List of United States Senators in the 87th Congress by seniority

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This is a classification of United States Senators by seniority during the 87th Congress, from January 3, 1961 to January 3, 1963.

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 governor of a state. The final factor is the population of the senator's state.[1][2][3]`

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 1962 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Name Seniority Date Other Factors
1 Carl Hayden (D-AZ) March 4, 1927
2 Richard Russell, Jr. (D-GA) January 12, 1933
3 Harry F. Byrd Sr. (D-VA) March 4, 1933
4 Dennis Chavez[4] (D-NM) May 11, 1935
5 Styles Bridges[5] (R-NH) January 3, 1937 Former Governor
6 Allen J. Ellender (D-LA)
7 Joseph Hill (D-AL) January 11, 1938
8 Alexander Wiley[4] (R-WI) January 3, 1939
9 George Aiken (R-VT) January 10, 1941
10 James Eastland (D-MS) January 3, 1943 Previously A Senator
11 John Little McClellan (D-AR)
12 Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA) December 14, 1944
13 J. William Fulbright (D-AR) January 3, 1945 Former Rep (2 Years)
14 Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R-IA) Former Governor, Iowa 20th Population (1940)
15 Olin D. Johnston (D-SC) Former Governor, South Carolina 26th Population (1940)
16 Homer E. Capehart[4] (R-IN) Indiana 12th Population (1940)
17 Wayne Morse (D-OR) Oregon 34th Population (1940)
18 Leverett Saltonstall (R-MA) January 10, 1945
19 Milton Young (R-ND) March 12, 1945
20 Spessard Holland (D-FL) September 24, 1946
21 A. Willis Robertson (D-VA) November 6, 1946 Former Rep (13 Years, 10 Months)
22 John Sparkman (D-AL) Former Rep (9 Years, 10 Months)
23 John J. Williams (R-DE) January 3, 1947
24 John C. Stennis (D-MS) November 17, 1947
25 Karl Mundt (R-SD) December 31, 1948 Former Rep (9 Years)
26 Russell B. Long (D-LA)
27 Estes Kefauver (D-TN) January 3, 1949 Former Rep (10 Years)
28 Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) Former Rep (8 Years, 7 Months)
29 Clinton Anderson (D-NM) Former Cabinet Secretary
30 Andrew F. Schoeppel [6] (R-KS) Former Governor, Kansas 29th Population (1940)
31 Robert S. Kerr [7] (D-OK) Former Governor, Oklahoma 22nd Population (1940)
32 Paul Douglas (D-IL) Illinois 3rd Population (1940)
33 Hubert Humphrey (D-MN) Minnesota 18th Population (1940)
34 Henry Dworshak[8] (R-ID) October 14, 1949
35 Frank Carlson (R-KS) November 27, 1950
36 John O. Pastore (D-RI) December 19, 1950
37 Everett Dirksen (R-IL) January 3, 1951 Former Rep (16 Years)
38 Francis H. Case[9] (R-SD) Former Rep (14 Years)
39 Almer Monroney (D-OK) Former Rep (12 years)
40 George Smathers (D-FL) Former Rep (4 Years)
41 John M. Butler[4] (R-MD) Maryland 28th Population (1940)
42 Wallace F. Bennett (R-UT) Utah 40th Population (1940)
43 Prescott Bush[4] (R-CT) November 5, 1952
44 Thomas Kuchel (R-CA) January 2, 1953
45 Albert Gore, Sr. (D-TN) January 3, 1953 Former Rep (14 Years)
46 Henry M. Jackson (D-WA) Former Rep (12 Years)
47 James Glenn Beall (D-MD) Former Rep (10 Years), Maryland 28th Population (1950)
48 Mike Mansfield (D-MT) Former Rep (10 Years), Montana 42nd Population (1950)
49 Stuart Symington (D-MO) Missouri 12th Population (1950)
50 Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) Arizona 37th Population (1950)
51 Sam Ervin (D-NC) June 5, 1954
52 Norris Cotton (R-NH) November 8, 1954 Former Rep (7 Years, 10 Months)
53 Roman Hruska (R-NE) Former Rep (1 Year, 10 Months)
54 Alan Bible (D-NV) December 2, 1954
