List of United States Senators from Georgia

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This is a chronological listing of the United States Senators from Georgia.

Georgia has had Senators since the 1st Congress. Its Senate seats were declared vacant in March 1861 owing to its secession from the Union. They were again filled from February 1871.

United States Senators are popularly elected, for a six-year term, beginning January 3. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. Before 1914, they were chosen by the Georgia General Assembly, and before 1935, their terms began March 4.

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Class 2

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for two U.S. Congresses in the first elections of 1789, and then the seat was contested again for the 3rd Congress, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years have been contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election will be in 2020.

Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for the first three United States Congresses in the first elections of 1788/1789, and then the seat was contested again for the 4th Congress, and 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 William few.jpg
William Few
Anti-
Administration
March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
Elected in 1789.

Lost re-election.
1 1st Congress 1 Elected in 1789. March 4, 1789 –
March 3, 1801
Anti-
Administration
James Gunn 1
2nd Congress
2 JamesJackson.jpg
James Jackson
Anti-
Administration
March 4, 1793 –
November 16, 1795
Elected in 1793

Resigned to run for the Georgia legislature.
2 3rd Congress
4th Congress 2 Re-elected in 1795. Federalist
3 George Walton.jpg
George Walton
Federalist November 16, 1795 –
February 20, 1796
Appointed to continue Jackson's term.

Retired when successor elected.
4 Josiah Tattnall Democratic-
Republican
February 20, 1796 –
March 3, 1799
Elected to finish Jackson's term.
5th Congress
5 Abraham Baldwin.jpg
Abraham Baldwin
Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1799 –
March 4, 1807
Elected in 1799. 3 6th Congress
7th Congress 3 Elected in 1801.

Died.
March 4, 1801 –
March 19, 1806
Democratic-
Republican
JamesJackson.jpg
James Jackson
2
8th Congress
Re-elected in 1805.

Died.
4 9th Congress
  March 19, 1806 –
June 19, 1806
Vacant
Elected to finish Jackson's term. June 19, 1806 –
November 14, 1809
Democratic-
Republican
Milledge.jpg
John Milledge
3
Vacant March 4, 1807 –
August 27, 1807
  10th Congress 4 Re-elected in 1807.

Resigned.
6 George Jones Senator.jpg
George Jones
Democratic-
Republican
August 27, 1807 –
November 7, 1807
Appointed to continue Baldwin's term.

Retired when successor elected.
7 WilliamHarrisCrawford5.jpg
William H. Crawford
Democratic-
Republican
November 7, 1807 –
March 23, 1813
Elected to finish Baldwin's term.
11th Congress
  November 14, 1809 –
November 27, 1809
Vacant
Elected to finish Milledge's term. November 27, 1809 –
March 3, 1819
Democratic-
Republican
CharlesTait.jpg
Charles Tait
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Re-elected in 1811

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to France.
5 12th Congress
13th Congress 5 Re-elected in 1813.
Vacant March 23, 1813 –
April 8, 1813
 
8 William Bellinger Bulloch Democratic-
Republican
April 8, 1813 –
November 6, 1813
Appointed to continue Crawford's term.

Retired when successor elected.
9 William Wyatt Bibb.jpg
William Wyatt Bibb
Democratic-
Republican
November 6, 1813 –
November 9, 1816
Elected to finish Crawford's term.
Resigned.
14th Congress
Vacant November 9, 1816 –
November 13, 1816
 
10 George Michael Troup.jpg
George Troup
Democratic-
Republican
November 13, 1816 –
September 23, 1818
Elected to finish Bibb's term as well as to the next term.
Elected to full term in 1816.

Resigned.
6 15th Congress
11 JohnForsythSoS11.jpg
John Forsyth
Democratic-
Republican
September 23, 1818 –
February 17, 1819
Elected to finish Troup's term.

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to Spain.
Vacant February 17, 1819 –
November 6, 1819
 
16th Congress 6 Elected in 1819. March 4, 1819 –
March 3, 1825
Democratic-
Republican
JohnElliott.jpg
John Elliott
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12 Freeman Walker.jpg
Freeman Walker
Democratic-
Republican
November 6, 1819 –
August 6, 1821
Elected to finish Forsyth's term.

