List of United States Senators in the 108th Congress by seniority

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This is a complete list of members of the United States Senate during the 108th United States Congress listed by seniority, from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2005.

Order of service is based on the commencement of the senator's first term. Behind this is former service as a senator (only giving the Senator seniority within his or her new incoming class), service as Vice President, a House member, a Cabinet secretary, or a state governor. The final factor is the population of the senator's state.[1][2][3][4][5]

Terms of Service[edit]

Class Terms of Service of Senators that will expire in years
Class 3 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 2005[6]
Class 1 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 2007[7]
Class 2 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 2009[8]

U.S. Senate Seniority List[edit]

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Senator (Party-State) Seniority Date Other Factors
1 Robert Byrd (D-WV) January 3, 1959
2 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) November 7, 1962
3 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) January 3, 1963
4 Ernest "Fritz" Hollings[9] (D-SC) November 9, 1966
5 Ted Stevens (R-AK) December 24, 1968
6 Pete Domenici (R-NM) January 3, 1973 New Mexico 37th Population (1970)
7 Joe Biden (D-DE) Delaware 46th Population (1970)
8 Patrick Leahy (D-VT) January 3, 1975
9 Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) January 3, 1977 Former Rep
10 Richard Lugar (R-IN) Indiana 11th Population (1970)
11 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Utah 36th Population (1970)
12 Max Baucus (D-MT) December 15, 1978
13 Thad Cochran (R-MS) December 27, 1978
14 John Warner (R-VA) January 2, 1979
15 Carl Levin (D-MI) January 3, 1979
16 Chris Dodd (D-CT) January 3, 1981 Former Rep (6 years) - Connecticut 24th Population (1970)
17 Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Former Rep (6 years) - Iowa 25th Population (1970)
18 Arlen Specter (R-PA) Pennsylvania 3rd Population (1970)
19 Don Nickles[9] (R-OK) Oklahoma 27th population (1970)
20 Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) January 3, 1983
21 John Kerry (D-MA) January 2, 1985
22 Tom Harkin (D-IA) January 3, 1985 Former Rep
23 Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
24 Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) January 15, 1985
25 John Breaux[9] (D-LA) January 3, 1987 Former Rep (14 years)
26 Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Former Rep (10 years)
27 Richard Shelby (R-AL) Former Rep (8 years) - Alabama 22nd population (1980)
28 Tom Daschle[9] (D-SD) Former Rep (8 years) - South Dakota 45th population (1980)
29 John McCain (R-AZ) Former Rep (4 years) - Arizona 29th Population (1980)
30 Harry Reid (D-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 43rd population (1980)
31 Bob Graham[9] (D-FL) Former Governor - Florida 4th population (1980)
32 Kit Bond (R-MO) Former Governor - Missouri 15th population (1980)
33 Kent Conrad (D-ND)
34 Trent Lott (R-MS) January 3, 1989 Former Rep (16 Years)
35 Jim Jeffords (I-VT) Former Rep (14 Years)
36 Herb Kohl (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th Population (1980)
37 Joe Lieberman[10] (ID-CT) Connecticut 25th Population (1980)
38 Conrad Burns (R-MT) Montana 44th Population (1980)
39 Daniel Akaka (D-HI) May 16, 1990
40 Larry Craig (R-ID) January 3, 1991
41 Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) November 10, 1992
42 Byron Dorgan (D-ND) December 15, 1992
43 Barbara Boxer (D-CA) January 3, 1993 Former Rep (10 years)
44 Judd Gregg (R-NH) Former Rep (8 years)
45 Ben Nighthorse Campbell[9] (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years)
46 Russ Feingold (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th Population (1990)
47 Patty Murray (D-WA) Washington 18th Population (1990)
48 Bob Bennett (R-UT) Utah 35th Population (1990)
49 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) June 14, 1993
50 Jim Inhofe (R-OK) November 17, 1994
51 Olympia Snowe (R-ME) January 3, 1995 Former Rep (16 years)
52 Mike DeWine (R-OH) Former Rep (8 years) - Ohio 7th Population (1990)
53 Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Former Rep (8 years) - Arizona 24th Population (1990)
54 Craig Thomas (R-WY) Former Rep (6 years)
