List of United States Senators from Nevada

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Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864. Its current senators are Democrat Harry Reid (Class 3) and Republican Dean Heller (Class 1).

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 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently 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 M. Stewart - Brady-Handy.jpg
William Stewart
Republican February 1, 1865 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1865. 1 38th Congress 1 Elected in 1865. February 1, 1865 –
March 3, 1873
Republican James W. Nye - Brady-Handy.jpg
James W. Nye
1
39th Congress
40th Congress 2 Re-elected in 1867.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1869.

Retired.
2 41st Congress
42nd Congress
43rd Congress 3 Elected in 1873. March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1903
Republican JohnPJones.jpg
John P. Jones
2
2 William Sharon - Brady-Handy.jpg
William Sharon
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1881
Elected in 1875.[1]

Retired or lost renomination.[2]
3 44th Congress
45th Congress
46th Congress 4 Re-elected in 1879.
3 James Graham Fair - Brady-Handy.jpg
James Graham Fair
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1887
Elected in 1881.[2]

Lost re-election.
3 47th Congress
48th Congress
49th Congress 5 Re-elected in 1885.
4 William M. Stewart - Brady-Handy.jpg
William Stewart
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1905
Elected in 1887. 4 50th Congress
51st Congress
52nd Congress 6 Re-elected in 1891.
Silver Republican Re-elected in 1893. 5 53rd Congress
54th Congress Silver
55th Congress 7 Re-elected in 1897.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1899.

Retired.
6 56th Congress
Republican 57th Congress Republican
58th Congress 8 Elected in 1902. March 4, 1903 –
December 24, 1917
Democratic Francis Newlands.jpg
Francis G. Newlands
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5 George Stuart Nixon.jpg
George S. Nixon
Republican March 4, 1905 –
June 5, 1912
Elected in 1905. 7 59th Congress
60th Congress
61st Congress 9 Re-elected in 1908.
Re-elected in 1910.

Died.
8 62nd Congress
Vacant June 5, 1912 –
July 1, 1912
6 M000229.jpg
William A. Massey
Republican July 1, 1912 –
January 29, 1913
Appointed to continue Nixon's term.

Lost election to finish Nixon's term.
7 Senator and president pro tem Key Pittman (D-NV).jpg
Key Pittman
Democratic January 29, 1913 –
November 10, 1940
Elected to finish Nixon's term.
63rd Congress
64th Congress 10 Re-elected in 1914.

Died.
Elected to full term in 1916. 9 65th Congress
  December 24, 1917 –
January 12, 1918
Vacant
Appointed to continue Newlands's term.

Elected November 6, 1918 to finish Newlands's term.[3]

Lost election to full term.
January 12, 1918 –
March 3, 1921
Democratic Charles B. Henderson.jpg
Charles Henderson
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66th Congress
67th Congress 11 Elected in 1920. March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1933
Republican Tasker Oddie.jpg
Tasker Oddie
5
Re-elected in 1922. 10 68th Congress
69th Congress
70th Congress 12 Re-elected in 1926.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1928. 11 71st Congress
72nd Congress
73rd Congress 13 Elected in 1932. March 4, 1933 –
September 28, 1954
Democratic Pat McCarran (Nevada) (1947).jpg
Pat McCarran
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Re-elected in 1934.

Died, having been elected to the next term.
12 74th Congress
75th Congress
76th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1938.
Vacant November 10, 1940 –
November 27, 1940
8 BerkeleyBunker.jpg
Berkeley L. Bunker
Democratic November 27, 1940 –
December 6, 1942
Appointed to finish Pittman's previous term.
Appointed to start Pittman's next term.

Lost nomination to finish Pittman's next term.
13 77th Congress
9 James G. Scrugham (Nevada Governor and US Senator).jpg
James G. Scrugham
Democratic December 7, 1942 –
June 23, 1945
Elected to finish Pittman's term.

