United States Senate elections, 1962

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United States Senate elections, 1962
United States
1960 ←
November 6, 1962 → 1964

39 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate
51 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
  Mike mansfield.jpg Everett dirksen painting.jpg
Leader Mike Mansfield Everett Dirksen
Party Democratic Republican
Leader's seat Montana Illinois
Last election 64 seats 36 seats
Seats before 63 37
Seats won 66 34
Seat change Increase 3 Decrease 3
Popular vote 20,832,503 20,245,509
Percentage 50.4% 49.0%
Swing Decrease 4.7% Increase 4.8%

Us 1962 senate election map.svg

  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain

Majority Leader before election

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

Elected Majority Leader

Mike Mansfield
Democratic

The U.S. Senate election, 1962 was an election for the United States Senate which was held in the middle of President John F. Kennedy's term. His Democratic Party made a net gain of three seats from the Republicans, increasing their control of the Senate.

Change in Senate composition[edit]

Senate composition before the elections[edit]

D10 D9 D8 D7 D6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1
D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20
D30 D29 D28 D27 D26 D25 D24 D23 D22 D21
D31 D32 D33 D34 D35 D36 D37 D38 D39 D40
D50 D49 D48 D47 D46 D45 D44 D43 D42 D41
D51 ← Majority
D52 D53 D54 D55 D56 D57 D58 D59 D60
R31 R32 R33 R34 R35 R36 D64 D63 D62 D61
R30 R29 R28 R27 R26 R25 R24 R23 R22 R21
R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1

Senate composition as a result of the elections[edit]

D10 D9 D8 D7 D6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1
D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20
D30 D29 D28 D27 D26 D25 D24 D23 D22 D21
D31 D32 D33 D34 D35 D36 D37 D38 D39 D40
D50 D49 D48 D47 D46 D45 D44 D43 D42 D41
D51 ← Majority
D52 D53 D54 D55 D56 D57 D58 D59 D60
R31O R32O D68+ D67+ D66+ D65+ D64+ D63+ D62O D61O
R30 R29 R28 R27 R26 R25 R24 R23 R22 R21
R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1

Senate composition at the beginning of the next Congress[edit]

D10 D9 D8 D7 D6 D5 D4 D3 D2 D1
D11 D12 D13 D14 D15 D16 D17 D18 D19 D20
D30 D29 D28 D27 D26 D25 D24 D23 D22 D21
D31 D32 D33 D34 D35 D36 D37 D38 D39 D40
D50 D49 D48 D47 D46 D45 D44 D43 D42 D41
D51 ← Majority
D52 D53 D54 D55 D56 D57 D58 D59 D60
R31 R32 R33 D67 D66 D65 D64 D63 D62 D61
R30 R29 R28 R27 R26 R25 R24 R23 R22 R21
R11 R12 R13 R14 R15 R16 R17 R18 R19 R20
R10 R9 R8 R7 R6 R5 R4 R3 R2 R1
  • R33 (New Mexico seat):
    A Democrat (who was not up for election) died before the next Congress.
    A Republican was appointed in his place.
Key:
D Democratic
R Republican
 
Incumbent re-elected or appointee elected to finish term
O Party hold: New senator elected from same party
+ Party gain: New senator elected from different party

Retirements[edit]

Through open seats due to retirements, Democrats gained two seats.

Democratic seats held by Democrats[edit]

  1. Hawaii: Oren E. Long (D) was replaced by Daniel Inouye (D).
  2. Massachusetts (Class 1): Appointee Benjamin A. Smith (D) was replaced by Ted Kennedy (D)

Republicans replaced by Democrats[edit]

  1. Connecticut: Prescott Bush (R) was replaced by Abraham Ribicoff (D)
  2. Maryland: John M. Butler (R) was replaced by Daniel B. Brewster (D)

Losing incumbents[edit]

Democrats had a net gain of two seats in election upsets.

Democrats lost to Republicans[edit]

  1. Colorado : John A. Carroll (D) lost to Peter H. Dominick (R)
  2. Wyoming (Class 2): Appointee John J. Hickey (D) lost to Milward Simpson (R)

Republicans lost to Democrats[edit]

  1. Indiana: Homer E. Capehart (R) lost to Birch Bayh (D)
  2. New Hampshire (Class 2): Appointee Maurice J. Murphy, Jr. (R) lost renomination to Perkins Bass (R). Bass lost the general election to Thomas J. McIntyre (D).
  3. South Dakota: Appointee Joseph H. Bottum (R) lost to George S. McGovern (D)
  4. Wisconsin: Alexander Wiley (R) lost to Gaylord Nelson (D)

Other changes[edit]

The Democrats' four-seat net gain was reduced by one seat between the election and the next Congress.

  1. New Mexico: On November 18, 1962, Democrat Dennis Chavez, who was not up for election that year, died. He was replaced on November 30, 1962 by Republican appointee Edwin L. Mechem.

Subsequent changes[edit]

  • September 16, 1964: South Carolina — Strom Thurmond switched parties from Democratic to Republican.

Summary of all contests[edit]

Bold states indicates link to election article.

Bold candidates indicates winner.

