List of United States Senators from Idaho

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Current delegation
since January 3, 2009

Below is a chronological listing of the United States Senators from Idaho. The state was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, and its U.S. Senators belong to Class 2 and Class 3. Idaho's current Senators are Republicans Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for three U.S. Congresses in the first elections of 1890, and then the seat was contested 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.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for one United States Congress in the first elections of 1890, and then the seat was contested every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years have been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

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Vacant July 3, 1890 –
December 18, 1890
After joining the Union, Idaho didn't elect its Senators for six months. 1 51st 1 After joining the Union, Idaho didn't elect its Senators for six months. July 3, 1890 –
December 18, 1890
Vacant
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George Shoup
Republican December 18, 1890 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in 1890. Elected in 1890.

Retired.
December 18, 1890 –
March 3, 1891
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William McConnell
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52nd 2 Elected in 1890.

Lost re-election as a Silver Republican.
March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
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Fred Dubois
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53rd
Re-elected in 1895.

Lost re-election.
2 54th
55th 3 Elected in 1897.

Retired.
March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
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Henry Heitfeld
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56th
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Fred Dubois
Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
Elected January 16, 1901 as a Silver Republican, but changed party to Democratic.

Lost re-election.
3 57th
58th 4 Elected January 13, 1903 March 4, 1903 –
October 17, 1912
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Weldon Heyburn
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59th
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William Borah
Republican March 4, 1907 –
January 19, 1940
Elected January 15, 1907 4 60th
61st 5 Re-elected January 12, 1909.[1]

Died.
62nd
  October 17, 1912 –
November 18, 1912
Vacant
Appointed to continue Heyburn's term.

Lost election to finish Heyburn's term.
November 18, 1912 –
February 6, 1913
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Kirtland Perky
5
Elected January 26, 1913 to finish Heyburn's term. February 6, 1913 –
January 13, 1918
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James Brady
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Re-elected January 14, 1913. 5 63rd
64th 6 Re-elected in 1914.

Died.
65th
  January 13, 1918 –
January 22, 1918
Vacant
Appointed to continue Brady's term.

Elected November 5, 1918 to finish Brady's term.

Resigned to become a Federal Trade Commissioner, having lost election to a full term.
January 22, 1918 –
January 14, 1921
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John Nugent
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Re-elected in 1918 6 66th
Appointed to finish Nugent's term, having been elected to the next term. January 15, 1921 –
June 24, 1928
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Frank Gooding
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67th 7 Elected to full term in 1920.
68th
Re-elected in 1924. 7 69th
70th 8 Re-elected in 1926.

Died.
  June 24, 1928 –
June 30, 1928
Vacant
Appointed to continue Gooding's term.

Elected November 6, 1928 to finish Gooding's term.

Lost re-election.
June 30, 1928 –
March 3, 1933
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John W. Thomas
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71st
Re-elected in 1930. 8 72nd
73rd 9 Elected in 1932.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
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James Pope
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74th
Re-elected in 1936.

Died.
9 75th
76th 10 Elected in 1938.

Lost renomination.
January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
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D. Worth Clark
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Vacant January 19, 1940 –
January 27, 1940
 
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John W. Thomas
Republican January 27, 1940 –
November 10, 1945
Appointed to continue Borah's term.

Elected November 5, 1940 to finish Borah's term.
77th
Re-elected in 1942.

Died.
10 78th
79th 11 Elected in 1944.

Lost renomination.
January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1951
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Glen H. Taylor
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Vacant November 10, 1945 –
November 17, 1945
 
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Charles C. Gossett
Democratic November 17, 1945 –
November 5, 1946
Appointed to continue Thomas's term.

Lost nomination to finish Thomas's term.
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Henry Dworshak
Republican November 6, 1946 –
January 3, 1949
Elected to finish Thomas's term.

Lost re-election.
80th
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Bert H. Miller
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
October 8, 1949
Elected in 1948.

Died.
11 81st
Vacant October 8, 1949 –
October 14, 1949
 
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Henry Dworshak
Republican October 14, 1949 –
July 23, 1962
Appointed to continue Miller's term.

Elected to November 7, 1950 to finish Miller's term.[2]
82nd 12 Elected in 1950.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1957
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Herman Welker
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83rd
Re-elected in 1954 12 84th
85th 13 Elected in 1956. January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1981
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Frank Church
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86th
Re-elected in 1960.

Died.
13 87th
Vacant July 23, 1962 –
August 6, 1962
 
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Len Jordan
Republican August 6, 1962 –
January 3, 1973
Appointed to continue Dworshak's term.

Elected November 6, 1962 to finish Dworshak's term.
88th 14 Re-elected in 1962.
89th
Re-elected in 1966.

Retired.
14 90th
91st 15 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd
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Jim McClure
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1991
Elected in 1972. 15 93rd
94th 16 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
95th
Re-elected in 1978. 16 96th
97th 17 Elected in 1980. January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1993
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Steve Symms
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98th
Re-elected in 1984.

Retired.
17 99th
100th 18 Re-elected in 1986.

Retired.
101st
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Larry Craig
Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 2009
Elected in 1990. 18 102nd
103rd 19 Elected in 1992.

Retired to run for Idaho Governor.
January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
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Dirk Kempthorne
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104th
Re-elected in 1996. 19 105th
106th 20 Elected in 1998. January 3, 1999 –
Present
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Mike Crapo
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107th
Re-elected in 2002.

Retired.
20 108th
109th 21 Re-elected in 2004.
110th
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Jim Risch
Republican January 3, 2009 –
Present
Elected in 2008. 21 111th
112th 22 Re-elected in 2010.
113th
Re-elected in 2014. 22 114th
115th 39 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
To be determined in the 2020 election. 23 117th
118th 24 To be determined in the 2022 election.
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Class 2 Class 3

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

As of October 2016, there are three living former U.S. Senators, one from Class 2 and two from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was James A. McClure of Class 2 (1973–1991) on February 26, 2011. The most recent Class 3 senator to die was Glen H. Taylor (1945–1951) on April 28, 1984. The most recently serving Class 3 senator to die was Frank Church (1957–1981) on April 7, 1984.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Steve Symms 1981–1993 3 (1938-04-23) April 23, 1938 (age 80)
Larry Craig 1991–2009 2 (1945-07-20) July 20, 1945 (age 73)
Dirk Kempthorne 1993–1999 3 (1951-10-29) October 29, 1951 (age 66)

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Tribune Almanac (1910), p. 271.
  2. ^ Byrd, p. 99.

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