Died.
78th Congress
79th Congress 15 Re-elected in 1944.
Vacant June 23, 1945 –
July 24, 1945
10 Edward P. Carville (Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator).jpg
Edward P. Carville
Democratic July 24, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Appointed to finish Scrugham's term.

Lost nomination to full term.
11 George malone.jpg
George W. Malone
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1959
Elected in 1946. 15 80th Congress
81st Congress
82nd Congress 16 Re-elected in 1950.

Died.
Re-elected in 1952.

Lost re-election.
16 83rd Congress
  September 28, 1954 –
October 1, 1954
Vacant
Appointed to continue McCarran's term.

Lost election to finish McCarran's term.
October 1, 1954 –
December 1, 1954
Republican ErnestSBrown.jpg
Ernest S. Brown
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Elected to finish McCarran's term. December 2, 1954 –
December 17, 1974
Democratic Alan Harvey Bible.jpg
Alan Bible
8
84th Congress
85th Congress 17 Elected to full term in 1956.
12 Howard Cannon.jpg
Howard Cannon
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1983
Elected in 1958. 17 86th Congress
87th Congress
88th Congress 18 Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964. 18 89th Congress
90th Congress
91st Congress 19 Re-elected in 1968.

Retired, then resigned early
to give successor preferential seniority.
Re-elected in 1970. 19 92nd Congress
93rd Congress
Appointed early to finish Bible's term, having already been elected to the next term. December 18, 1974 –
January 3, 1987
Republican Paul Laxalt (colorized).jpg
Paul Laxalt
9
94th Congress 20 Elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.

Lost re-election.
20 95th Congress
96th Congress
97th Congress 21 Re-elected in 1980.

Retired.
13 Chic Hecht.JPG
Chic Hecht
Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
21 98th Congress
99th Congress
100th Congress 22 Elected in 1986. January 3, 1987 –
Present
Democratic Harry Reid official portrait 2009 crop.jpg
Harry Reid
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14 Richard Bryan (colorized).jpg
Richard Bryan
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1988. 22 101st Congress
102nd Congress
103rd Congress 23 Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.

Retired.
23 104th Congress
105th Congress
106th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1998.
15 Sen John Ensign official(2).jpg
John Ensign
Republican January 3, 2001 –
May 3, 2011
Elected in 2000. 24 107th Congress
108th Congress
109th Congress 25 Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.

Resigned.
25 110th Congress
111th Congress
112th Congress 26 Re-elected in 2010.

Will retire in 2016.[4]
Vacant May 3, 2011 –
May 9, 2011
16 Dean Heller, Official Senate Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Dean Heller
Republican May 9, 2011 –
Present
Appointed to finish Ensign's term.
Elected to full term in 2012. 26 113th Congress
114th Congress
115th Congress 27 To be determined in the 2016 election.
To be determined in the 2018 election. 27 116th Congress
117th Congress
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Living former U.S. Senators from Nevada[edit]

As of April 2015, there are three former Senators from Nevada who are living, two from Class 1 and one from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was Chic Hecht of Class 1 (1983-1989) on May 15, 2006. The most recent Class 3 senator to die was Alan Bible (1954-1974) on September 12, 1988.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Paul Laxalt 1974–1987 3 (1922-08-02) August 2, 1922 (age 93)
Richard Bryan 1989–2001 1 (1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 79)
John Ensign 2001–2011 1 (1958-03-25) March 25, 1958 (age 58)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Sharon was chosen U.S. Senator last Tuesday by the legislature of Nevada". Arizona Weekly Citizen (Tucson, AZ). January 16, 1875. p. 2. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ a b The Journal of the Assembly of the Tenth Session of the Legislature of the State of Nevada. Carson City, NV: State Printing Office. 1881. p. 30. 
  3. ^ Byrd, p. 137
  4. ^ "REID RETIRING". POLITICO. Retrieved March 28, 2016.