List of United States Senators from Michigan

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Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837. Its current Senators are Democrats Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. The next election will be in 2018.

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Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election will be in 2020.

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1 Lucius Lyon.jpg
Lucius Lyon
Jacksonian January 26, 1837 –
March 4, 1839
Elected in 1837.

Retired.
1 24th Congress 1 Elected in 1837.

Retired.
January 26, 1837 –
March 4, 1841
Jacksonian John Norvell.jpg
John Norvell
1
Democratic 25th Congress Democratic
Vacant March 4, 1839 –
January 20, 1840
  2 26th Congress
2 Augustus Porter.jpg
Augustus S. Porter
Whig January 20, 1840 –
March 4, 1845
Elected late in 1840.

Retired.
27th Congress 2 Elected in 1841.

Retired.
March 4, 1841 –
March 4, 1847
Whig William Woodbridge.jpg
William Woodbridge
2
28th Congress
3 Lewis Cass - Brady-Handy.jpg
Lewis Cass
Democratic March 4, 1845 –
May 29, 1848
Elected in 1844 or 1845.

Resigned to run for president.
3 29th Congress
30th Congress 3 Elected in 1847.

Retired.
March 4, 1847 –
March 4, 1853
Democratic Alpheus Felch.jpg
Alpheus Felch
3
Vacant May 29, 1848 –
June 8, 1848
 
4 Thomas Fitzgerald.jpg
Thomas Fitzgerald
Democratic June 8, 1848 –
March 3, 1849
Appointed to continue Cass's term.
5 Lewis Cass - Brady-Handy.jpg
Lewis Cass
Democratic March 4, 1849 –
March 4, 1857
Elected to finish his own term. 31st Congress
Re-elected in 1850 or 1851.

Unknown if retired or lost re-election.
4 32nd Congress
33rd Congress 4 Elected in 1853.

Retired.
March 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1859
Democratic Charles E Stuart.jpg
Charles E. Stuart
4
34th Congress
6 Zachariah Chandler - Brady-Handy.jpg
Zachariah Chandler
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1875
Elected in 1857. 5 35th Congress
36th Congress 5 Elected in 1858.

Died.
March 4, 1859 –
October 5, 1861
Republican Hon. Kingsley S. Bingham, Michigan - NARA - 529951.jpg
Kinsley S. Bingham
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37th Congress
  October 5, 1861 –
January 17, 1862
Vacant
Elected to finish Bingham's term. January 17, 1862 –
March 4, 1871
Republican Jacob M. Howard - Brady-Handy.jpg
Jacob M. Howard
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Re-elected in 1863. 6 38th Congress
39th Congress 6 Re-elected in 1865.

Unknown if retired or lost re-election.
40th Congress
Re-elected in 1869.

Lost re-election.
7 41st Congress
42nd Congress 7 Elected in 1871. March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1883
Republican TWFerry.jpg
Thomas W. Ferry
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43rd Congress
7 Isaac P. Christiancy - Brady-Handy.jpg
Isaac P. Christiancy
Republican March 4, 1875 –
February 10, 1879
Elected in 1874.

Resigned due to ill health.
8 44th Congress
45th Congress 8 Re-elected in 1877.

Lost re-election.
Vacant February 10, 1879 –
February 22, 1879
 
8 Zachariah Chandler - Brady-Handy.jpg
Zachariah Chandler
Republican February 22, 1879 –
November 1, 1879
Elected to finish Christiancy's term.

Died.
46th Congress
Vacant November 1, 1879 –
November 17, 1879
 
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Henry P. Baldwin
Republican November 17, 1879 –
March 4, 1881
Appointed to continue Chandler's term.

Elected January 19, 1881 to finish Chandler's term.

Retired.
10 Omar D. Conger - Brady-Handy.jpg
Omar D. Conger
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
Elected in 1881.

Lost renomination.
9 47th Congress
48th Congress 9 Election year unknown.

Retired.
March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1889
Republican Thomas Witherell Palmer.png
Thomas W. Palmer
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49th Congress
11 Francis Brown Stockbridge.png
Francis B. Stockbridge
Republican March 4, 1887 –
April 30, 1894
Elected in 1887. 10 50th Congress
51st Congress 10 Elected in 1889. March 4, 1889 –
August 10, 1902
Republican James McMillan.jpg
James McMillan
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52nd Congress
Re-elected in 1893.

Died.
11 53rd Congress
Vacant April 30, 1894 –
May 5, 1894
 
12 John Patton Jr.jpg
John Patton, Jr.
Republican May 5, 1894 –
January 24, 1895
Appointed to continue Stockbridge's term.

Lost election to finish term.
13 Julius Caesar Burrows.jpg
Julius C. Burrows
Republican January 24, 1895 –
March 4, 1911
Elected to finish Stockbridge's term.
54th Congress 11 Re-elected in 1895.
55th Congress
Re-elected in 1899. 12 56th Congress
57th Congress 12 Re-elected in 1901.

Died.
  August 10, 1902 –
September 27, 1902
Vacant
Appointed to continue McMillan's term.

Elected December 7, 1902 to finish McMillan's term.

Died.
September 27, 1902 –
January 24, 1907
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Russell A. Alger
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58th Congress
Re-elected in 1905.

