List of United States Senators in the 92nd Congress by seniority

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This is a complete list of members of the United States Senate during the 92nd United States Congress listed by seniority, from January 3, 1971 to January 3, 1973.

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]

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 1972 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

Terms of Service[edit]

This article is about the terms of service of Senators that will expire in years. For A list of special elections to the United States Senate, see List of special elections to the United States Senate.
Class Terms of Service of Senators that will expire in years
Class 2 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1973[4]
Class 3 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1975[5]
Class 1 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1977[6]

U.S. Senate Seniority List[edit]

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Senator (Party-State) Seniority Date Other Factors
1 Richard Russell, Jr.[7] (D-GA) January 12, 1933
2 Allen J. Ellender[8] (D-LA) January 3, 1937
3 George Aiken (R-VT) January 10, 1941
4 James Eastland (D-MS) January 3, 1943 Previously A Senator
5 John Little McClellan (D-AR)
6 Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA) December 14, 1944
7 J. William Fulbright (D-AR) January 3, 1945
8 Milton Young (R-ND) March 12, 1945
9 John Sparkman (D-AL) November 6, 1946
10 John C. Stennis (D-MS) November 17, 1947
11 Karl Mundt (R-SD) December 31, 1948 Former Rep (9 Years)
12 Russell B. Long (D-LA)
13 Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) January 3, 1949 Former Rep (8 Years, 7 Months)
14 Clinton Anderson (D-NM) Former Cabinet Secretary
15 John O. Pastore (D-RI) December 19, 1950
16 Wallace F. Bennett (R-UT) January 3, 1951
17 Henry M. Jackson (D-WA) January 3, 1953 Former Rep (12 Years)
18 Mike Mansfield (D-MT) Former Rep (10 Years)
19 Stuart Symington (D-MO)
20 Sam Ervin (D-NC) June 5, 1954
21 Norris Cotton (R-NH) November 8, 1954 Former Rep (7 Years, 10 Months)
22 Roman Hruska (R-NE) Former Rep (1 Year, 10 Months)
23 Alan Bible (D-NV) December 2, 1954
24 Carl Curtis (R-NE) January 1, 1955
25 Clifford P. Case (R-NJ) January 3, 1955 Former Rep (8 Years)
26 Gordon L. Allott (R-CO)
27 John Sherman Cooper (R-KY) November 7, 1956 Previously A Senator (twice) (total tenure 4 Years, 4 Months)
28 Strom Thurmond (R-SC) Previously A Senator (1 Year, 3 Months)
29 Herman Talmadge (D-GA) January 3, 1957 Former Governor
30 Frank Church (D-ID)
31 Jacob K. Javits (R-NY) January 9, 1957
32 William Proxmire (D-WI) August 28, 1957
33 Ben Jordan (D-NC) April 19, 1958
34 Jennings Randolph (D-WV) November 5, 1958
35 Hugh Scott (R-PA) January 3, 1959 Former Rep (18 Years)
36 Winston L. Prouty[9] (R-VT) Former Rep (8 Years)
37 Robert Byrd (D-WV) Former Rep (6 years)
38 Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ) Former Rep (4 years)
39 Edmund Muskie (D-ME) Former Governor
40 Philip Hart (D-MI) Michigan 7th Population (1950)
41 Vance Hartke (D-IN) Indiana 11th Population (1950)
42 Frank Moss (D-UT) Utah 38th Population (1950)
43 Gale W. McGee (D-WY) Wyoming 48th Population (1950)
44 Howard Cannon (D-NV) Nevada 49th Population (1950)
45 Hiram Fong (R-HI) August 21, 1959
46 Quentin Northrup Burdick (D-ND) August 8, 1960
47 Lee Metcalf (D-MT) January 3, 1961 Former Rep (8 years)
48 James Boggs (R-DE) Former Rep (6 Years)
49 Jack Miller (R-IA) Iowa 22nd Population (1950)
50 Claiborne Pell (D-RI) Rhode Island 36th Population (1950)
51 John Tower (R-TX) June 15, 1961
52 James B. Pearson (R-KS) January 31, 1962