Resigned.
17th Congress
Vacant August 6, 1821 –
November 10, 1821
 
13 Nicholas Ware.jpg
Nicholas Ware
Democratic-
Republican
November 10, 1821 –
September 7, 1824
Elected to finish Walker's term.
Crawford
Democratic-
Republican
Re-elected in 1823.

Died.
7 18th Congress Crawford
Democratic-
Republican
Vacant September 7, 1824 –
December 6, 1824
 
14 Thomas W. Cobb Jacksonian
Democratic-
Republican
December 6, 1824 –
November 7, 1828
Elected to finish Ware's term.

Resigned.
Jacksonian 19th Congress 7 Elected in 1825.

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General.
March 4, 1825 –
March 9, 1829
Jacksonian John Macpherson Berrien.jpg
John M. Berrien
6
20th Congress
15 Oliver Hillhouse Prince.jpg
Oliver H. Prince
Jacksonian November 7, 1828 –
March 3, 1829
Elected to finish Cobb's term.
16 George Michael Troup.jpg
George Troup
Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
November 8, 1833
Elected in 1828.

Resigned.
8 21st Congress
  March 9, 1829 –
November 9, 1829
Vacant
Elected to finish Berrien's term. November 9, 1829 –
June 27, 1834
Jacksonian JohnForsythSoS11.jpg
John Forsyth
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22nd Congress 8 Re-elected in 1831.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State.
23rd Congress
Vacant November 8, 1833 –
November 21, 1833
 
17 John Pendleton King.jpg
John Pendleton King
Jacksonian November 21, 1833 –
November 1, 1837
Elected to finish Troup's term.
  June 27, 1834 –
January 12, 1835
Vacant
Elected to finish Forsyth's term. January 12, 1835 –
March 3, 1843
Jacksonian Alfred Cuthbert 8
Re-elected in 1834.

Resigned.
9 24th Congress
Democratic 25th Congress 9 Re-elected in 1837.

Retired.
Democratic
Vacant November 1, 1837 –
November 22, 1837
 
18 Wilson Lumpkin.jpg
Wilson Lumpkin
Democratic November 22, 1837 –
March 3, 1841
Elected to finish King's term.
26th Congress
19 John Macpherson Berrien.jpg
John M. Berrien
Whig March 4, 1841 –
May 1845
Elected in 1840.

Resigned to become judge of the Supreme Court of Georgia.
10 27th Congress
28th Congress 10 Elected in 1843.

Resigned.
March 4, 1843 –
February 4, 1848
Democratic Walter Terry Colquitt.jpg
Walter T. Colquitt
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Vacant May 1845 –
November 13, 1845
  29th Congress
John Macpherson Berrien.jpg
John M. Berrien
Whig November 13, 1845 –
May 28, 1852
Elected to finish his term.

Resigned.
Re-elected in 1846.

Resigned.
11 30th Congress
Appointed to finish Colquitt's term.

Retired.
February 4, 1848 –
March 3, 1849
Democratic Herschel Vespasian Johnson.jpg
Herschel Vespasian Johnson
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31st Congress 11 Elected in 1849. March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1855
Whig William Crosby Dawson.jpg
William Crosby Dawson
11
32nd Congress
Vacant May 28, 1852 –
May 31, 1852
 
20 Robert Milledge Charlton.jpg
Robert M. Charlton
Democratic May 31, 1852 –
March 3, 1853
Appointed to finish Berrien's term.
21 Robert Toombs - Brady-Handy.jpg
Robert Toombs
Democratic March 4, 1853 –
February 4, 1861
Elected in 1852. 12 33rd Congress
34th Congress 12 Elected in 1855.

Withdrew.
March 4, 1855 –
January 28, 1861
Democratic Alfred Iverson, Sr. - Brady-Handy.jpg
Alfred Iverson, Sr.
12
35th Congress
Re-elected in 1858.

Withdrew.
13 36th Congress
Civil War and Reconstruction January 28, 1861 –
February 1, 1871
Vacant
Vacant February 4, 1861 –
February 24, 1871
Civil War and Reconstruction
37th Congress 13
38th Congress
14 39th Congress
40th Congress 14
41st Congress
Elected in 1867 to finish the term, but not seated until Georgia's readmission.

