List of United States Senators in the 110th Congress by seniority

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This is a classification of United States Senate by seniority during the 110th Congress, from January 3, 2007 to January 3, 2009. It is meant as a historical listing and thus contains Senators who have died or left office (such as Senator Thomas and Senator Lott). For a current listing of Senators please go to Seniority in the United States Senate.

Order of service is based on the commencement of the Senator's first term. Behind this is former service as a U.S. Senator (only giving the Senator seniority within his or her new incoming class), service as U.S. Vice President, a House member, a cabinet secretary, a state governor, and then by their state's population, respectively.[1][2][3][4][5]

Senators who were sworn in in the middle of the two-year congressional term (up until the last senator who was not sworn in early after winning the November 2008 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

Rank Name (Party-State) Seniority date Other factors
1 Robert Byrd (D-WV) January 3, 1959
2 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) November 7, 1962
3 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) January 3, 1963
4 Ted Stevens[6] (R-AK) December 24, 1968
5 Pete Domenici[7] (R-NM) January 3, 1973 New Mexico 37th in population (1970)
6 Joe Biden (D-DE) Delaware 46th in population (1970)
7 Patrick Leahy (D-VT) January 3, 1975
8 Richard Lugar (R-IN) January 3, 1977 Indiana 11th in population (1970)
9 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Utah 36th in population (1970)
10 Max Baucus (D-MT) December 15, 1978
11 Thad Cochran (R-MS) December 27, 1978
12 John Warner[7] (R-VA) January 2, 1979
13 Carl Levin (D-MI) January 3, 1979
14 Chris Dodd (D-CT) January 3, 1981 Former Rep (6 years) - Connecticut 24th in population (1970)
15 Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Former Rep (6 years) - Iowa 25th in population (1970)
16 Arlen Specter (R-PA)
17 Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) January 3, 1983
18 John Kerry (D-MA) January 2, 1985
19 Tom Harkin (D-IA) January 3, 1985 Former Rep
20 Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
21 Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) January 15, 1985
22 Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) January 3, 1987 Former Rep (10 years)
23 Richard Shelby (R-AL) Former Rep (8 years)
24 John McCain (R-AZ) Former Rep (4 years) - Arizona 29th in population (1980)
25 Harry Reid (D-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 43rd in population (1980)
26 Kit Bond (R-MO) Former Governor
27 Kent Conrad (D-ND)
28 Trent Lott[8] (R-MS) January 3, 1989 Former Rep
29 Herb Kohl (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th in population (1980)
30 Joe Lieberman[9] (ID-CT) Connecticut 25th in population (1980)
31 Daniel Akaka (D-HI) May 16, 1990
32 Larry Craig[7] (R-ID) January 3, 1991
33 Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) November 10, 1992
34 Byron Dorgan (D-ND) December 15, 1992
35 Barbara Boxer (D-CA) January 3, 1993 Former Rep (10 years)
36 Judd Gregg (R-NH) Former Rep (8 years)
37 Russ Feingold (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th in population (1990)
38 Patty Murray (D-WA) Washington 18th in population (1990)
39 Bob Bennett (R-UT) Utah 35th in population (1990)
40 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) June 14, 1993
41 Jim Inhofe (R-OK) November 17, 1994
42 Olympia Snowe (R-ME) January 3, 1995 Former Rep (16 years)
43 Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Former Rep (8 years)
44 Craig Thomas[10] (R-WY) Former Rep (6 years)
45 Ron Wyden (D-OR) February 6, 1996
46 Sam Brownback (R-KS) November 7, 1996
47 Pat Roberts (R-KS) January 3, 1997 Former Rep (16 years)
48 Richard Durbin (D-IL) Former Rep (14 years)
49 Tim Johnson (D-SD) Former Rep (10 years)
50 Wayne Allard[7] (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years) - Colorado 26th in population (1990)
51 Jack Reed (D-RI) Former Rep (6 years) - Rhode Island 43rd in population (1990)
52 Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Louisiana 21st in population (1990)
53 Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Alabama 22nd in population (1990)
54 Gordon Smith[6] (R-OR) Oregon 29th in population (1990)
55 Chuck Hagel[7] (R-NE) Nebraska 36th in population (1990)
56 Susan Collins (R-ME) Maine 38th in population (1990)
57 Mike Enzi (R-WY) Wyoming 50th in population (1990)
58 Chuck Schumer (D-NY) January 3, 1999 Former Rep (18 years)
59 Jim Bunning (R-KY) Former Rep (12 years)
60 Mike Crapo (R-ID) Former Rep (6 years)
61 Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Former Rep (4 years)
62 George Voinovich (R-OH) Former Governor - Ohio 7th in population (1990)
63 Evan Bayh (D-IN) Former Governor - Indiana 15th in population (1990)
64 Bill Nelson (D-FL) January 3, 2001 Former Rep (12 years)
65 Tom Carper (D-DE) Former Rep (10 years)
66 Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Former Rep (4 years) - Michigan 8th in population (1990)
67 John Ensign (R-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 39th in population (1990)
68 Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Former Rep (2 years)
69 Ben Nelson (D-NE) Former Governor
70 Hillary Clinton (D-NY)
71 Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) December 20, 2002
72 Frank Lautenberg[11] (D-NJ) January 3, 2003 Previously a Senator
73 Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Former Rep (8 years) - Georgia ranked 9th in population (2000)
74 Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Former Rep (8 years) - South Carolina ranked 24th in population (2000)
75 John Sununu[6] (R-NH) Former Rep (6 years)
76 Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Former Cabinet Member, Former Governor
77 Elizabeth Dole[6] (R-NC) Former Cabinet Member
78 John Cornyn[12] (R-TX) Texas ranked 2nd in population
79 Norm Coleman[6] (R-MN) Minnesota ranked 21st in population (2000)
80 Mark Pryor (D-AR) Arkansas ranked 32nd in population (2000)
81 Richard Burr (R-NC) January 3, 2005 Former Rep (10 years)
82 Jim DeMint (R-SC) Former Rep (6 years) - South Carolina ranked 24th in population (2000)
83 Tom Coburn (R-OK) Former Rep (6 years) - Oklahoma ranked 27th in population (2000)
84 John Thune (R-SD) Former Rep (6 years) - South Dakota ranked 46th in population (2000)
85 Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Former Rep (5 years, 10 months)
86 David Vitter (R-LA) Former Rep (5 years, 7 months)
87 Mel Martinez (R-FL) Former Cabinet Member
88 Barack Obama[13] (D-IL) Illinois ranked 5th in population (2000)
89 Ken Salazar (D-CO) Colorado ranked 22nd in population (2000)
90 Bob Menendez (D-NJ) January 18, 2006
91 Ben Cardin (D-MD) January 3, 2007 Former Rep (20 years)
92 Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Former Rep (16 years)
93 Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Former Rep (14 years)
94 Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) Pennsylvania ranked 6th in population (2000)
95 Jim Webb[14] (D-VA) Virginia ranked 12th in population (2000)
96 Bob Corker (R-TN) Tennessee ranked 16th in population (2000)
97 Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Missouri ranked 17th in population (2000)
98 Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Minnesota ranked 21st in population (2000)
99 Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Rhode Island ranked 43rd in population (2000)
100 Jon Tester (D-MT) Montana ranked 44th in population (2000)
John Barrasso (R-WY) June 25, 2007
Roger Wicker (R-MS) December 31, 2007