53 Leonard B. Jordan (R-ID) August 6, 1962
54 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) November 7, 1962 Massachusetts 9th Population (1960)
55 Thomas J. McIntyre (D-NH) New Hampshire 45th Population (1960)
56 Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-CT) January 3, 1963 Former Rep (14 Years), Former Cabinet Secretary, Former Governor
57 George McGovern (D-SD) Former Rep (14 Years)
58 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Former Rep (4 Years)
59 Peter H. Dominick (R-CO) Former Rep (2 Years)
60 Birch Bayh (D-IN)
61 Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) January 7, 1963
62 Joseph Montoya (D-NM) November 4, 1964 Former Rep (7 Years)
63 Fred R. Harris (D-OK)
64 Walter Mondale (D-MN) December 30, 1964
65 Paul Fannin (R-AZ) January 3, 1965
66 Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (I-VA) November 12, 1965
67 Robert P. Griffin (R-MI) May 11, 1966
68 Ernest Hollings (D-SC) November 9, 1966
69 William B. Spong, Jr. (D-VA) December 31, 1966
70 Clifford Hansen (R-WY) January 3, 1967 Former Governor
71 Charles H. Percy (R-IL) Illinois 4th Population (1960)
72 Edward Brooke (R-MA) Massachusetts 9th Population (1960)
73 Howard Baker (R-TN) Tennessee 17th Population (1960)
74 Mark Hatfield (R-OR) January 10, 1967
75 Marlow Cook (R-KY) December 17, 1968
76 Ted Stevens (R-AK) December 24, 1968
77 Thomas Eagleton (D-MO) December 28, 1968
78 Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) January 3, 1969 Previously A Senator
79 Richard Schweiker (R-PA) Former Rep (8 years) - Pennsylvania 3rd Population (1969)
80 Charles Mathias (R-MD) Former Rep (8 years) - Maryland 21st Population (1960)
81 Bob Dole (R-KS) Former Rep (8 years) - Kansas 29th Population (1960)
82 Edward J. Gurney (R-FL) Former Rep (6 Years)
83 Harold Hughes (D-IA) Former Governor, Iowa 24th Population (1960)
84 Henry Bellmon (R-OK) Former Governor, Oklahoma 27th Population (1960)
85 Alan Cranston (D-CA) California 2nd Population (1960)
86 William B. Saxbe (R-OH) Ohio 5th Population (1960)
87 James Allen (D-AL) Alabama 19th Population (1960)
88 Bob Packwood (R-OR) Oregon 32nd Population (1960)
89 Mike Gravel (D-AK) Alaska 50th Population (1960)
90 Adlai Stevenson III (D-IL) November 17, 1970
91 Bill Roth (R-DE) January 1, 1971
92 John V. Tunney (D-CA) January 2, 1971
93 Hubert Humphrey (R-MN) January 3, 1971 Previously a Senator, Former VP
94 Robert Taft, Jr. (R-OH) Former Rep (8 Years) - Ohio 5th Population (1960)
95 Bill Brock (R-TN) Former Rep (8 Years) - Tennessee 17th Population (1960)
96 Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) Former Rep (6 Years)
97 John Glenn Beall, Jr. (R-MD) Former Rep (2 Years) - Maryland 21st Population (1960)
98 Lowell Weicker (R-CT) Former Rep (2 Years) - Connecticut 25th Population (1960)
99 James L. Buckley (C/R-NY) New York 1st Population (1960)
99 Lawton Chiles (D-FL) Florida 10th Population (1960)
David H. Gambrell (D-GA) February 1, 1971
Robert Stafford (R-VT) September 16, 1971
Elaine S. Edwards (D-LA) August 1, 1972
Sam Nunn (D-GA) November 8, 1972
Bennett Johnston Jr. (D-LA) November 14, 1972

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via www.Senate.gov
  2. ^ 1951 U.S Census Report Contains 1950 Census results
  3. ^ 1961 U.S Census Report Contains 1960 Census results.
  4. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1973.
  5. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1975.
  6. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1977.
  7. ^ Senator Russell died on January 21, 1971
  8. ^ Senator Ellender died on July 27, 1972
  9. ^ Senator Prouty died on September 10, 1971

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