55 Rick Santorum (R-PA) Former Rep (4 years)
56 Bill Frist (R-TN)
57 Ron Wyden (D-OR) February 6, 1996
58 Sam Brownback (R-KS) November 7, 1996
59 Pat Roberts (R-KS) January 3, 1997 Former Rep (16 years)
60 Richard Durbin (D-IL) Former Rep (14 years)
61 Tim Johnson (D-SD) Former Rep (10 years)
62 Wayne Allard (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years) - Colorado 26th Population (1990)
63 Jack Reed (D-RI) Former Rep (6 years) - Rhode Island 43rd Population (1990)
64 Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Louisiana 21st Population (1990)
65 Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Alabama 22nd Population (1990)
66 Gordon Smith (R-OR) Oregon 29th Population (1990)
67 Chuck Hagel (R-NE) Nebraska 36th population (1990)
68 Susan Collins (R-ME) Maine 38th population (1990)
69 Mike Enzi (R-WY) Wyoming 50th population (1990)
70 Chuck Schumer (D-NY) January 3, 1999 Former Rep (18 years)
71 Jim Bunning (R-KY) Former Rep (12 years)
72 Mike Crapo (R-ID) Former Rep (6 years)
73 Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Former Rep (4 years)
74 George Voinovich (R-OH) Former Governor - Ohio 7th population (1990)
75 Evan Bayh (D-IN) Former Governor - Indiana 14th population (1990)
76 Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL)[9] Illinois 6th population (1990)
77 John Edwards (D-NC)[9] North Carolina 10th population (1990)
78 Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) November 4, 1999
79 Zell Miller[9] (D-GA) July 27, 2000
80 Bill Nelson (D-FL) January 3, 2001 Former Rep (12 years)
81 Tom Carper (D-DE) Former Rep (10 years)
82 Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Former Rep (4 years) - Michigan 8th Population (1990)
83 John Ensign (R-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 39th Population (1990)
84 George Allen (R-VA) Former Rep (2 years) - Former Governor
85 Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Former Rep (2 years)
86 Ben Nelson (D-NE) Former Governor
87 Hillary Clinton (D-NY) New York 2nd Population (1990)
88 Jon Corzine (D-NJ) New Jersey 9th Population (1990)
89 Mark Dayton (D-MN) Minnesota 20th Population (1990)
90 Jim Talent (R-MO) November 25, 2002
91 John Cornyn[11] (R-TX) December 1, 2002 Texas 2nd Population
92 Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) December 20, 2002
93 Frank Lautenberg[12] (D-NJ) January 3, 2003 Previously a Senator
94 Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Former Rep (8 years) - Georgia 9th Population
95 Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Former Rep (8 years) - South Carolina 24th Population
96 John Sununu (R-NH) Former Rep (6 years)
97 Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Former Cabinet Secretary, Former Governor
98 Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) Former Cabinet Secretary
99 Norm Coleman (R-MN) Minnesota 21st Population
100 Mark Pryor (D-AR) Arkansas 32nd Population

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via www.Senate.gov
  2. ^ 1971 U.S Census Report Contains 1970 Census results.
  3. ^ 1981 U.S Census Report Contains 1980 Census results.
  4. ^ 1991 U.S Census Report Contains 1990 Census results.
  5. ^ 2000 Census State Population Rankings
  6. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 2005.
  7. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 2007.
  8. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 2009.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i Retired or defeated in 2004 Election.
  10. ^ Lieberman was a Democrat before 2007. Afterwards, he became an independent, referring to himself as an independent democrat.
  11. ^ Phil Gramm resigned early, effective November 30, 2002, so that Cornyn could take senate office on December 2, 2002 and move into Gramm's office suite in order to begin organizing his staff. Cornyn did not, however, gain seniority, owing to a 1980 Rules Committee policy that no longer gave seniority to senators who entered Congress early for the purpose of gaining advantageous office space.
  12. ^ Frank Lautenberg served a previous term as U.S. Senator from New Jersey from January 1983 to January 2001, but under the rules, does not retain seniority from that prior service. Lautenberg has sought restoration of his seniority based on his prior service, but has not received it."Lieberman says he has been promised seniority", via HillNews.com

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