Lost renomination.
13 59th Congress
  January 24, 1907 –
February 9, 1907
Vacant
Elected to finish Alger's term. February 9, 1907 –
March 4, 1919
Republican William Alden Smith 4.jpg
William A. Smith
11
60th Congress 13 Elected in 1907.
61st Congress
14 Charles Elroy Townsend.jpg
Charles E. Townsend
Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1923
Elected in 1910. 14 62nd Congress
63rd Congress 14 Re-elected in 1913.

Retired.
64th Congress
Re-elected in 1916.

Lost re-election.
15 65th Congress
66th Congress 15 Elected in 1918.

Resigned when convicted of election "irregularities".
March 4, 1919 –
November 18, 1922
Republican Truman Handy Newberry.jpg
Truman H. Newberry
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67th Congress
  November 18, 1922 –
November 29, 1922
Vacant
Appointed to continue Newberry's term.

Elected November 4, 1924 to finish Newberry's term.
November 29, 1922 –
October 22, 1936
Republican James Couzens.jpg
James J. Couzens
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Woodbridge N. Ferris
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 23, 1928
Elected in 1922.

Died.
16 68th Congress
69th Congress 16 Re-elected in 1924.
70th Congress
Vacant March 23, 1928 –
March 31, 1928
 
16 Arthur H. Vandenberg.jpg
Arthur H. Vandenberg
Republican March 31, 1928 –
April 18, 1951
Appointed to continue Ferris's term.

Elected November 6, 1928 to finish Ferris's term.
Elected in 1928. 17 71st Congress
72nd Congress 17 Re-elected in 1930.

Died.
73rd Congress
Re-elected in 1934. 18 74th Congress
  October 22, 1936 –
November 19, 1936
Vacant
Appointed to finish Couzens's term, having already been elected to the next term. November 19, 1936 –
January 3, 1943
Democratic Prentiss Marsh Brown.jpg
Prentiss M. Brown
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75th Congress 18 Elected in 1936.

Lost re-election.
76th Congress
Re-elected in 1940. 19 77th Congress
78th Congress 19 Elected in 1942. January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1955
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Homer S. Ferguson
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79th Congress
Re-elected in 1946.

Died.
20 80th Congress
81st Congress 20 Re-elected in 1948.

Lost re-election.
82nd Congress
Vacant April 18, 1951 –
April 23, 1951
 
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Blair Moody
Democratic April 23, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
Appointed to continue Vandenberg's term.

Lost election to finish term.
18 Charles Edward Potter.jpg
Charles E. Potter
Republican November 5, 1952 –
January 3, 1959
Elected to finish Vandenberg's term.
Elected to full term in 1952.

Lost re-election.
21 83rd Congress
84th Congress 21 Elected in 1954. January 3, 1955 –
April 30, 1966
Democratic Patrick Vincent McNamara.jpg
Patrick V. McNamara
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85th Congress
19 Philip Hart (D-MI).jpg
Philip Hart
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
December 26, 1976
Elected in 1958. 22 86th Congress
87th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1960.

Died.
88th Congress
Re-elected in 1964. 23 89th Congress
  April 30, 1966 –
May 11, 1966
Vacant
Appointed to finish McNamara's term. May 11, 1966 –
January 3, 1979
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Robert P. Griffin
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90th Congress 23 Elected to full term in 1966
91st Congress
Re-elected in 1970.

Died, having already planned to retire.
24 92nd Congress
93rd Congress 24 Re-elected in 1972.

Lost re-election.
94th Congress
Vacant December 26, 1976 –
December 30, 1976
 
20 Don Riegle, Jr.jpg
Donald W. Riegle, Jr.
Democratic December 30, 1976 –
January 3, 1995
Appointed early to finish Hart's term, having already been elected to the next term.
Elected to full term in 1976 25 95th Congress
96th Congress 25 Elected in 1978. January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 2015
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Carl Levin
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97th Congress
Re-elected in 1982. 26 98th Congress
99th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1984.
100th Congress
Re-elected in 1988.

Retired.
27 101st Congress
102nd Congress 27 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd Congress
21 Spencer Abraham.jpg
Spencer Abraham
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1994.

Lost re-election.
28 104th Congress
105th Congress 28 Re-elected in 1996.
106th Congress
22 Debbie Stabenow, official portrait 2.jpg
Debbie Stabenow
Democratic January 3, 2001 –
Present
Elected in 2000. 29 107th Congress
108th Congress 29 Re-elected in 2002.
109th Congress
Re-elected in 2006. 30 110th Congress
111th Congress 30 Re-elected in 2008.

Retired.
112th Congress
Re-elected in 2012. 31 113th Congress
114th Congress 31 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
Democratic Gary Peters, official portrait, 114th Congress.jpg
Gary Peters
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115th Congress
To be determined in the 2018 election. 32 116th Congress
117th Congress 32 To be determined in the 2020 election.
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Living former U.S. Senators from Michigan[edit]

As of December 2015, there are three former U.S. Senators from Michigan who are currently living, two from Class 1 and one from Class 2. The most recent senator to die was Robert P. Griffin of Class 2 (1966-1979) on April 17, 2015. The most recent Class 1 senator to die was Charles E. Potter (1952-1959) on November 23, 1979. The most recently serving Class 1 senator to die was Philip Hart (1959-1976), who died in office on December 26, 1976.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Donald W. Riegle, Jr. 1976–1995 1 (1938-02-04) February 4, 1938 (age 78)
Carl Levin 1979–2015 2 (1934-06-28) June 28, 1934 (age 82)
Spencer Abraham 1995–2001 1 (1952-06-12) June 12, 1952 (age 64)

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