List of United States Senators from California

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California elects United States Senators to Class 1 and Class 3. The state has been represented by 44 people in the Senate. Its current Senators are Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, the current senior delegation in the Senate.

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Class 1

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were first elected for only one U.S. Congress in the first elections of 1850, and then the seat was contested again every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years have been contested in 2000, 2006, and 2012. The next election will be in 2018.

Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were first elected for the first three United States Congresses in the first elections of 1850, and then the seat was contested again every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years have been contested in 1998, 2004, and 2010. The next election will be in 2016.

# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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1 JCFrémont.jpg
John C. Frémont
Democratic September 10, 1850 –
March 4, 1851
Elected in 1850. 1 31st Congress 1 Elected in 1850. September 10, 1850 –
March 4, 1855
Democratic WMGwin.jpg
William M. Gwin
1
Vacant March 4, 1851 –
January 30, 1852
Legislature failed to elect. 2 32nd Congress
2 John Weller.jpg
John B. Weller
Democratic January 30, 1852 –
March 4, 1857
Elected late in 1852.

Lost re-election.
33rd Congress
34th Congress 2 Legislature failed to elect. March 4, 1855 –
January 13, 1857
Vacant
Elected late in 1857.

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January 13, 1857 –
March 4, 1861
WMGwin.jpg
William M. Gwin
3 David C. Broderick - Brady-Handy.jpg
David C. Broderick
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
September 16, 1859
Elected in 1856.

Died.
3 35th Congress
36th Congress
Vacant September 16, 1859 –
November 3, 1859
4 Henry Haun.jpg
Henry P. Haun
Democratic November 3, 1859 –
March 4, 1860
Appointed to continue Broderick's term.

Lost election to finish Broderick's term.
5 Latham1.jpg
Milton Latham
Democratic March 5, 1860 –
March 4, 1863
Elected to finish Broderick's term.

Lost re-election.
37th Congress 3 Elected in 1860.

Retired.
March 4, 1861 –
March 4, 1867
Democratic Sen James A McDougall.jpg
James A. McDougall
2
6 John Conness.jpg
John Conness
Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1869
Elected in 1862. 4 38th Congress
39th Congress
40th Congress 4 Elected in 1866.

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March 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1873
Republican CorneliusCole.jpg
Cornelius Cole
3
7 Eugene Casserly - Brady-Handy.jpg
Eugene Casserly
Democratic March 4, 1869 –
November 29, 1873
Elected in 1868.

Resigned.
5 41st Congress
42nd Congress
43rd Congress 5 Elected in 1872.

Retired.
March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
Republican Aaron Augustus Sargent - Brady-Handy.jpg
Aaron A. Sargent
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Vacant November 29, 1873 –
December 23, 1873
8 John S. Hager.jpg
John S. Hager
Democratic December 23, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
Elected to finish Casserly's term.

Retired.
9 Newton Booth - Brady-Handy.jpg
Newton Booth
Anti-Monopoly March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
Elected in 1874.

Retired.
6 44th Congress
45th Congress
46th Congress 6 Elected in 1878.

Retired.
March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
Democratic James T. Farley.jpg
James T. Farley
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10 JFMiller.jpg
John Franklin Miller
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 8, 1886
Elected in 1880.

Died.
7 47th Congress
48th Congress
49th Congress 7 Elected in 1884. March 4, 1885 –
June 21, 1893
Republican LelandStanford.jpg
Leland Stanford
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Vacant March 8, 1886 –
March 23, 1886
11 George Hearst (cropped).jpg
George Hearst
Democratic March 23, 1886 –
August 4, 1886
Appointed to continue Miller's term.

Successor qualified.
12 APWilliams.jpg
Abram P. Williams
Republican August 4, 1886 –
March 4, 1887
Elected to complete Miller's term.

Retired.
13 George Hearst (cropped).jpg
George Hearst
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
February 28, 1891
Elected in 1886.

Died.
8 50th Congress
51st Congress
Vacant February 28, 1891 –
March 19, 1891
 
52nd Congress 8 Re-elected in 1890.

Died.
14 Charles Norton Felton.jpg
Charles N. Felton
Republican March 19, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
Elected to finish Hearst's term.

Retired.
15 StephenMWhite.JPG
Stephen M. White
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
Elected in 1892.

Retired.
9 53rd Congress
  June 21, 1893 –
July 26, 1893
Vacant
Appointed to continue Stanford's term.

Elected to finish Stanford's term.
July 26, 1893 –
March 4, 1915
Republican George Clement Perkins.jpg
George Clement Perkins
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54th Congress
55th Congress 9 Elected to full term in 1896.
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
February 7, 1900
  10 56th Congress
16 Thomas R. Bard.jpg
Thomas R. Bard
Republican February 7, 1900 –
March 4, 1905
Elected late in 1900.

Lost re-election.
57th Congress
58th Congress 10 Re-elected in 1902.
17 Frank Putnam Flint.jpg
Frank P. Flint
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
Elected in 1904.

Retired.
11 59th Congress
60th Congress
61st Congress 11 Re-elected in 1908.

Retired.
18 John Downey Works.jpg
John D. Works
Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1917
Elected in 1910.

