List of United States Senators from West Virginia

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Current delegation
since January 3, 2015

Below is a list of United States Senators from West Virginia. The state's U.S. Senators belong to Classes 1 and 2. West Virginia is currently represented in the Senate by Democrat Joe Manchin (serving since 2010) and Republican Shelley Moore Capito (serving since 2015).

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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Vacant June 19, 1863 –
August 4, 1863
West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 19, 1863 and elected its first Senators on August 4, 1863. 1 38th 1 West Virginia was admitted to the Union on June 19, 1863 and elected its first Senators on August 4, 1863. June 19, 1863 –
August 4, 1863
Vacant
1 Peter G. Van Winkle - Brady-Handy.jpg
Peter G. Van Winkle
Unconditional Unionist August 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1869
Elected in 1863. 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 2 Re-elected in 1865. March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
Republican
Republican 40th
2 Arthur I. Boreman - Brady-Handy.jpg
Arthur I. Boreman
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1875
Elected during the 1868/69 cycle.

Retired.
2 41st
42nd 3 Elected in 1871. March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1883
Democratic Henry G. Davis - Brady-Handy.jpg
Henry G. Davis
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43rd
3 Allen T. Caperton - Brady-Handy.jpg
Allen T. Caperton
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
July 26, 1876
Elected during the 1874/75 cycle.

Died.
3 44th
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.
Vacant January 26, 1877 –
January 31, 1877
Seat remained vacant until Price's successor qualified.
5 Frank Hereford - Brady-Handy.jpg
Frank Hereford
Democratic January 31, 1877 –
March 3, 1881
Elected January 26, 1877 to finish Caperton's term.
45th 4 Re-elected in 1877.

Retired.
46th
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Johnson N. Camden
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1887
Elected during the 1880/81 cycle. 4 47th
48th 5 Elected in 1883. March 4, 1883 –
January 11, 1893
Democratic John E. Kenna - Brady-Handy.jpg
John E. Kenna
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49th
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Charles J. Faulkner
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1887. 5 50th
51st 6 Re-elected in 1889.

Died.
52nd
  January 11, 1893 –
January 25, 1893
Vacant
Elected in 1893 to finish Kenna's term. January 25, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Democratic Johnson N. Camden.jpg
Johnson N. Camden
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Re-elected in 1893.

Retired.
6 53rd
54th 7 Elected January 23, 1895.[1] March 4, 1895 –
January 4, 1911
Republican Stephen Benton Elkins Restore.jpg
Stephen B. Elkins
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55th
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Nathan B. Scott
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1911
Elected January 25, 1899.[2] 7 56th
57th 8 Re-elected in 1901.
58th
Re-elected in 1905.

Lost renomination.
8 59th
60th 9 Re-elected in 1907.

Died.
61st
  January 4, 1911 –
January 9, 1911
Vacant
Appointed to continue his father's term. January 9, 1911 –
January 31, 1911
Republican DavisElkins.jpg
Davis Elkins
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Elected in 1911 to finish Stephen Elkins' 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 1911.

Lost re-election.
9 62nd
63rd 10   March 4, 1913 –
April 1, 1913
Vacant
Elected January 28, 1913, took office late.

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

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

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

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

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

Lost re-election.
12 71st
72nd 13 Elected in 1930. March 4, 1931 –
January 12, 1941
Democratic Matthewneely.jpg
Matthew M. Neely
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73rd
Vacant January 3, 1935 –
June 19, 1935
Senator-elect was not yet qualified to serve. 13 74th
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Rush 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.
75th 14 Re-elected in 1936.

Resigned.
76th
14 Harley M. Kilgore.jpg
Harley M. Kilgore
Democratic January 3, 1941 –
February 28, 1956
Elected in 1940. 14 77th
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 in 1942 to finish Neely's term.

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

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

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

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

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

Lost re-election.
85th
  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 in 1958 to finish Neely's term. November 5, 1958 –
January 3, 1985
Democratic Jennings Randolph headshot.jpg
Jennings Randolph
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Robert Byrd
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
June 28, 2010
Elected in 1958. 17 86th
87th 18 Re-elected in 1960.
88th
Re-elected in 1964. 18 89th
90th 19 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
Re-elected in 1970. 19 92nd
93rd 20 Re-elected in 1972.
94th
Re-elected in 1976. 20 95th
96th 21 Re-elected in 1978.

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

Died.
25 110th
111th 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 his successor was elected.
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Joe Manchin
Democratic November 15, 2010 –
Present
Elected in 2010 to finish Byrd's term.
112th
Re-elected in 2012. 26 113th
114th 27 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
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Shelley M. Capito
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115th
To be determined in the 2018 election. 27 116th
117th 28 To be determined in the 2020 election.
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Living former U.S. Senators from West Virginia[edit]

As of October 2016, there are two living former U.S. Senators from West Virginia, one from Class 1 and one from Class 2. The most recent Senator to die was Robert Byrd of Class 1 (1959–2010), who died in office on June 28, 2010. The most recent Class 2 Senator to die was Jennings Randolph (1958–1985) on May 8, 1998.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Jay Rockefeller 1985–2015 2 (1937-06-18) June 18, 1937 (age 81)
Carte Goodwin 2010 1 (1974-02-27) February 27, 1974 (age 44)

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