Retired.
February 1, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
Republican JoshuaHill.jpg
Joshua Hill
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22 Homer Virgil Milton Miller.jpg
Homer V.M. Miller
Democratic February 24, 1871 –
March 3, 1871
Elected to finish term.
Vacant March 4, 1871 –
November 14, 1871
Foster Blodgett presented credentials as Senator-elect,
but the Senate declared him not elected
15 42nd Congress
23 Thomas M. Norwood - Brady-Handy.jpg
Thomas M. Norwood
Democratic November 14, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
Elected after Blodgett's credentials were rejected
43rd Congress 15 Elected in 1873. March 4, 1873 –
May 26, 1880
Democratic Jbgordon.jpg
John Brown Gordon
14
44th Congress
24 Benjamin Harvey Hill - Brady-Handy.jpg
Benjamin Harvey Hill
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
August 16, 1882
Elected in 1877.

Died.
16 45th Congress
46th Congress 16 Re-elected in 1879.

Resigned to promote a venture for the Georgia-Pacific Railroad.
Elected to finish Gordon's term. May 26, 1880 –
March 3, 1891
Democratic Joseph Emerson Brown.jpg
Joseph E. Brown
15
47th Congress
Vacant August 16, 1882 –
November 15, 1882
 
25 Middleton P. Barrow - Brady-Handy.jpg
Middleton P. Barrow
Democratic November 15, 1882 –
March 3, 1883
Elected to finish Hill's term.

Retired.
26 Alfred Holt Colquitt.jpg
Alfred H. Colquitt
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
March 26, 1894
Elected in 1883. 17 48th Congress
49th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1885.

Retired due to illness.
50th Congress
Re-elected in 1889

Died.
18 51st Congress
52nd Congress 18 Elected in 1891.

Retired.
March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
Democratic Jbgordon.jpg
John Brown Gordon
16
53rd Congress
Vacant March 26, 1894 –
April 2, 1894
 
27 Patrick Walsh.jpg
Patrick Walsh
Democratic April 2, 1894 –
March 3, 1895
Appointed to continue Colquitt's term.

Elected to finish Colquitt's term.

Lost renomination.
28 AugustusOctaviusBacon.jpg
Augustus Octavius Bacon
Democratic March 4, 1895 –
February 14, 1914
Elected in 1894. 19 54th Congress
55th Congress 19 Elected in 1896. March 4, 1897 –
November 13, 1910
Democratic Alexander Stephens Clay.jpg
Alexander S. Clay
17
56th Congress
Re-elected in 1900. 20 57th Congress
58th Congress 20 Re-elected in 1902.
59th Congress
Re-elected in 1906. 21 60th Congress
61st Congress 21 Re-elected in 1908.

Died.
  November 13, 1910 –
November 17, 1910
Vacant
Elected in 1843.

Resigned.
November 17, 1910 –
July 14, 1911
Democratic JosephMTerrell.jpg
Joseph M. Terrell
18
62nd Congress
  July 14, 1911 –
November 16, 1911
Vacant
Elected to finish Terrell's term. November 16, 1911 –
March 3, 1921
Democratic M. Hoke Smith, 1912.jpg
M. Hoke Smith
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Re-elected in 1912.

Died.
22 63rd Congress
Vacant February 14, 1914 –
March 2, 1914
 
29 WilliamWest.jpg
William S. West
Democratic March 2, 1914 –
November 3, 1914
Appointed to continue Bacon's seat

Successor elected.
30 Senator Thomas Hardwick.jpg
Thomas W. Hardwick
Democratic November 4, 1914 –
March 3, 1919
Elected to finish Bacon's term.

Lost renomoination.
64th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1914.

Lost renomination.
65th Congress
31 William Julius Harris.jpg
William J. Harris
Democratic March 4, 1919 –
April 18, 1932
Elected in 1918. 23 66th Congress
67th Congress 23 Elected in 1920.

Died.
March 4, 1921 –
September 26, 1922
Democratic Tom E Watson.jpg
Thomas E. Watson
20
  September 26, 1922 –
November 21, 1922
Vacant
Appointed to continue Watson's term.

Retired.
November 21, 1922 –
November 22, 1922
Democratic Reb Felton-Geo Senate.jpg
Rebecca Latimer Felton
21
Elected to finish Watson's term. November 22, 1922 –
January 2, 1957
Democratic Walter George.PNG
Walter F. George
22
68th Congress
Re-elected in 1924. 24 69th Congress
70th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1926.
71st Congress
Re-elected in 1930.

