Senator Term of office (Congressional years as a congressmen/women/senators while in office) Class Date of birth (and age)
John Melcher 1977 - 1989 1 (1924-09-06) September 6, 1924 (age 90)
Max Baucus 1978 - 2014 2 (1941-12-11) December 11, 1941 (age 73)
Conrad Burns 1989 - 2007 1 (1935-01-25) January 25, 1935 (age 80)
John Walsh 2014 - 2015 2 (1960-11-03) November 3, 1960 (age 54)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Paris Gibson". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gibson, Paris, (1830 - 1920)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Mike Mansfield". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Thomas J. Walsh". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. James E. Murray". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Lee Metcalf". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Max Baucus". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 

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