List of United States Senators from North Carolina

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North Carolina ratified the Constitution on November 21, 1789, after the beginning of the 1st Congress. Its current senators are Republicans Thom Tillis and Richard Burr.

List of Senators[edit]

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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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.

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1 NC-Congress-SamuelJohnston.JPG
Samuel Johnston
Pro-
Administration
November 27, 1789 –
March 3, 1793
Elected in 1789.

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1 1st Congress 1 Elected in 1789.

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November 27, 1789 –
March 3, 1795
Pro-
Administration
NC-Congress-BenjaminHawkins.jpg
Benjamin Hawkins
1
2nd Congress
2 NCG-AlexanderMartin.jpg
Alexander Martin
Anti-
Administration
March 4, 1793 –
March 3, 1799
Elected in 1792.

Lost re-election.
2 3rd Congress Anti-
Administration
Democratic-
Republican
4th Congress 2 Elected in 1794.

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March 4, 1795 –
March 3, 1801
Democratic-
Republican
Timothy Bloodworth 2
5th Congress
3 Jesse Franklin Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1799 –
March 3, 1805
Elected in 1799.

Lost re-election.
3 6th Congress
7th Congress 3 Elected in 1800.

Resigned to return to the State Superior Court.
March 4, 1801 –
February 17, 1807[1]
Democratic-
Republican
NC-Congress-DavidStone.jpg
David Stone
3
8th Congress
4 James Turner Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 –
November 21, 1816
Elected in 1804 4 9th Congress
  February 17, 1807[1]
March 3, 1807
Vacant
10th Congress 4 Elected in 1806.

Retired.
March 4, 1807 –
March 3, 1813
Democratic-
Republican
Jesse Franklin 4
11th Congress
Re-elected in 1811.

Resigned due to ill health.
5 12th Congress
13th Congress 5 Elected in 1813.

Resigned.
March 4, 1813 –
December 24, 1814
Democratic-
Republican
NC-Congress-DavidStone.jpg
David Stone
5
  December 24, 1814 –
December 1814
Vacant
Elected to finish Stone's term.

Resigned without having qualified.
December 1814 –
December 5, 1815
Democratic-
Republican
Francis Locke, Jr. 6
14th Congress
  December 5, 1815 –
December 13, 1815
Vacant
Elected to finish Locke's term. December 13, 1815 –
November 14, 1828
Democratic-
Republican
NC-Congress-NathanielMacon.jpg
Nathaniel Macon
7
Vacant November 21, 1816 –
December 4, 1816
5 NCG-MontfortStokes.jpg
Montfort Stokes
Democratic-
Republican
December 4, 1816 –
March 3, 1823
Elected to finish Turner's term.
Elected to full term in 1816.

Lost re-election.
6 15th Congress
16th Congress 6 Elected to full term in 1819
17th Congress
6 JohnBranch2.jpg
John Branch
Crawford
Republican
March 4, 1823 –
March 9, 1829
Elected in 1822 7 18th Congress Crawford
Republican
Jacksonian 19th Congress 7 Re-elected in 1825.

Resigned.
Jacksonian
20th Congress
  November 14, 1828 –
December 15, 1828
Vacant
Elected to finish Macon's term.

Retired.
December 15, 1828 –
March 3, 1831
Jacksonian James Iredell, Jr. 8
Re-elected in 1828.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Navy.
8 21st Congress
Vacant March 9, 1829 –
December 9, 1829
7 BedfordBrown.jpg
Bedford Brown
Jacksonian December 9, 1829 –
November 16, 1840
Elected to finish Branch's term.
22nd Congress 8 Elected in 1830.

Resigned.
March 4, 1831 –
March 19, 1836
Jacksonian Willie p magnum.jpg
Willie Mangum
9
23rd Congress Anti-Jacksonian
Re-elected in 1835.

Resigned rather than disobey instructions from the N.C. General Assembly.
9 24th Congress
  March 19, 1836 –
December 5, 1836
Vacant
Elected to finish Mangum's term. December 5, 1836 –
November 16, 1840
Jacksonian NC-Congress-RogerStrange.jpg
Robert Strange
10
Democratic 25th Congress 9 Elected to full term in 1836.

Resigned rather than disobey instructions from the N.C. General Assembly.
Democratic
26th Congress
Vacant November 16, 1840 –
November 25, 1840
    November 16, 1840 –
November 25, 1840
Vacant
8 Willie p magnum.jpg
Willie Mangum
Whig November 25, 1840 –
March 3, 1853
Elected to finish Brown's term. Elected to finish Strange's term.

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November 25, 1840 –
March 3, 1843
Whig William Alexander Graham - Brady-Handy.jpg
William Alexander Graham
11
Elected in 1841 10 27th Congress
28th Congress 10 Elected in 1843.

Resigned rather than disobey instructions from the N.C. General Assembly.
March 4, 1843 –
July 25, 1846
Democratic NC-Congress-WilliamHenryHaywoodJr.jpg
William H. Haywood, Jr.
12
29th Congress
  July 25, 1846 –
November 25, 1846
Vacant
Elected to finish Haywood's term. November 25, 1846 –
March 3, 1855
Whig GEBadger-portrait.jpg
George Badger
13
Re-elected in 1847.

