List of United States Senators from Florida

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Current delegation
Nelson
Senator Bill Nelson
(D)
Rubio
Senator Marco Rubio
(R)
Florida's current U.S. Senators since January 3, 2011

Florida was admitted to the Union on March 3, 1845, and elects its senators to Class 1 and Class 3. Florida's Senate seats were declared vacant in March 1861, due to its secession from the Union. They were again filled since July 1868. Its current senators are Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R).

List of Senators[edit]

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for three U.S. Congress in the first elections of 1845, and then the seat was contested again every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years has been contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. The next election will be in 2018.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for two United States Congresses in the first elections of 1845, and then the seat was contested again every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years has been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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1 David Levy Yulee - Brady-Handy.jpg
David Levy Yulee
Democratic July 1, 1845 –
March 3, 1851
Elected in 1845.

Lost re-election.
1 29th Congress 1 Elected in 1845.

Retired.
July 1, 1845 –
March 3, 1849
Democratic James Westcott 1
30th Congress
31st Congress 2 Elected in 1848.

Retired.
March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1855
Whig JacksonMorton.jpg
Jackson Morton
2
2 Steph mallory.jpg
Stephen Mallory
Democratic March 4, 1851 –
January 21, 1861[1]
Elected in 1851. 2 32nd Congress
33rd Congress
34th Congress 3 Elected in 1855.

Withdrew.[1]
March 4, 1855 –
January 21, 1861[1]
Democratic David Levy Yulee - Brady-Handy.jpg
David Levy Yulee
3
Re-elected in 1857.

Withdrew.[1]
3 35th Congress
36th Congress
Vacant January 21, 1861[1]
June 17, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction Civil War and Reconstruction January 21, 1861[1]
June 25, 1868
Vacant
37th Congress 4
4 38th Congress
39th Congress
40th Congress 5
3 AdonijahWelch.jpg
Adonijah Welch
Republican June 17, 1868 –
March 3, 1869
Elected to finish term.

Retired.
Elected to finish term.

Retired.
June 25, 1868 –
March 3, 1873
Republican Thomas W. Osborn - Brady-Handy.jpg
Thomas W. Osborn
4
4 AbijahGilbert.jpg
Abijah Gilbert
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1868 or 1869.

Retired.
5 41st Congress
42nd Congress
43rd Congress 6 Elected in 1872 or 1873.

Retired.
March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
Republican Simon Barclay Conover - Brady-Handy.jpg
Simon B. Conover
5
5 Charles W. Jones - Brady-Handy.jpg
Charles W. Jones
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1887
Elected in 1875. 6 44th Congress
45th Congress
46th Congress 7 Elected January 21, 1879.[2] March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1891
Democratic Wilkinson Call - Brady-Handy.jpg
Wilkinson Call
6
Re-elected in 1881.

Retired.
7 47th Congress
48th Congress
49th Congress 8 Elected January 20, 1885.[3]
Vacant March 4, 1887 –
May 19, 1887
  8 50th Congress
6 SamuelPasco.jpg
Samuel Pasco
Democratic May 19, 1887 –
April 18, 1899
Elected late to finish term in 1887.
51st Congress
52nd Congress 9 Legislature failed to elect. March 4, 1891 –
May 26, 1891
Elected late May 26, 1891.[4]

Retired.
May 26, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
Democratic Wilkinson Call - Brady-Handy.jpg
Wilkinson Call
Appointed to begin next term as legislature had failed to elect.

Elected April 20, 1893 to finish term.[5]
9 53rd Congress
54th Congress
55th Congress 10 Legislature failed to elect. March 4, 1897 –
May 13, 1897
 
Elected late May 14, 1897.[6] May 14, 1897 –
December 23, 1907
Democratic SRMalloryII.jpg
Stephen Mallory II
7
Appointed to begin next term as legislature had failed to elect.

Lost election to finish term.
10 56th Congress
Vacant April 18, 1899 –
April 20, 1899
 
7 Jamespipertaliaferro.jpg
James Taliaferro
Democratic April 20, 1899 –
March 3, 1911
Elected to finish Pasco's term.[5]
57th Congress
58th Congress 11 Appointed to begin the term as legislature had failed to elect.

Elected April 22, 1903 to finish term.[5]

Died.
Appointed to begin the term as legislature had failed to elect.[5]

Re-elected April 20, 1905 to finish term.[5]

Lost re-election.
11 59th Congress
60th Congress
  December 23, 1907 –
December 26, 1907
Vacant
Appointed to finish Mallory's term.

Died.
December 26, 1907 –
March 22, 1908
Democratic Williamjamesbryan.jpg
William James Bryan
8
  March 22, 1908 –
March 27, 1908
Vacant
Appointed to finish Mallory's term.

Retired.
March 27, 1908 –
March 3, 1909
Democratic Williamhallmilton.jpg
William Hall Milton
9
61st Congress 12 Appointed to begin the term.[5]

Elected April 20, 1909 to finish the term.
March 4, 1909 –
June 17, 1936
Democratic Duncanupshawfletcher.jpg
Duncan U. Fletcher
10
8 Nathanpbryan.jpg
Nathan P. Bryan
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1917
Appointed to begin the term.[5]

Elected April 19, 1911 to finish the term.[5]

Lost renomination.
12 62nd Congress
63rd Congress
64th Congress 13 Re-elected in 1914.
9 Park Trammell.jpg
Park Trammell
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
May 8, 1936
Elected in 1916. 13 65th Congress
66th Congress
67th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922. 14 68th Congress
69th Congress
70th Congress 15 Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928. 15 71st Congress
72nd Congress
73rd Congress 16 Re-elected in 1932.

