List of United States Senators from Nebraska

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Nebraska was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867, and elects its United States Senators to Class 1 and Class 2. Nebraska's current senators are Republicans Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse.

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 TIPTON, Thomas Weston.jpg
Thomas Tipton
Republican March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1875
Elected in 1867. 1 39th Congress 1 Elected in 1867.

Lost re-election.
March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1871
Republican John Milton Thayer - Brady-Handy.jpg
John Thayer
1
40th Congress
Re-elected in 1869.

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2 41st Congress
42nd Congress 2 Elected in 1870.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
Republican Phineas Hitchcock - Brady-Handy.jpg
Phineas Hitchcock
2
43rd Congress
2 Paddock.jpg
Algernon Paddock
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
Elected in 1875.

Lost re-election.
3 44th Congress
45th Congress 3 Elected in 1877.

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March 5, 1877 –
March 4, 1883
Republican Alvin Saunders - Brady-Handy.jpg
Alvin Saunders
3
46th Congress
3 VAN WYCK, Charles Henry.jpg
Charles Van Wyck
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
Elected in 1880.

Lost re-election.
4 47th Congress
48th Congress 4 Elected in 1883. March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1895
Republican Charles Frederick Manderson.jpg
Charles F. Manderson
4
49th Congress
4 Paddock.jpg
Algernon S. Paddock
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1893
Elected in 1886.

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5 50th Congress
51st Congress 5 Re-elected in 1888.

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52nd Congress
5 ALLEN, William Vincent.jpg
William V. Allen
Populist March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
Elected in 1893.

Lost re-election.
6 53rd Congress
54th Congress 6 Elected in 1895.

Retired.
March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1901
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John Mellen Thurston
5
55th Congress
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
March 8, 1899
Legislature failed to elect. 7 56th Congress
6 HAYWARD, Monroe Leland,.jpg
Monroe Hayward
Republican March 8, 1899 –
December 5, 1899
Elected to fill vacancy.

Died before qualifying.
Vacant December 5, 1899 –
December 13, 1899
7 ALLEN, William Vincent.jpg
William V. Allen
Populist December 13, 1899 –
March 28, 1901
Appointed to continue Hayward's vacancy.

Retired when successor qualified.
57th Congress 7 Legislature failed to elect March 4, 1901 –
March 28, 1901
Vacant
8 Charles Henry Dietrich.jpg
Charles H. Dietrich
Republican March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1905
Elected to finish Hayward's term.

Retired.
Elected in 1901 to finish vacant term.

Retired.
March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
Republican Joseph Hopkins Millard.jpg
Joseph Millard
6
58th Congress
9 BURKETT, Elmer Jacob,.jpg
Elmer Burkett
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
Elected in 1904.

Lost renomination.
8 59th Congress
60th Congress 8 Elected in 1906.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
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Norris Brown
7
61st Congress
10 GMHitchcock.jpg
Gilbert Hitchcock
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1923
Elected in 1910. 9 62nd Congress
63rd Congress 9 Elected in 1912. March 4, 1913 –
January 3, 1937
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George W. Norris
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64th Congress
Re-elected in 1916.

Lost re-election.
10 65th Congress
66th Congress 10 Re-elected in 1918.
67th Congress
11 RBHowell.jpg
Robert B. Howell
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 11, 1933
Elected in 1922. 11 68th Congress
69th Congress 11 Re-elected in 1924.
70th Congress
Re-elected in 1928.

Died.
12 71st Congress
72nd Congress 12 Re-elected in 1930.
73rd Congress
Vacant March 11, 1933 –
May 24, 1933
12 William H. Thompson Democratic May 24, 1933 –
November 6, 1934
Appointed to continue Howell's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
13 Richard C. Hunter Democratic November 7, 1934 –
January 3, 1935
Elected to finish Howell's term.

Retired.
14 BURKE, Edward Raymond,.jpg
Edward R. Burke
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1934.

Lost renomination.
13 74th Congress
75th Congress 13 Re-elected in 1936.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
Independent
76th Congress
15 BUTLER, Hugh Alfred,.jpg
Hugh A. Butler
Republican January 3, 1941 –
July 1, 1954
Elected in 1940. 14 77th Congress
78th Congress 14 Elected in 1942. January 3, 1943 –
November 29, 1951
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Kenneth S. Wherry
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79th Congress
Re-elected in 1946. 15 80th Congress
81st Congress 15 Re-elected in 1948.

