List of United States Senators in the 86th Congress by seniority

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This is a complete list of members of the United States Senate during the 86th United States Congress listed by seniority, from January 3, 1959 to January 3, 1961.

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 governor of a state. The final factor is the population of the senator's state.[1][2][3][4]

Senators who were sworn in in the middle of the two-year congressional term (up until the last senator who was not sworn in early after winning the November 1960 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

Terms of Service[edit]

Class Terms of Service of Senators that will expire in years
Class 2 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1961[5]
Class 3 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1963[6]
Class 1 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1965[7]

U.S. Senate Seniority List[edit]

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Senator (Party-State) Seniority Date Other Factors
1 Carl Hayden (D-AZ) March 4, 1927
2 Richard Russell, Jr. (D-GA) January 12, 1933
3 Harry F. Byrd Sr. (D-VA) March 4, 1933
4 James Murray (D-MT) November 7, 1934
5 Dennis Chavez (D-NM) May 11, 1935
6 Theodore F. Green (D-RI) January 3, 1937 Former Governor, Rhode Island 37th Population (1930)
7 Styles Bridges (R-NH) Former Governor, New Hampshire 41st Population (1930)
8 Allen J. Ellender (D-LA)
9 Joseph Hill (D-AL) January 11, 1938
10 Alexander Wiley (R-WI) January 3, 1939
11 William Langer[8] (R-ND) January 3, 1941
12 George Aiken (R-VT) January 10, 1941
13 James Eastland (D-MS) January 3, 1943 Previously A Senator
14 John Little McClellan (D-AR)
15 Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA) December 14, 1944
16 J. William Fulbright (D-AR) January 3, 1945 Former Rep (2 Years)
17 Bourke B. Hickenlooper (R-IA) Former Governor, Iowa 20th Population (1940)
18 Olin D. Johnston (D-SC) Former Governor, South Carolina 26th Population (1940)
19 Homer E. Capehart (R-IN) Indiana 12th Population (1940)
20 Wayne Morse (D-OR) Oregon 34th Population (1940)
21 Leverett Saltonstall (R-MA) January 4, 1945
22 Milton Young (R-ND) March 12, 1945
23 Spessard Holland (D-FL) September 24, 1946
24 A. Willis Robertson (D-VA) November 6, 1946 Former Rep (13 Years, 10 Months)
25 John Sparkman (D-AL) Former Rep (9 Years, 10 Months)
26 John J. Williams (R-DE) January 3, 1947
27 John C. Stennis (D-MS) November 17, 1947
28 Karl Mundt (R-SD) December 31, 1948 Former Rep (9 Years)
29 Russell B. Long (D-LA)
30 Lyndon Johnson[9] (D-TX) January 3, 1949 Former Rep (12 Years)
31 Estes Kefauver (D-TN) Former Rep (10 Years)
32 Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) Former Rep (8 Years, 7 Months)
33 Clinton Anderson (D-NM) Former Cabinet Secretary
34 Robert S. Kerr[10] (D-OK) Former Governor, Oklahoma 22nd Population (1940)
35 Andrew F. Schoeppel (R-KS) Former Governor, Kansas 29th Population (1940)
36 Paul Douglas (D-IL) Illinois 3rd Population (1940)
37 Hubert Humphrey (D-MN) Minnesota 18th Population (1940)
38 Joseph Frear, Jr. (D-DE) Delaware 47th Population (1940)
39 Henry Dworshak (R-ID) October 14, 1949
40 Frank Carlson (R-KS) November 27, 1950
41 John O. Pastore (D-RI) December 19, 1950
42 Everett Dirksen (R-IL) January 3, 1951 Former Rep (16 Years)
43 Francis H. Case (R-SD) Former Rep (14 Years)
44 Almer Monroney (D-OK) Former Rep (12 years)
45 Thomas C. Hennings, Jr.[11] (D-MO) Former Rep (6 Years)
46 George Smathers (D-FL) Former Rep (4 Years)
47 John M. Butler (R-MD) Maryland 28th Population (1940)
48 Wallace F. Bennett (R-UT) Utah 40th Population (1940)
49 Prescott Bush (R-CT) November 5, 1952
50 Thomas Kuchel (R-CA) January 2, 1953
51 Albert Gore, Sr. (D-TN) January 3, 1953 Former Rep (14 Years)
52 Henry M. Jackson (D-WA) Former Rep (12 Years)
53 James Glenn Beall (R-MD) Former Rep (10 Years), Maryland 24th Population (1950)
54 Mike Mansfield (D-MT) Former Rep (10 Years), Montana 42nd Population (1950)