Died.
Re-elected in 1934.

Died.
16 74th Congress
Vacant May 8, 1936 –
May 26, 1936
 
10 Scottloftin.jpg
Scott M. Loftin
Democratic May 26, 1936 –
November 3, 1936
Appointed to continue Trammell's term.

Successor elected.
  June 17, 1936 –
July 1, 1936
Vacant
Appointed to continue Fletcher's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
July 1, 1936 –
November 3, 1936
Democratic Williamlutherhill.jpg
William Luther Hill
11
11 Charlesoscarandrews.jpg
Charles O. Andrews
Democratic November 4, 1936 –
September 18, 1946
Elected to finish Trammell's term. Elected to finish Fletcher's term. November 4, 1936 –
January 3, 1951
Democratic Claude Denson Pepper.jpg
Claude Pepper
12
75th Congress
76th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.

Died.
17 77th Congress
78th Congress
79th Congress 18 Re-elected in 1944.

Lost renomination.
Vacant September 18, 1946 –
September 25, 1946
 
12 Spessard Holland.JPG
Spessard Holland
Democratic September 25, 1946 –
January 3, 1971
Appointed to finish Andrews's term.[5]
Elected in 1946. 18 80th Congress
81st Congress
82nd Congress 19 Elected in 1950. January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1969
Democratic George smathers.jpg
George Smathers
13
Re-elected in 1952. 19 83rd Congress
84th Congress
85th Congress 20 Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958. 20 86th Congress
87th Congress
88th Congress 21 Re-elected in 1962.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1964.

Retired.
21 89th Congress
90th Congress
91st Congress 22 Elected in 1968.

Retired and resigned early.
January 3, 1969 –
December 31, 1974
Republican Edward J Gurney.jpg
Edward J. Gurney
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13 Lawton Chiles Governor portrait.jpg
Lawton Chiles
Democratic January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1970. 22 92nd Congress
93rd Congress
Appointed to finish Gurney's term, having been elected to the next term. January 1, 1975 –
December 31, 1980
Democratic Richardbernardstone.jpg
Richard Stone
15
94th Congress 23 Elected in 1974.

Lost re-election and resigned early.
Re-elected in 1976. 23 95th Congress
96th Congress
Appointed to finish Stone's term, having been elected to the next term. January 1, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
Republican Hawkins, Paula.jpg
Paula Hawkins
16
97th Congress 24 Elected in 1980.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1982.

Retired.
24 98th Congress
99th Congress
100th Congress 25 Elected in 1986. January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 2005
Democratic Bob Graham, official Senate photo portrait, color.jpg
Bob Graham
17
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Connie Mack III
Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1988. 25 101st Congress
102nd Congress
103rd Congress 26 Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.

Retired.
26 104th Congress
105th Congress
106th Congress 27 Re-elected in 1998.

Retired.
15 Bill Nelson.jpg
Bill Nelson
Democratic January 3, 2001 –
Present
Elected in 2000. 27 107th Congress
108th Congress
109th Congress 28 Elected in 2004.

Resigned.
January 3, 2005 –
September 9, 2009
Republican Mel Martinez.jpg
Mel Martínez
18
Re-elected in 2006. 28 110th Congress
111th Congress
Appointed to finish Martínez's term.

Retired.
September 9, 2009[7]
January 3, 2011
Republican Senator George LeMieux.jpg
George LeMieux
19
112th Congress 29 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
Present
Republican Marco Rubio, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Marco Rubio
20
Re-elected in 2012. 29 113th Congress
114th Congress
115th Congress 30 Re-elected in 2016.
To be determined in the 2018 election. 30 116th Congress
117th Congress
118th Congress 31 To be determined in the 2022 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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Class 1 Class 3

Living former U.S. Senators from Florida[edit]

As of October 2016, there are five living former U.S. Senators from Florida, one from Class 1 and four from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was Paula Hawkins on Class 3 (1981-1987) on December 4, 2009. The most recent Class 1 senator to die was Lawton Chiles (1971-1989) on December 12, 1998.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Richard Stone 1975–1980 3 (1928-09-22) September 22, 1928 (age 88)
Bob Graham 1987–2005 3 (1936-11-09) November 9, 1936 (age 80)
Connie Mack III 1989–2001 1 (1940-10-29) October 29, 1940 (age 76)
Mel Martinez 2005–2009 3 (1946-10-23) October 23, 1946 (age 70)
George LeMieux 2009–2011 3 (1969-05-21) May 21, 1969 (age 48)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Mallory and Yulee, along with several other senators, announced they were withdrawing from the Senate on January 21, 1861, due to their states' decisions to secede from the Union. Mallory's seat was declared vacant by the Senate on March 14, 1861, but Yulee's was already vacant because his term ended at noon on March 4, 1861.
  2. ^ "THE FLORIDA SENATORSHIP.". The New York Times. January 22, 1879. p. 1. 
  3. ^ "SELECTING NEW SENATORS.". The New York Times. January 20, 1885. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "CALL DECLARED ELECTED.". May 26, 1891. p. 1. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Byrd, p. 93.
  6. ^ "MALLORY ELECTED SENATOR.". The New York Times. May 15, 1897. p. 12. 
  7. ^ "Senators of the United States 1789-present, A chronological list of senators since the First Congress in 1789" (PDF). Senate Historical Office. April 17, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2017.