Lost re-election.
11 30th Congress
31st Congress 11 Re-elected in 1849.

Retired.
32nd Congress
Vacant March 4, 1853 –
December 6, 1854
Legislature failed to elect 12 33rd Congress
9 David Reid Democratic December 6, 1854 –
March 3, 1859
Elected to finish vacant term.

Lost re-election.
34th Congress 12 Elected in 1855.

Resigned to become U.S. District Court Judge.
March 4, 1855 –
May 5, 1858
Democratic NC-Congress-AsaBiggs.jpg
Asa Biggs
14
35th Congress
  May 5, 1858 –
May 7, 1858
Vacant
Appointed to continue Biggs's term. May 7, 1858 –
March 11, 1861
Democratic Thomas Lanier Clingman - Brady-Handy.jpg
Thomas Clingman
15
Elected November 23, 1858 to finish Biggs's term.
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Thomas Bragg
Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 6, 1861
Elected in 1858 or 1859.

Resigned and subsequently expelled for support of the Confederate States.
13 36th Congress
37th Congress 13 Re-elected in 1861.

Resigned and subsequently expelled for support of the Confederate States.
Civil War and Reconstruction March 11, 1861 –
July 14, 1868
Vacant
Vacant July 11, 1861 –
July 14, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction
38th Congress
14 39th Congress
40th Congress 14
11 Joseph Carter Abbott - Brady-Handy.jpg
Joseph Abbott
Republican July 14, 1868 –
March 3, 1871
Elected in 1868 to finish vacant term.

Lost renomination.
Elected in 1868 to finish vacant term.

Retired.
July 14, 1868 –
March 3, 1873
Republican John Pool-photograph.jpeg
John Pool
16
41st Congress
Vacant March 4, 1871 –
January 30, 1872
Legislature failed to elect 15 42nd Congress
12 Matt Whitaker Ransom - Brady-Handy.jpg
Matt W. Ransom
Democratic January 30, 1872 –
March 3, 1895
Elected to finish vacant term.
43rd Congress 15 Elected in 1872.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
Democratic Augustus Merrimon.jpg
Augustus Merrimon
17
44th Congress
Re-elected in 1876 16 45th Congress
46th Congress 16 Elected in 1879 March 4, 1879 –
April 14, 1894
Democratic Zebulon Vance 18
47th Congress
Re-elected in 1883 17 48th Congress
49th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1884
50th Congress
Re-elected in 1889.

Lost re-election.
18 51st Congress
52nd Congress 18 Re-elected in 1890.

Died.
53rd Congress
  April 14, 1894 –
April 19, 1894
Vacant
Appointed to continue Vance's term.

Successor qualified.
April 19, 1894 –
January 23, 1895
Democratic ThomasJordanJarvis.jpg
Thomas J. Jarvis
19
Elected to finish Vance's term. January 23, 1895 –
March 3, 1903
Republican Jeter Connelly Pritchard.jpg
Jeter Pritchard
20
13 NC-Congress-MarionButler.jpg
Marion Butler
Populist March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in 1894.

Lost re-election.
19 54th Congress
55th Congress 19 Elected to full term in 1897.

Lost re-election.
56th Congress
14 Furnifold McLendel Simmons.jpg
Furnifold M. Simmons
Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1931
Elected in 1900 20 57th Congress
58th Congress 20 Elected in 1903 March 4, 1903 –
December 12, 1930
Democratic Lee salter overman.jpg
Lee S. Overman
21
59th Congress
Re-elected in 1906 21 60th Congress
61st Congress 21 Re-elected in 1909
62nd Congress
Re-elected in 1912 22 63rd Congress
64th Congress 22 Re-elected in 1914
65th Congress
Re-elected in 1918 23 66th Congress
67th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1920
68th Congress
Re-elected in 1924.

Lost renomination.
24 69th Congress
70th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1926.

Died.
71st Congress
Appointed to continue Overman's term.

Lost election to finish Overman's term.
December 13, 1930 –
December 4, 1932
Democratic Cameron A. Morrison.jpg
Cameron A. Morrison
22
15 Josiah Bailey.jpg
Josiah Bailey
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
December 15, 1946
Elected in 1930 25 72nd Congress
Elected to finish Overman's term. December 5, 1932 –
January 3, 1945
Democratic Robert Rice Reynolds.jpg
Robert Reynolds
23
73rd Congress 25 Elected to full term in 1932
74th Congress
Re-elected in 1936 26 75th Congress
76th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1938.

Retired.
77th Congress
Re-elected in 1942.

Died.
27 78th Congress
79th Congress 27 Elected in 1944 January 3, 1945 –
May 12, 1954
Democratic Clyde Hoey.jpg
Clyde R. Hoey
24
Vacant December 15, 1946 –
December 18, 1946
16 William Bradley Umstead.jpg
William B. Umstead
Democratic December 18, 1946 –
December 30, 1948
Appointed to continue Bailey's term.

