List of United States Senators in the 105th Congress by seniority

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This is a classification of United States Senators by seniority during the 105th Congress, from January 3, 1997 to January 3, 1999.

Order of service is based on the commencement of the senator's first term. Behind this is former service as a senator (only giving the Senator seniority within his or her new incoming class), service as Vice President, a House member, a Cabinet secretary, or a state governor. The final factor is the population of the senator's state.[1][2][3][4]

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Name Seniority Date Other Factors
1 Strom Thurmond (R-SC) November 7, 1956
2 Robert Byrd (D-WV) January 3, 1959
3 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) November 7, 1962
4 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) January 3, 1963
5 Ernest Hollings (D-SC) November 9, 1966
6 Ted Stevens (R-AK) December 24, 1968
7 Bill Roth (R-DE) January 1, 1971
8 Jesse Helms (R-NC) January 3, 1973 North Carolina 12th population (1970)
9 Pete Domenici (R-NM) New Mexico 37th population (1970)
10 Joe Biden (D-DE) Delaware 46th population (1970)
11 John Glenn[5] (D-OH) December 24, 1974
12 Wendell H. Ford[5] (D-KY) December 28, 1974
13 Dale Bumpers[5] (D-AR) January 3, 1975 Former Governor
14 Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
15 John Chafee (R-RI) December 29, 1976
16 Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) January 3, 1977 Former Rep
17 Pat Moynihan (D-NY) New York 2nd population (1970)
18 Richard Lugar (R-IN) Indiana 11th population (1970)
19 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Utah 36th population (1970)
20 Max Baucus (D-MT) December 15, 1978
21 Thad Cochran (R-MS) December 27, 1978
22 John Warner (R-VA) January 2, 1979
23 Carl Levin (D-MI) January 3, 1979
24 Chris Dodd (D-CT) January 3, 1981 Former Rep (6 years) - Connecticut 24th population (1970)
25 Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Former Rep (6 years) - Iowa 25th population (1970)
26 Al D'Amato[5] (R-NY) New York 2nd population (1970)
27 Arlen Specter (R-PA) Pennsylvania 3rd population (1970)
28 Don Nickles (R-OK) Oklahoma 27th population (1970)
29 Frank Murkowski (R-AK) Alaska 50th population (1970)
30 Frank Lautenberg[6] (D-NJ) December 27, 1982
31 Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) January 3, 1983
32 John Kerry (D-MA) January 2, 1985
33 Tom Harkin (D-IA) January 3, 1985 Former Rep (10 years)
34 Phil Gramm (R-TX) Former Rep (6 years)
35 Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
36 Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) January 15, 1985
37 John Breaux (D-LA) January 3, 1987 Former Rep (14 years)
38 Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Former Rep (10 years)
39 Richard Shelby (R-AL) Former Rep (8 years) - Alabama 22nd population (1980)
40 Tom Daschle (D-SD) Former Rep (8 years) - South Dakota 45th population (1980)
41 John McCain (R-AZ) Former Rep (4 years) - Arizona 29th population (1980)
42 Harry Reid (D-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 43rd population (1980)
43 Bob Graham (D-FL) Former Governor - Florida 7th population (1980)
44 Kit Bond (R-MO) Former Governor - Missouri 15th population (1980)
45 Kent Conrad (D-ND)
46 Slade Gorton (R-WA) January 3, 1989 Previously a Senator
47 Trent Lott (R-MS) Former Rep (16 Years)
48 Jim Jeffords (R-VT) Former Rep (14 Years)
49 Dan Coats[5] (R-IN) Former Rep (8 Years)
50 Connie Mack (R-FL) Former Rep (6 Years)
51 Chuck Robb (D-VA) Former Governor - Virginia 14th population (1980)
52 Richard Bryan (D-NV) Former Governor - Nevada 43rd population (1980)
53 Bob Kerrey (D-NE) Former Governor - Nebraska 35th population (1980)
54 Herb Kohl (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th population (1980)
55 Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Connecticut 25th population (1980)
56 Conrad Burns (R-MT) Montana 44th population (1980)
57 Daniel Akaka (D-HI) May 16, 1990
58 Bob Smith (R-NH) December 7, 1990
59 Larry Craig (R-ID) January 3, 1991 Former Rep (6 years)
60 Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
61 Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) November 10, 1992
62 Byron Dorgan (D-ND) December 15, 1992
63 Barbara Boxer (D-CA) January 3, 1993 Former Rep (10 years)
64 Judd Gregg (R-NH) Former Rep (8 years) Former Governor
65 Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years)
66 Carol Moseley Braun[5] (D-IL) Illinois 6th population (1990)
67 Lauch Faircloth[5] (R-NC) North Carolina 10th population (1990)
68 Paul Coverdell (R-GA) Georgia 11th population (1990)
69 Russ Feingold (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th population (1990)
70 Patty Murray (D-WA) Washington 18th population (1990)
71 Bob Bennett (R-UT) Utah 35th population (1990)
72 Dirk Kempthorne[5] (R-ID) Idaho 42nd population (1990)
73 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) June 14, 1993
74 Jim Inhofe (R-OK) November 17, 1994
75 Fred Thompson (R-TN) December 2, 1994
76 Olympia Snowe (R-ME) January 3, 1995 Former Rep (16 years)
77 Mike DeWine (R-OH) Former Rep (8 years) - Ohio 7th population (1990)
78 Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Former Rep (8 years) - Arizona 24th population (1990)
79 Craig Thomas (R-WY) Former Rep (6 years)
80 Rick Santorum (R-PA) Former Rep (4 years)
81 Rod Grams (R-MN) Former Rep (2 years)
82 John Ashcroft (R-MO) Former Governor
83 Spencer Abraham (R-MI) Michigan 8th population (1990)
84 Bill Frist (R-TN) Tennessee 17th population (1990)
85 Ron Wyden (D-OR) February 6, 1996
86 Sam Brownback (R-KS) November 7, 1996
87 Pat Roberts (R-KS) January 3, 1997 Former Rep (16 years)
88 Richard Durbin (D-IL) Former Rep (14 years)
89 Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) Former Rep (13 years)
90 Tim Johnson (D-SD) Former Rep (10 years)
91 Wayne Allard (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years) - Colorado 26th population (1990)
92 Jack Reed (D-RI) Former Rep (6 years) - Rhode Island 43rd population (1990)
93 Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) Former Rep (4 years)
94 Max Cleland (D-GA) Georgia 11th population (1990)
95 Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Louisiana 21st population (1990)
96 Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Alabama 22nd population (1990)
97 Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) Oregon 29th population (1990)
98 Chuck Hagel (R-NE) Nebraska 36th population (1990)
99 Susan Collins (R-ME) Maine 38th population (1990)
100 Mike Enzi (R-WY) Wyoming 50th population (1990)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via www.Senate.gov
  2. ^ 1971 U.S Census Report Contains 1970 Census results.
  3. ^ 1981 U.S Census Report Contains 1980 Census results.
  4. ^ 1991 U.S Census Report Contains 1990 Census results.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Retired or defeated in 1998 Election
  6. ^ Senator Lautenberg returned to the Senate in 2003 but cannot regain his previous seniority according to Senate Rules.

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