List of United States Senators from West Virginia

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This is a list of United States Senators from West Virginia. Its senators belong to Classes 1 and 2. West Virginia is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Shelley Moore Capito.

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.

# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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1 Peter G. Van Winkle - Brady-Handy.jpg
Peter G. Van Winkle
Unconditional Unionist August 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1869
Elected in 1863.

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1 38th Congress 1 Elected in 1863. August 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
Unconditional Unionist Waitman T. Willey - Brady-Handy.jpg
Waitman T. Willey
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39th Congress 2 Re-elected in 1865.

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March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
Republican
Republican 40th Congress
2 Arthur I. Boreman - Brady-Handy.jpg
Arthur I. Boreman
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1869.

Retired.
2 41st Congress
42nd Congress 3 Elected in 1870 or 1871 March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1883
Democratic Henry G. Davis - Brady-Handy.jpg
Henry G. Davis
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43rd Congress
3 Allen T. Caperton - Brady-Handy.jpg
Allen T. Caperton
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
July 26, 1876
Elected in 1874.

Died.
3 44th Congress
Vacant July 26, 1876 –
August 26, 1876
4 Samuel Price - Brady-Handy.jpg
Samuel Price
Democratic August 26, 1876 –
January 26, 1877
Appointed to continue Caperton's term.

Lost election to finish Caperton's term.
5 Frank Hereford - Brady-Handy.jpg
Frank Hereford
Democratic January 31, 1877 –
March 3, 1881
Elected to finish Caperton's term.

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45th Congress 4 Re-elected in 1877.

Retired.
46th Congress
6 Johnson N. Camden Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1887
Elected in 1880. 4 47th Congress
48th Congress 5 Elected in 1882 or 1883. March 4, 1883 –
January 11, 1893
Democratic John E. Kenna - Brady-Handy.jpg
John E. Kenna
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49th Congress
7 CharlesJFaulkner.jpg
Charles J. Faulkner
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1886. 5 50th Congress
51st Congress 6 Re-elected in 1888 or 1889.

Died.
52nd Congress
  January 11, 1893 –
March 3, 1893
Vacant
Re-elected in 1892.

Retired.
6 53rd Congress Elected to finish Kenna's term March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Democratic Johnson N. Camden 4
54th Congress 7 Elected in 1894 or 1895 March 4, 1895 –
January 4, 1911
Republican Stephen Benton Elkins Restore.jpg
Stephen B. Elkins
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55th Congress
8 NathanBScott.jpg
Nathan B. Scott
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1911
Elected in 1898. 7 56th Congress
57th Congress 8 Re-elected in 1900.
58th Congress
Re-elected in 1904.

Lost renomination.
8 59th Congress
60th Congress 9 Re-elected in 1906.

Died.
61st Congress
  January 4, 1911 –
January 9, 1911
Vacant
Appointed to continue his father's term.

Successor elected.
January 9, 1911 –
January 31, 1911
Republican DavisElkins.jpg
Davis Elkins
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Elected to finish Stephen Elkins's term.

Lost re-election.
February 1, 1911 –
March 3, 1913
Democratic CWWfromLOC.jpg
Clarence W. Watson
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9 William Edwin Chilton.jpg
William E. Chilton
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1917
Elected in 1910.

Lost re-election in 1916.
9 62nd Congress
63rd Congress 10   March 4, 1913 –
April 1, 1913
Vacant
Chose to take office late.

Retired.
April 1, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
Republican Nathan Goff, Jr. - Brady-Handy.jpg
Nathan Goff
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64th Congress
10 HowardSutherland.jpg
Howard Sutherland
Republican March 4, 1917 –
March 3, 1923
Elected in 1916.

Lost re-election in 1922.
10 65th Congress
66th Congress 11 Elected in 1918.

Retired.
March 4, 1919 –
March 3, 1925
Republican DavisElkins.jpg
Davis Elkins
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67th Congress
11 Matthewneely.jpg
Matthew M. Neely
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 3, 1929
Elected in 1922.

Lost re-election in 1928.
11 68th Congress
69th Congress 12 Elected in 1924.

Retired.
March 4, 1925 –
March 3, 1931
Republican Guy Despard Goff.jpg
Guy D. Goff
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70th Congress
12 Henry Hatfield.jpg
Henry D. Hatfield
Republican March 4, 1929 –
January 3, 1935
Elected in 1928.