Lost election to finish Bailey's term.
80th Congress
17 Melville Broughton.jpg
J. Melville Broughton
Democratic December 31, 1948 –
March 6, 1949
Elected to finish Bailey's term.
Elected to full term in 1948.

Died.
28 81st Congress
Vacant March 6, 1949 –
March 29, 1949
18 Frank Porter Graham.jpg
Frank Graham
Democratic March 29, 1949 –
November 26, 1950
Appointed to continue Broughton's term.

Lost nomination to finish Broughton's term.
19 Willissmith.JPG
Willis Smith
Democratic November 27, 1950 –
June 26, 1953
Elected to finish Broughton's term.

Died.
82nd Congress 28 Re-elected in 1950.

Died.
83rd Congress
  May 12, 1954 –
June 5, 1954
Vacant
Appointed to continue Hoey's term
Elected to finish Hoey's term.
June 5, 1954 –
December 31, 1974
Democratic Sam Ervin.jpg
Sam Ervin
25
Vacant June 26, 1953 –
July 10, 1953
20 Alton Lennon.jpg
Alton A. Lennon
Democratic July 10, 1953 –
November 28, 1954
Appointed to continue Smith's term.

Lost nomination to finish Smith's term.
21 W. Kerr Scott.jpg
W. Kerr Scott
Democratic November 29, 1954 –
April 16, 1958
Elected to finish Smith's term.
Elected to full term in 1954.

Died.
29 84th Congress
85th Congress 29 Re-elected in 1956
Vacant April 16, 1958 –
April 19, 1958
22 B. Everett Jordan.jpg
B. Everett Jordan
Democratic April 19, 1958 –
January 3, 1973
Appointed to continue Scott's term.

Elected to finish Scott's term.
86th Congress
Re-elected in 1960 30 87th Congress
88th Congress 30 Re-elected in 1962
89th Congress
Re-elected in 1966.

Lost renomination.
31 90th Congress
91st Congress 31 Re-elected in 1968.

Retired and resigned early.
92nd Congress
23 JesseHelms.jpg
Jesse Helms
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1972 32 93rd Congress
  December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
Vacant
94th Congress 32 Elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
Democratic Robert Burren Morgan.jpg
Robert B. Morgan
26
95th Congress
Re-elected in 1978 33 96th Congress
97th Congress 33 Elected in 1980.

Died.
January 3, 1981 –
June 29, 1986
Republican John Porter East.jpg
John P. East
27
98th Congress
Re-elected in 1984 34 99th Congress
  June 29, 1986 –
July 14, 1986
Vacant
Appointed to continue East's term.

Lost election to finish East's term.
July 14, 1986 –
November 4, 1986
Republican James Broyhill.jpg
James T. Broyhill
28
Elected to finish East's term. November 5, 1986 –
January 3, 1993
Democratic Terry Sanford.jpg
Terry Sanford
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100th Congress 34 Elected to full term in 1986.

Lost re-election.
101st Congress
Re-elected in 1990 35 102nd Congress
103rd Congress 35 Elected in 1992.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
Republican Lauch Faircloth.jpg
Lauch Faircloth
30
104th Congress
Re-elected in 1996.

Retired.
36 105th Congress
106th Congress 36 Elected in 1998.

Retired to run for president.
January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2005
Democratic John Edwards, official Senate photo portrait.jpg
John Edwards
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107th Congress
24 Elizabeth Dole official photo.jpg
Elizabeth Dole
Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2009
Elected in 2002.

Lost re-election.
37 108th Congress
109th Congress 37 Elected in 2004 January 3, 2005 –
Present
Republican Richard Burr official photo.jpg
Richard Burr
32
110th Congress
25 Kay Hagan official photo.jpg
Kay Hagan
Democratic January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 2008.

Lost re-election.
38 111th Congress
112th Congress 38 Re-elected in 2010
113th Congress
26 Senator Thom Tillis Official Portrait.jpg
Thom Tillis
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014 39 114th Congress
115th Congress 39 To be decided in the 2016 election.
116th Congress
To be decided in the 2020 election. 40 117th Congress
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Class 2 Class 3

Living former Senators[edit]

As of April 2015, there are five living former Senators, two from Class 2 and three from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was Robert Burren Morgan (1975-1981) of Class 3 on July 16, 2016. The most recent Class 2 senator to die was Jesse Helms (1973-2003) on July 4, 2008. The most recently serving Class 3 senator to die was Terry Sanford (1986-1993) on April 18, 1998.

Senator Years in office Class Date of birth (and age)
Jim Broyhill July 14, 1986 – November 4, 1986 3 (1927-08-19) August 19, 1927 (age 88)
Lauch Faircloth January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1999 3 (1928-01-14) January 14, 1928 (age 88)
John Edwards January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2005 3 (1953-06-10) June 10, 1953 (age 63)
Elizabeth Dole January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009 2 (1936-07-29) July 29, 1936 (age 79)
Kay Hagan January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015 2 (1953-05-26) May 26, 1953 (age 63)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b This date is approximate. Stone's resignation letter was read on February 17, but it could have been delivered on as early as February 11, 1807, according to the Annals of Congress (pages 66 to 68).

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