Retired.
12 62nd Congress
63rd Congress
64th Congress 12 Elected in 1914.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1921
Democratic James D. Phelan - Mayor of SF 1910.jpg
James D. Phelan
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19 Hiram Johnson.jpg
Hiram Johnson
Republican March 16, 1917 –
August 6, 1945
Elected in 1916. 13 65th Congress
66th Congress
67th Congress 13 Elected in 1920. March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1933
Republican Samuel Morgan Shortridge.jpg
Samuel M. Shortridge
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Re-elected in 1922. 14 68th Congress
69th Congress
70th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1926.

Lost renomination.
Re-elected in 1928. 15 71st Congress
72nd Congress
73rd Congress 15 Elected in 1932.

Lost renomination, then resigned.
March 4, 1933 –
November 8, 1938
Democratic William Gibbs McAdoo, formal photo portrait, 1914.jpg
William Gibbs McAdoo
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Re-elected in 1934. 16 74th Congress
75th Congress
Appointed to finish McAdoo's term.

Retired.
November 9, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
Democratic ThomasMStorke.jpg
Thomas M. Storke
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76th Congress 16 Elected in 1938. January 3, 1939 –
November 30, 1950
Democratic SDowney.jpg
Sheridan Downey
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Re-elected in 1940.

Died.
17 77th Congress
78th Congress
79th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1944.

Ran for re-election, but dropped out of renomination race due to ill health.

Resigned early due to ill health.
Vacant August 6, 1945 –
August 26, 1945
 
20 William F. Knowland headshot.jpg
William F. Knowland
Republican August 26, 1945 –
January 3, 1959
Appointed to continue Johnson's term.

Elected to finish Johnson's term.
Elected to full term in 1946. 18 80th Congress
81st Congress
Appointed to finish Downey's term,
having been elected to the next term.
December 4, 1950 –
January 1, 1953
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Richard Nixon
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82nd Congress 18 Elected in 1950.

Resigned to become Vice President.
  January 1, 1953 –
January 3, 1953
Vacant
Appointed to continue Nixon's term.

Elected to finish Nixon's term.
January 2, 1953 –
January 3, 1969
Republican ThomasKuchel.jpg
Thomas Kuchel
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Re-elected in 1952.

Retired to run for Governor of California.
19 83rd Congress
84th Congress
85th Congress 19 Elected to full term in 1956.
21 Clair Engle.jpg
Clair Engle
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
July 30, 1964
Elected in 1958.

Died.
20 86th Congress
87th Congress
88th Congress 20 Re-elected in 1962.

Lost renomination.
Vacant July 30, 1964 –
August 4, 1964
 
22 PierreSalinger.jpg
Pierre Salinger
Democratic August 4, 1964 –
December 31, 1964
Appointed to continue Engle's term.

Lost election to full term, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
23 GeorgeMurphy.jpg
George Murphy
Republican January 1, 1965 –
January 2, 1971
Appointed to finish Salinger's term, having been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1964.

Lost re-election, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
21 89th Congress
90th Congress
91st Congress 21 Elected in 1968. January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1993
Democratic AlanCranston.jpg
Alan Cranston
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24 JohnTunney.jpg
John V. Tunney
Democratic January 2, 1971 –
January 2, 1977
Appointed to finish Murphy's term, having been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1970.

Lost re-election, then resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
22 92nd Congress
93rd Congress
94th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1974.
25 SIHayakawa.jpg
S. I. Hayakawa
Republican January 2, 1977 –
January 3, 1983
Appointed to finish Tunney's term, having been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1976.

Retired.
23 95th Congress
96th Congress
97th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1980.
26 PeteWilson.jpg
Pete Wilson
Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 7, 1991
Elected in 1982. 24 98th Congress
99th Congress
100th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1986.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1988.

Resigned to become Governor of California.
25 101st Congress
102nd Congress
27 John F Seymour.jpg
John F. Seymour
Republican January 7, 1991 –
November 10, 1992
Appointed to continue Wilson's term.

Lost election to finish Wilson's term.
28 Dianne Feinstein, official Senate photo.jpg
Dianne Feinstein
Democratic November 10, 1992 –
Present
Elected to finish Wilson's term..
103rd Congress 25 Elected in 1992. January 3, 1993 –
Present
Democratic Barbara Boxer 2005.jpg
Barbara Boxer
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Elected to full term in 1994. 26 104th Congress
105th Congress
106th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000. 27 107th Congress
108th Congress
109th Congress 27 Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006. 28 110th Congress
111th Congress
112th Congress 28 Re-elected in 2010.

Retiring in 2016.[citation needed]
Re-elected in 2012. 29 113th Congress
114th Congress
115th Congress 29 To be determined in the 2016 election.
To be determined in the 2018 election. 30 116th Congress
117th Congress
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Living former U.S. Senators from California[edit]

As of April 2015, there are three former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of California who are currently living at this time, all from Class 1.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
John V. Tunney 1971–1977 1 (1934-06-26) June 26, 1934 (age 81)
Pete Wilson 1983–1991 1 (1933-08-23) August 23, 1933 (age 81)
John F. Seymour 1991–1992 1 (1937-12-03) December 3, 1937 (age 77)

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