Lost re-election in 1934.
12 71st Congress
72nd Congress 13 Elected in 1930. March 4, 1931 –
January 12, 1941
Democratic Matthewneely.jpg
Matthew M. Neely
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73rd Congress
Vacant January 3, 1935 –
June, 19, 1935
Senator-elect was not yet qualified to serve. 13 74th Congress
13 RushDHolt.jpg
Rush D. Holt, Sr.
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1934.

Could not take seat until reaching age 30 on June, 19, 1935

Lost renomination in 1940.
75th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1936.

Resigned.
76th Congress
14 Harley M. Kilgore.jpg
Harley M. Kilgore
Democratic January 3, 1941 –
February 28, 1956
Elected in 1940. 14 77th Congress
Appointed to continue Neely's term.

Lost election to finish Neely's term.
January 13, 1941 –
November 17, 1942
Democratic JosephRosier.jpg
Joseph Rosier
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Elected to finish Neely's term.

Retired.
November 18, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
Republican HughIShott.jpg
Hugh I. Shott
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78th Congress 15 Elected in 1942.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1949
Republican WilliamCRevercomb.jpg
W. Chapman Revercomb
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79th Congress
Re-elected in 1946. 15 80th Congress
81st Congress 16 Elected in 1948. January 3, 1949 –
January 8, 1958
Democratic Matthewneely.jpg
Matthew M. Neely
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82nd Congress
Re-elected in 1952.

Died.
16 83rd Congress
84th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1954.

Died.
Vacant February 28, 1956 –
March 13, 1956
 
15 WilliamRLaird.jpg
William R. Laird, III
Democratic March 13, 1956 –
November 6, 1956
Appointed to continue Kilgore's term.

Retired when successor elected.
16 WilliamCRevercomb.jpg
W. Chapman Revercomb
Republican November 7, 1956 –
January 3, 1959
Elected to finish Kilgore's term.

Lost re-election in 1958.
85th Congress
  January 8, 1958 –
January 25, 1958
Vacant
Appointed to continue Neely's term.

Lost election to finish Neely's term.
January 25, 1958 –
November 4, 1958
Republican JohnDHoblitzell.jpg
John D. Hoblitzell, Jr.
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Elected to finish Neely's term November 5, 1958 –
January 3, 1985
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Jennings Randolph
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Robert C. Byrd – 1977.jpg
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Robert Byrd
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
June 28, 2010
Elected in 1958. 17 86th Congress
87th Congress 18 Elected to full term in 1960.
88th Congress
Re-elected in 1964. 18 89th Congress
90th Congress 19 Re-elected in 1966.
91st Congress
Re-elected in 1970. 19 92nd Congress
93rd Congress 20 Re-elected in 1972.
94th Congress
Re-elected in 1976. 20 95th Congress
96th Congress 21 Re-elected in 1978.

Retired.
97th Congress
Re-elected in 1982. 21 98th Congress
99th Congress 22   January 3, 1985 –
January 15, 1985
Vacant
Elected in 1984, but delayed term to finish term as Governor of West Virginia January 15, 1985 –
January 3, 2015
Democratic Jay Rockefeller official photo.jpg
Jay Rockefeller
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100th Congress
Re-elected in 1988. 22 101st Congress
102nd Congress 23 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd Congress
Re-elected in 1994. 23 104th Congress
105th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1996.
106th Congress
Re-elected in 2000. 24 107th Congress
108th Congress 25 Re-elected in 2002.
109th Congress
Re-elected in 2006.

Died.
25 110th Congress
111th Congress 26 Re-elected in 2008.

Retired.
Vacant June 28, 2010 –
July 16, 2010
 
18 Carte Goodwin Official Photo.jpg
Carte Goodwin
Democratic July 16, 2010 –
November 15, 2010
Appointed to continue Byrd's term.

Retired when successor elected.
19 Joe Manchin, Official Senate Portrait.jpg
Joe Manchin
Democratic November 15, 2010 –
Present
Elected to finish Byrd's term.
112th Congress
Re-elected in 2012. 26 113th Congress
114th Congress 27 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
Republican Shelley Moore Capito official Senate photo.jpg
Shelley M. Capito
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115th Congress
To be determined in the 2018 election. 27 116th Congress
117th Congress 28 To be determined in the 2020 election.
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Living former U.S. Senators from West Virginia[edit]

As of April 2015, there are two liviing former Senators, one from Class 1 and one from Class 2.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Jay Rockefeller 1985–2015 2 (1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 78)
Carte Goodwin 2010 1 (1974-02-27) February 27, 1974 (age 41)

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