55 Carl Curtis (R-NE) January 1, 1955
56 Clifford P. Case (R-NJ) January 3, 1955 Former Rep (8 Years)
57 Patrick V. McNamara (D-MI) Maryland 24th Population (1950)
58 Gordon L. Allott (R-CO) Colorado 32nd Population (1950)
59 John Sherman Cooper (R-KY) November 7, 1956 Previously A Senator (twice) (total tenure 4 Years, 4 Months)
60 Strom Thurmond (D-SC) Previously A Senator (1 Year, 3 Months)
61 Thruston Ballard Morton (R-KY) January 3, 1957 Former Rep (6 Years)
62 John A. Carroll[4] (D-CO) Former Rep (4 Years)
63 Frank J. Lausche (D-OH) Former Governor, Ohio 5th Population (1950)
64 Herman Talmadge (D-GA) Former Governor, Georgia 13th Population (1950)
65 Joseph S. Clark (D-PA) Pennsylvania 3rd Population (1950)
66 Frank Church (D-ID) Idaho 43rd Population (1950)
67 Jacob K. Javits (R-NY) January 9, 1957
68 Ralph Yarborough (D-TX) April 29, 1957
69 William Proxmire (D-WI) August 28, 1957
70 Ben Jordan (D-NC) April 19, 1958
71 Jennings Randolph (D-WV) November 5, 1958
72 Hugh Scott (D-PA) January 3, 1959 Former Rep (18 Years)
73 Clair Engle (D-CA) Former Rep (15 Years, 4 Months)
74 Kenneth Keating (D-NY) Former Rep (12 Years)
75 Eugene McCarthy (D-MN) Former Rep (10 Years)
76 Stephen Young (D-OH) Former Rep (8 Years), Ohio 5th Population (1950)
77 Winston L. Prouty (R-VT) Former Rep (8 Years), Vermont 46th Population (1950)
78 Robert Byrd (D-WV) Former Rep (6 years)
79 Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ) Former Rep (4 years), New Jersey 8th Population (1950)
80 Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) Former Rep (4 years), Connecticut 34th Population (1950)
81 Edward L. Bartlett (D-AK) Former Delegate
82 Edmund Muskie (D-ME) Former Governor, Maine 35th Population (1950)
83 Ernest Gruening (D-AK) Former Territorial Governor, Alaska 50th Population (1950)
84 Philip Hart (D-MI) Michigan 7th Population (1950)
85 Vance Hartke (D-IN) Indiana 11th Population (1950)
86 Frank Moss (D-UT) Utah 38th Population (1950)
87 Gale W. McGee (D-WY) Wyoming 48th Population (1950)
88 Howard Cannon (D-NV) Nevada 49th Population (1950)
89 Oren E. Long[4] (D-HI) August 21, 1959 Former Territorial Governor
90 Hiram Fong (R-HI)
91 Quentin Northrup Burdick (D-ND) August 8, 1960
92 Edward V. Long (D-MO) September 23, 1960
93 Maurine Neuberger (D-OR) November 9, 1960
94 Benjamin A. Smith II[4] (D-MA) December 27, 1960
95 William A. Blakley[10] (D-TX) January 3, 1961 Previously A Senator
96 Lee Metcalf (D-MT) Former Rep (8 years)
97 James Boggs (R-DE) Former Rep (6 Years)
98 John J. Hickey[4] (D-WY) Former Governor
99 Jack Miller (R-IA) Iowa 22nd Population (1950)
100 Claiborne Pell (D-RI) Rhode Island 36th Population (1950)
John Tower (R-TX) June 15, 1961
Maurice J. Murphy, Jr.[4] (R-NH) December 7, 1961
James B. Pearson (R-KS) January 31, 1962
Joseph H. Bottum[4] (R-SD) July 9, 1962
Leonard B. Jordan (R-ID) August 6, 1962

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via www.Senate.gov
  2. ^ 1941 U.S Census Report Contains 1940 Census results
  3. ^ 1951 U.S Census Report Contains 1950 Census results
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Retired or defeated after 1962 Election
  5. ^ Senator Bridges died on November 26, 1961
  6. ^ Senator Schoeppel died on January 21, 1962
  7. ^ Senator Kerr died on January 1, 1963
  8. ^ Senator Dworshak died on July 23, 1962
  9. ^ Senator Case died on June 23, 1962
  10. ^ Senator Blakley lost a special, off year election and stepped down on June 14, 1961

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