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 includes the population of senator's state.[1][2][3]

Senators who were sworn in during 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]

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 representative (9 years)
12 Russell B. Long (D-LA)
13 Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME) January 3, 1949 Former representative (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 representative (12 years)
18 Mike Mansfield (D-MT) Former representative (10 years)
19 Stuart Symington (D-MO)
20 Sam Ervin (D-NC) June 5, 1954
21 Norris Cotton (R-NH) November 8, 1954 Former representative (7 years, 10 months)
22 Roman Hruska (R-NE) Former representative (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 representative (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 representative (18 years)
36 Winston L. Prouty[9] (R-VT) Former representative (8 years)
37 Robert Byrd (D-WV) Former representative (6 years)
38 Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ) Former representative (4 years)
39 Edmund Muskie (D-ME) Former governor
40 Philip Hart (D-MI) Michigan 7th in population (1950)
41 Vance Hartke (D-IN) Indiana 11th in population (1950)
42 Frank Moss (D-UT) Utah 38th in population (1950)
43 Gale W. McGee (D-WY) Wyoming 48th in population (1950)
44 Howard Cannon (D-NV) Nevada 49th in 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 representative (8 years)
48 James Boggs (R-DE) Former representative (6 years)
49 Jack Miller (R-IA) Iowa 22nd in population (1950)
50 Claiborne Pell (D-RI) Rhode Island 36th in 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 in population (1960)
55 Thomas J. McIntyre (D-NH) New Hampshire 45th in population (1960)
56 Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-CT) January 3, 1963 Former representative (4 years), former cabinet secretary, former governor
57 George McGovern (D-SD) Former representative (4 years)
58 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Former representative (4 years)
59 Peter H. Dominick (R-CO) Former representative (2 years)
60 Birch Bayh (D-IN)
61 Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) January 7, 1963
62 Joseph Montoya (D-NM) November 4, 1964 Former representative (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 in population (1960)
72 Edward Brooke (R-MA) Massachusetts 9th in population (1960)
73 Howard Baker (R-TN) Tennessee 17th in 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 representative (8 years) - Pennsylvania 3rd in population (1969)
80 Charles Mathias (R-MD) Former representative (8 years) - Maryland 21st in population (1960)
81 Bob Dole (R-KS) Former representative (8 years) - Kansas 29th in population (1960)
82 Edward J. Gurney (R-FL) Former representative (6 years)
83 Harold Hughes (D-IA) Former governor, Iowa 24th in population (1960)
84 Henry Bellmon (R-OK) Former governor, Oklahoma 27th in population (1960)
85 Alan Cranston (D-CA) California 2nd in population (1960)
86 William B. Saxbe (R-OH) Ohio 5th in population (1960)
87 James Allen (D-AL) Alabama 19th in population (1960)
88 Bob Packwood (R-OR) Oregon 32nd in population (1960)
89 Mike Gravel (D-AK) Alaska 50th in 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 (D-MN) January 3, 1971 Previously a senator, former VP
94 Robert Taft, Jr. (R-OH) Former representative (8 years) - Ohio 5th in population (1960)
95 Bill Brock (R-TN) Former representative (8 years) - Tennessee 17th in population (1960)
96 Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) Former representative (6 years)
97 John Glenn Beall, Jr. (R-MD) Former representative (2 years) - Maryland 21st in population (1960)
98 Lowell Weicker (R-CT) Former representative (2 years) - Connecticut 25th in population (1960)
99 James L. Buckley (C/R-NY) New York 1st in population (1960)
99 Lawton Chiles (D-FL) Florida 10th in 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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