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. ^ 2000 Census State Population Rankings
  6. ^ a b c d e Defeated in 2008 election.
  7. ^ a b c d e Announced retirement after 2008 election (not running for re-election).
  8. ^ Senator Lott retired on December 18, 2007
  9. ^ Lieberman won re-election as an independent in 2006 and caucuses with the Democratic Party. However, he has chosen to refer to himself as an "Independent Democrat." Despite the party change, Lieberman retains his seniority since there is no break in his Senate service.
  10. ^ Senator Thomas died on June 4, 2007
  11. ^ Frank Lautenberg served a previous term as U.S. Senator from New Jersey from January 1983 to January 2001, but under the rules, does not retain seniority from that prior service. Lautenberg has sought restoration of his seniority based on his prior service, but has not received it."Lieberman says he has been promised seniority" at the Wayback Machine, via HillNews.com
  12. ^ Phil Gramm resigned early, effective November 30, 2002, so that Cornyn could take senate office on December 2, 2002 and move into Gramm's office suite in order to begin organizing his staff. Cornyn did not, however, gain seniority, owing to a 1980 Rules Committee policy that no longer gave seniority to senators who entered Congress early for the purpose of gaining advantageous office space.
  13. ^ Senator Obama resigned on November 16, 2008 after being elected President of the United States
  14. ^ Senator Webb served as Secretary of the Navy; however, that has not been a Cabinet-level position since 1947.

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