Died.
25 72nd Congress
Vacant April 18, 1932 –
April 25, 1932
 
32 John S Cohen.jpg
John S. Cohen
Democratic April 25, 1932 –
January 11, 1933
Appointed to continue Harris's term.

Successor elected.
33 Richard Brevard Russell.jpg
Richard Russell, Jr.
Democratic January 12, 1933 –
January 21, 1971
Elected to finish Harris's term.
73rd Congress 25 Re-elected in 1932.
74th Congress
Re-elected in 1936. 26 75th Congress
76th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1938.
77th Congress
Re-elected in 1942. 27 78th Congress
79th Congress 27 Re-elected in 1944.
80th Congress
Re-elected in 1948. 28 81st Congress
82nd Congress 28 Re-elected in 1950.

Retired.
83rd Congress
Re-elected in 1954. 29 84th Congress
85th Congress 29 Elected in 1956. January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1981
Democratic HermanTalmadge.jpg
Herman E. Talmadge
23
86th Congress
Re-elected in 1960. 30 87th Congress
88th Congress 30 Re-elected in 1962.
89th Congress
Re-elected in 1966.

Died.
31 90th Congress
91st Congress 31 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd Congress
Vacant January 21, 1971 –
February 1, 1971
 
34 David Henry GAMBRELL.jpg
David H. Gambrell
Democratic February 1, 1971 –
November 7, 1972
Appointed to continue Russell's term.

Lost election to finish Russell's term.
35 Sam Nunn.jpg
Sam Nunn
Democratic November 8, 1972 –
January 3, 1997
Elected to finish Russell's term.
Re-elected in 1972. 32 93rd Congress
94th Congress 32 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
95th Congress
Re-elected in 1978. 33 96th Congress
97th Congress 33 Elected in 1980.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
Republican MackMattingly.jpg
Mack Mattingly
24
98th Congress
Re-elected in 1984. 34 99th Congress
100th Congress 34 Elected in 1986.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
Democratic Wyche Fowler.PNG
Wyche Fowler
25
101st Congress
Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
35 102nd Congress
103rd Congress 35 Elected in 1992. January 3, 1993 –
July 18, 2000
Republican Paul Coverdell.PNG
Paul Coverdell
26
104th Congress
36 Cleland.jpg
Max Cleland
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1996.

Lost re-election.
36 105th Congress
106th Congress 36 Re-elected in 1998.

Died.
  July 18, 2000 –
July 27, 2000
Vacant
Appointed to continue Coverdell's term.

Elected in 2000 to finish Coverdell's term.

Retired.
July 27, 2000 –
January 3, 2005
Democratic Zell B Miller.jpg
Zell Miller
27
107th Congress
37 Saxby Chambliss.jpg
Saxby Chambliss
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 2002. 37 108th Congress
109th Congress 37 Elected in 2004. January 3, 2005 –
Present
Republican Johnny Isakson.jpg
Johnny Isakson
28
110th Congress
Re-elected in 2008.

Retired.
38 111th Congress
112th Congress 38 Re-elected in 2010.
113th Congress
38 David Perdue official Senate photo.jpg
David Perdue
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 39 114th Congress
115th Congress To be determined in the 2016 election.
116th Congress
To be determined in the 2020 election. 117th Congress
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Living former Senators[edit]

As of April 2015, there are seven former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of Georgia who are living, four from Class 2 and three from Class 3.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
David H. Gambrell 1971–1972 2 (1929-12-20) December 20, 1929 (age 85)
Sam Nunn 1972–1997 2 (1938-09-08) September 8, 1938 (age 76)
Mack Mattingly 1981–1987 3 (1931-01-07) January 7, 1931 (age 84)
Wyche Fowler 1987–1993 3 (1940-10-06) October 6, 1940 (age 74)
Max Cleland 1997–2003 2 (1942-08-24) August 24, 1942 (age 72)
Zell Miller 2000–2005 3 (1932-02-24) February 24, 1932 (age 83)
Saxby Chambliss 2003–2015 2 (1943-11-10) November 10, 1943 (age 71)

See also[edit]