State Incumbent Senator Incumbent Party Result Other candidates
Alabama Lister Hill Democratic Re-elected Lister Hill (Democratic) 50.9%
James D. Martin (Republican) 49.1%
Alaska Ernest Gruening Democratic Re-elected Ernest Gruening (Democratic) 58.1%
Ted Stevens (Republican) 41.9%
Arizona Carl Hayden Democratic Re-elected Carl Hayden (Democratic) 54.9%
Evan Mecham (Republican) 45.1%
Arkansas J. William Fulbright Democratic Re-elected J. William Fulbright (Democratic) 68.7%
Kenneth Jones (Republican) 31.3%
California Thomas H. Kuchel Republican Re-elected Thomas H. Kuchel (Republican) 56.3%
Richard Richards (Democratic) 43.4%
Colorado John A. Carroll Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Peter H. Dominick (Republican) 53.6%
John A. Carroll (Democratic) 45.6%
Connecticut Prescott S. Bush Republican Retired
Democratic gain
Abraham A. Ribicoff (Democratic) 51.3%
Horace Seely-Brown (Republican) 48.8%
Florida George A. Smathers Democratic Re-elected George A. Smathers (Democratic) 70.0%
Emerson Rupert (Republican) 30.0%
Georgia Herman E. Talmadge Democratic Re-elected, unopposed Herman E. Talmadge
Hawaii Oren E. Long Democratic Retired
Democratic hold
Daniel K. Inouye (Democratic) 69.4%
Ben Dillingham (Republican) 30.6%
Idaho Frank Church Democratic Re-elected Frank Church (Democratic) 54.7%
Jack Hawley (Republican) 45.3%
Idaho
Special: Class 2
Len Jordan Republican Appointee elected to finish term Len Jordan (Republican) 51.0%
Gracie Pfost (Democratic) 49.0%
Illinois Everett M. Dirksen Republican Re-elected Everett M. Dirksen (Republican) 52.9%
Sidney R. Yates (Democratic) 47.1%
Indiana Homer E. Capehart Republican Lost re-election
Democratic gain
Birch Bayh (Democratic) 50.3%
Homer E. Capehart (Republican) 49.7%
Iowa Bourke B. Hickenlooper Republican Re-elected Bourke B. Hickenlooper (Republican) 53.4%
E. B. Smith (Democratic) 46.6%
Kansas Frank Carlson Republican Re-elected Frank Carlson (Republican) 62.4%
K. L. Smith (Democratic) 35.9%
Kansas
Special: Class 2
James B. Pearson Republican Appointee elected to finish term James B. Pearson (Republican) 56.2%
Paul L. Aylward (Democratic) 42.5%
Kentucky Thruston B. Morton Republican Re-elected Thruston Morton (Republican) 52.8%
Wilson W. Wyatt (Democratic) 47.2%
Louisiana Russell B. Long Democratic Re-elected Russell B. Long (Democratic) 75.6%
Taylor W. O'Hearn (Republican) 24.4%
Maryland John M. Butler Republican Retired
Democratic gain
Daniel B. Brewster (Democratic) 62.0%
Edward T. Miller (Republican) 38.0%
Massachusetts
Special: Class 1
Benjamin A. Smith Democratic Appointee retired
Democratic hold
Edward M. Kennedy (Democratic) 55.4%
George C. Lodge (Republican) 41.9%
Missouri Edward V. Long Democratic Re-elected Edward V. Long (Democratic) 54.6%
Crosby Kemper (Republican) 45.4%
Nevada Alan Bible Democratic Re-elected Alan Bible (Democratic) 65.3%
William B. Wright (Republican) 34.7%
New Hampshire Norris Cotton Republican Re-elected Norris Cotton (Republican) 59.7%
Alfred Catalfo, Jr. (Democratic) 40.3%
New Hampshire
Special: Class 2
Maurice J. Murphy, Jr. Republican Appointee lost nomination to finish term
Democratic gain
Thomas J. McIntyre (Democratic) 52.3%
Perkins Bass (Republican) 47.7%
New York Jacob K. Javits Republican Re-elected Jacob K. Javits (Republican) 57.4%
James B. Donovan (Democratic) 40.1%
North Carolina Sam J. Ervin, Jr. Democratic Re-elected Sam J. Ervin, Jr. (Democratic) 60.5%
Claude L. Greene, Jr. (Republican) 39.6%
North Dakota Milton R. Young Republican Re-elected Milton R. Young (Republican) 60.7%
William Lanier (Democratic) 39.4%
Ohio Frank J. Lausche Democratic Re-elected Frank J. Lausche (Democratic) 61.6%
John M. Briley (Republican) 38.4%
Oklahoma A. S. Mike Monroney Democratic Re-elected A. S. Mike Monroney (Democratic) 53.2%
B. Hayden Crawford (Republican) 46.3%
Oregon Wayne Morse Democratic Re-elected Wayne Morse (Democratic) 54.2%
Sig Unander (Republican) 45.8%
Pennsylvania Joseph S. Clark Democratic Re-elected Joseph S. Clark (Democratic) 51.1%
James E. Van Zandt (Republican) 48.7%
South Carolina Olin B. Johnston Democratic Re-elected Olin B. Johnston (Democratic) 57.2%
W. D. Workman, Jr. (Republican) 42.8%
South Dakota Joseph H. Bottum Republican Lost re-election
Democratic gain
George S. McGovern (Democratic) 50.1%
Joseph H. Bottum (Republican) 49.9%
Utah Wallace F. Bennett Republican Re-elected Wallace F. Bennett (Republican) 52.4%
David S. King (Democratic) 47.6%
Vermont George D. Aiken Republican Re-elected George D. Aiken (Republican) 66.9%
W. Robert Johnson (Democratic) 33.1%
Washington Warren G. Magnuson Democratic Re-elected Warren G. Magnuson (Democratic) 52.1%
Richard G. Christensen (Republican) 47.3%
Wisconsin Alexander Wiley Republican Lost re-election
Democratic gain
Gaylord Nelson (Democratic) 52.6%
Alexander Wiley (Republican) 47.2%
Wyoming
Special: Class 2
John J. Hickey Democratic Appointee lost election to finish term
Republican gain
Milward Simpson (Republican) 57.8%
John J. Hickey (Democratic) 42.2%

See also[edit]