Died.
82nd Congress
  November 29, 1951 –
December 10, 1951
Vacant
Appointed to continue Wherry's term.

Retired when successor elected.
December 10, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
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Fred Andrew Seaton
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Elected to finish Wherry's term.

Died.
November 5, 1952 –
April 12, 1954
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Dwight P. Griswold
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Re-elected in 1952.


Died.
16 83rd Congress
  April 12, 1954 –
April 16, 1954
Vacant
Appointed to continue Griswold's term.

Retired when successor elected.
April 16, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Republican Eva Kelly Bowring.jpg
Eva Bowring
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Vacant July 1, 1954 –
July 3, 1954
 
Elected to finish Griswold's term.

Resigned.
November 8, 1954 –
December 31, 1954
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Hazel Abel
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16 REYNOLDS, Samuel Williams,.jpg
Samuel W. Reynolds
Republican July 3, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Appointed to continue Butler's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
17 Hruskalee2.jpg
Roman Hruska
Republican November 8, 1954 –
December 27, 1976
Elected to finish Butler's term
Appointed to finish Griswold's term, having already been elected to the next term. January 1, 1955 –
January 3, 1979
Republican CURTIS, Carl Thomas,.jpg
Carl Curtis
14
84th Congress 16 Elected in 1954.
85th Congress
Re-elected in 1958. 17 86th Congress
87th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1960.
88th Congress
Re-elected in 1964. 18 89th Congress
90th Congress 18 Re-elected in 1966.
91st Congress
Re-elected in 1970.

Retired and resigned early.
18 92nd Congress
93rd Congress 19 Re-elected in 1972.

Retired.
94th Congress
18 1985 p78 Edward Zorinsky.jpg
Edward Zorinsky
Democratic December 28, 1976 –
March 6, 1987
Appointed to finish Hruska's term, having been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1976. 19 95th Congress
96th Congress 20 Elected in 1978. January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
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J. James Exon
15
97th Congress
Re-elected in 1982.

Died.
20 98th Congress
99th Congress 21 Re-elected in 1984.
100th Congress
Vacant March 6, 1987 –
March 11, 1987
19 Davidkarnes.JPG
David K. Karnes
Republican March 11, 1987 –
November 8, 1988
Appointed to finish Zorinsky's term.

Lost election to full term and resigned early.
Vacant November 8, 1988 –
January 3, 1989
20 Senator Bob Kerrey.jpg
Bob Kerrey
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1988. 21 101st Congress
102nd Congress 22 Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
103rd Congress
Re-elected in 1994.

Retired.
22 104th Congress
105th Congress 23 Elected in 1996. January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
Republican Chuck Hagel official photo.jpg
Chuck Hagel
16
106th Congress
21 Ben Nelson official photo.jpg
Ben Nelson
Democratic January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 2000. 24 107th Congress
108th Congress 24 Re-elected in 2002.

Retired.
109th Congress
Re-elected in 2006.

Retired.
25 110th Congress
111th Congress 25 Elected in 2008.

Retired.
January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
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Mike Johanns
17
112th Congress
22 Deb Fischer, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Deb Fischer
Republican January 3, 2013 –
Present
Elected in 2012. 26 113th Congress
114th Congress 26 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
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Ben Sasse
18
115th Congress
To be determined in the 2018 election. 27 116th Congress
117th Congress 27 To be determined in the 2020 election.
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Living former U.S. Senators from Nebraska[edit]

As of April 2015, there are five former Senators from Nebraska who are currently living, three from Class 1 and two from Class 2. The most recent senator to die was J. James Exon of Class 2 (1979-1997) on June 10, 2005. The most recent Class 1 senator to die was Roman Hruska (1954-1976) on April 25, 1999. The most recently serving Class 1 senator to die was Edward Zorinsky (1976-1987), who died in office on March 6, 1987.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
David Karnes 1987–1988 1 (1948-12-12) December 12, 1948 (age 67)
Bob Kerrey 1989–2001 1 (1943-08-27) August 27, 1943 (age 72)
Chuck Hagel 1997–2009 2 (1946-10-04) October 4, 1946 (age 69)
Ben Nelson 2001–2013 1 (1941-05-17) May 17, 1941 (age 75)
Mike Johanns 2009–2015 2 (1950-06-18) June 18, 1950 (age 66)

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