United States Senate elections, 1928

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United States Senate elections, 1928
United States
1926 ←
November 6, 1928
→ 1930

35 of the 96 seats in the U.S. Senate
  Majority party Minority party
  James Eli Watson.jpg Joseph t robinson.jpg
Leader James Watson Joseph Robinson
Party Republican Democratic
Leader's seat Indiana Arkansas
Last election 48 seats 46 seats
Seats won 56 39
Seat change Increase 8 Decrease 7

  Third party
Party Farmer-Labor
Last election 1 seat
Seats before 1
Seats won 1
Seat change Steady

US 1928 senate election map.svg

  Republican hold
  Republican gain
  Democratic hold
  Democratic gain
  Farmer-Labor hold

Majority Leader before election

Charles Curtis

Elected Majority Leader

James Watson

The U.S. Senate election, 1928 was an election which coincided with the election of Republican Herbert Hoover as President. The strong economy helped the Republicans to gain seven seats from the Democrats.

Composition before and after elections[edit]

70th Congress Senate Composition   71st Congress Senate Composition
Color Key:   = Republican   = Democratic   = Farmer-Labor   = vacant

Gains and losses[edit]

The Republicans took open seats in Connecticut and Missouri, and defeated five incumbents:

  1. Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. (D-DE)
  2. William Cabell Bruce (D-MD)
  3. Edward I. Edwards (D-NJ)
  4. Peter G. Gerry (D-RI)
  5. Matthew M. Neely (D-WV)

Race summary[edit]

State Incumbent Party Result Candidates
Arizona Henry F. Ashurst Democratic Re-elected Henry F. Ashurst (Democratic) 54.3%
Ralph H. Cameron (Republican) 45.7%
California Hiram W. Johnson Republican Re-elected Hiram W. Johnson (Republican) 74.1%
Minor Moore (Democratic) 18.2%
Charles Hiram Randall (Independent) 5.9%
Connecticut George P. McLean Republican Retired
Republican hold
Frederic C. Walcott (Republican) 53.9%
Augustine Lonergan (Democratic) 45.6%
Delaware Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
John G. Townsend, Jr. (Republican) 61.0%
Thomas F. Bayard, Jr. (Democratic) 39.1%
Florida Park Trammell Democratic Re-elected Park Trammell (Democratic) 68.5%
Barclay H. Warburton (Republican) 31.5%
(Special class 3)
John W. Thomas Republican Appointee elected to finish term ending March 4, 1933. John W. Thomas (Republican) 62.6%
Chase A. Clark (Democratic) 36.7%
(Special class 3)
Vacant Vacant 1926 Senator-elect Frank L. Smith (R) had been disqualified and resigned February 9, 1928.[1]
The winner elected to finish the term ending March 4, 1933.
Republican gain
Otis F. Glenn (Republican) 54.5%
Anton Cermak (Democratic) 44.9%
Indiana Arthur Raymond Robinson Republican Re-elected Arthur Raymond Robinson (Republican) 55.3%
Albert Stump (Democratic) 44.1%
Maine Frederick Hale Republican Re-elected Frederick Hale (Republican) 69.6%
Herbert E. Holmes (Democratic) 30.4%
Maryland William Cabell Bruce Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Phillips Lee Goldsborough (Republican) 54.1%
William Cabell Bruce (Democratic) 45.2%
Massachusetts David I. Walsh Democratic Appointee elected to full term. David I. Walsh (Democratic) 53.6%
Benjamin Loring Young (Republican) 45.5%
Michigan Arthur H. Vandenberg Republican Re-elected Arthur H. Vandenberg (Republican) 71.8%
John W. Bailey (Democratic) 27.7%
Minnesota Henrik Shipstead Farmer-Labor Re-elected Henrik Shipstead (Republican) 65.4%
Arthur E. Nelson (Republican) 33.7%
Mississippi Hubert D. Stephens Democratic Re-elected Hubert D. Stephens (Democratic) Unopposed
Missouri James A. Reed Democratic Retired
Republican gain
Roscoe C. Patterson (Republican) 51.9%
Charles M. Hay (Democratic) 47.9%
Montana Burton K. Wheeler Democratic Re-elected Burton K. Wheeler (Democratic) 53.2%
Joseph M. Dixon (Republican) 46.8%
Nebraska Robert B. Howell Republican Re-elected Robert B. Howell (Republican) 61.3%
Richard L. Metcalfe (Democratic) 38.7%
Nevada Key Pittman Democratic Re-elected Key Pittman (Democratic) 59.3%
Samuel Platt (Republican) 40.7%
New Jersey Edward I. Edwards Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Hamilton F. Kean (Republican) 57.9%
Edward I. Edwards (Democratic) 41.8%
New Mexico Bronson M. Cutting Republican Re-elected Bronson M. Cutting (Republican) 57.7%
Jethro S. Vaught (Democratic) 42.3%
New York Royal S. Copeland Democratic Re-elected Royal S. Copeland (Democratic) 49.1%
Alanson B. Houghton (Republican) 47.9%
North Dakota Lynn J. Frazier Republican Re-elected Lynn J. Frazier (Republican) 79.6%
F. F. Burchard (Democratic) 19.4%
Ohio Simeon D. Fess Republican Re-elected Simeon D. Fess (Republican) 60.7%
Charles V. Truax (Democratic) 39.1%
(Special class 3)
Cyrus Locher Democratic Appointee lost nomination to finish term.
Winner elected to finish term ending March 4, 1933.
Republican gain
Theodore E. Burton (Republican) 62.4%
Graham P. Hunt (Democratic) 37.4%
Pennsylvania David A. Reed Republican Re-elected David A. Reed (Republican) 64.4%
William N. McNair (Democratic) 34.0%
Rhode Island Peter G. Gerry Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Felix Hebert (Republican) 50.6%
Peter G. Gerry (Democratic) 49.3%
Tennessee Kenneth D. McKellar Democratic Re-elected Kenneth D. McKellar (Democratic) 59.3%
J. A. Fowler (Republican) 40.7%
Texas Earle Bradford Mayfield Democratic Lost renomination
Democratic hold
Tom Connally (Democratic) 81.2%
T. M. Kennerly (Republican) 18.7%
Utah William H. King Democratic Re-elected William H. King (Democratic) 55.5%
Ernest Bamberger (Republican) 43.9%
Vermont Frank L. Greene Republican Re-elected Frank L. Greene (Republican) 71.6%
Fred C. Martin (Democratic) 28.5%
Virginia Claude A. Swanson Democratic Re-elected Claude A. Swanson, 99.8%
Washington Clarence C. Dill Democratic Re-elected Clarence C. Dill (Democratic) 53.4%
Kenneth Mackintosh (Republican) 46.5%
Alex Noral (Workers (Communist) Party) 0.1%
West Virginia Matthew M. Neely Democratic Lost re-election
Republican gain
Henry D. Hatfield (Republican) 50.7%
Matthew M. Neely (Democratic) 49.2%
Wisconsin Robert M. La Follette, Jr. Republican Re-elected Robert M. La Follette, Jr. (Republican) 85.6%
William H. Markham (Independent) 11.0%
David W. Emerson (Prohibitionist) 2.9%
Wyoming John B. Kendrick Democratic Re-elected John B. Kendrick (Democratic) 53.5%
Charles E. Winter (Republican) 46.1%

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SMITH, Frank Leslie - Biographical Information". Bioguide.congress.gov. Retrieved 2013-12-27.