55 John F. Kennedy[12] (D-MA) Former Rep (6 Years)
56 Stuart Symington (D-MO) Missouri 12th Population (1950)
57 Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) Arizona 37th Population (1950)
58 Sam Ervin (D-NC) June 5, 1954
59 Norris Cotton (R-NH) November 8, 1954 Former Rep (7 Years, 10 Months)
60 Roman Hruska (R-NE) Former Rep (1 Year, 10 Months)
61 Joseph O'Mahoney (D-WY) November 29, 1954
62 Alan Bible (D-NV) December 2, 1954
63 Carl Curtis (R-NE) January 1, 1955
64 Clifford P. Case (R-NJ) January 3, 1955 Former Rep (8 Years)
65 Thomas Martin (R-IA) Former Rep (6 Years)
66 Patrick V. McNamara (D-MI) Maryland 24th Population (1950)
67 Richard L. Neuberger[13] (D-OR) Oregon 31st Population (1950)
68 Gordon L. Allott (R-CO) Colorado 32nd Population (1950)
69 John Sherman Cooper (R-KY) November 7, 1956 Previously A Senator (twice) (total tenure 4 Years, 4 Months)
70 Strom Thurmond (D-SC) Previously A Senator (1 Year, 3 Months)
71 Thruston Ballard Morton (R-KY) January 3, 1957 Former Rep (6 Years)
72 John A. Carroll (D-CO) Former Rep (4 Years)
73 Frank J. Lausche (D-OH) Former Governor, Ohio 5th Population (1950)
74 Herman Talmadge (D-GA) Former Governor, Georgia 13th Population (1950)
75 Joseph S. Clark (D-PA) Pennsylvania 3rd Population (1950)
76 Frank Church (D-ID) Idaho 43rd Population (1950)
77 Jacob K. Javits (R-NY) January 9, 1957
78 Ralph Yarborough (D-TX) April 29, 1957
79 William Proxmire (D-WI) August 28, 1957
80 Ben Jordan (D-NC) April 19, 1958
81 Jennings Randolph (D-WV) November 5, 1958
82 Hugh Scott (R-PA) January 3, 1959 Former Rep (18 Years)
83 Clair Engle (D-CA) Former Rep (15 Years, 4 Months)
84 Kenneth Keating (R-NY) Former Rep (12 Years)
85 Eugene McCarthy (D-MN) Former Rep (10 Years)
86 Stephen Young (D-OH) Former Rep (8 Years), Ohio 5th Population (1950)
87 Winston L. Prouty (R-VT) Former Rep (8 Years), Vermont 46th Population (1950)
88 Robert Byrd (D-WV) Former Rep (6 years)
89 Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ) Former Rep (4 years), New Jersey 8th Population (1950)
90 Thomas J. Dodd (D-CT) Former Rep (4 years), Connecticut 34th Population (1950)
91 Edward L. Bartlett (D-AK) Former Delegate
92 Edmund Muskie (D-ME) Former Governor, Maine 35th Population (1950)
93 Ernest Gruening (D-AK) Former Territorial Governor, Alaska 50th Population (1950)
94 Philip Hart (D-MI) Michigan 7th Population (1950)
95 Vance Hartke (D-IN) Indiana 11th Population (1950)
96 Frank Moss (D-UT) Utah 38th Population (1950)
97 Gale W. McGee (D-WY) Wyoming 48th Population (1950)
98 Howard Cannon (D-NV) Nevada 49th Population (1950)
99 Oren E. Long (R-HI) August 21, 1959 Former Territorial Governor
100 Hiram Fong (R-HI)
  C. Norman Brunsdale[14] (R-ND) November 19, 1959
  Hall S. Lusk (D-OR) March 16, 1960
  Quentin Northrup Burdick (D-ND) August 8, 1960
  Edward V. Long (D-MO) September 23, 1960
  Maurine Neuberger (D-OR) November 9, 1960
  Benjamin A. Smith II (D-MA) December 27, 1960

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via www.Senate.gov
  2. ^ 1931 U.S Census Report Contains 1930 Census results
  3. ^ 1941 U.S Census Report Contains 1940 Census results
  4. ^ 1951 U.S Census Report Contains 1950 Census results
  5. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1961.
  6. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1963.
  7. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1965.
  8. ^ Senator Langer died on November 8, 1959
  9. ^ Senator Johnson stepped down on January 3, 1961 to become Vice President of the United States.
  10. ^ Senator Kerr died on January 1, 1963. His replacement was not sworn in until after the beginning of the next Senate.
  11. ^ Senator Hennings died on September 13, 1960
  12. ^ Senator Kennedy stepped down on December 22, 1960 to become President of the United States.
  13. ^ Senator Neuberger died on March 9, 1960
  14. ^ Senator Brunsdale lost a special election and stepped down on August 7, 1960

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