List of United States Senators in the 96th Congress by seniority

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This is a complete list of members of the United States Senate during the 96th United States Congress listed by seniority, from January 3, 1979 to January 3, 1981.

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 1980 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 3 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1981[4]
Class 1 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1983[5]
Class 2 Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1985[6]

U.S. Senate Seniority List[edit]

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Senator (Party-State) Seniority Date Other Factors
1 Warren G. Magnuson (D-WA) December 14, 1944
2 Milton Young (R-ND) March 12, 1945
3 John C. Stennis (D-MS) November 17, 1947
4 Russell B. Long (D-LA) December 31, 1948
5 Henry M. Jackson (D-WA) January 3, 1953
6 Strom Thurmond (R-SC) November 7, 1956
7 Herman Talmadge (D-GA) January 3, 1957 Former Governor
8 Frank Church (D-ID)
9 Jacob K. Javits (R-NY) January 9, 1957
10 William Proxmire (D-WI) August 28, 1957
11 Jennings Randolph (D-WV) November 5, 1958
12 Robert Byrd (D-WV) January 3, 1959 Former Rep (6 years)
13 Harrison A. Williams (D-NJ) Former Rep (4 years)
14 Edmund Muskie[7] (D-ME) Former Governor
15 Howard Cannon (D-NV)
16 Quentin Northrup Burdick (D-ND) August 8, 1960
17 Claiborne Pell (D-RI) January 3, 1961
18 John Tower (R-TX) June 15, 1961
19 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) November 7, 1962
20 Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-CT) January 3, 1963 Former Rep (14 Years) - Former Cabinet Secretary - Former Governor
21 George McGovern (D-SD) Former Rep (14 Years)
22 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Former Rep (4 Years)
23 Birch Bayh (D-IN)
24 Gaylord Nelson (D-WI) January 7, 1963
25 Harry F. Byrd, Jr. (I-VA) November 12, 1965
26 Ernest Hollings (D-SC) November 9, 1966
27 Charles H. Percy (R-IL) January 3, 1967 Illinois 4th Population (1960)
28 Howard Baker (R-TN) Tennessee 17th Population (1960)
29 Mark Hatfield (R-OR) January 10, 1967
30 Ted Stevens (R-AK) December 24, 1968
31 Thomas Eagleton (D-MO) December 28, 1968
32 Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) January 3, 1969 Previously a Senator
33 Richard Schweiker (R-PA) Former Rep (8 years) - Pennsylvania 3rd Population (1960)
34 Charles Mathias (R-MD) Former Rep (8 years) - Maryland 21st Population (1960)
35 Bob Dole (R-KS) Former Rep (8 years) - Kansas 29th Population (1960)
36 Henry Bellmon (R-OK) Former Governor
37 Alan Cranston (D-CA) California 2nd Population (1960)
38 Bob Packwood (R-OR) Oregon 32nd Population (1960)
39 Mike Gravel (D-AK) Alaska 50th Population (1960)
40 Adlai Stevenson III (D-IL) November 17, 1970
41 Bill Roth (R-DE) January 1, 1971
42 Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) January 3, 1971 Former Rep (6 Years)
43 Lowell Weicker (R-CT) Former Rep (2 Years)
44 Lawton Chiles (D-FL)
45 Robert Stafford (R-VT) September 16, 1971
46 Sam Nunn (D-GA) November 8, 1972
47 Bennett Johnston Jr. (D-LA) November 14, 1972
48 James A. McClure (R-ID) January 3, 1973 Former Rep (4 Years)
49 Jesse Helms (R-NC) North Carolina 12th Population (1970)
50 Walter Huddleston (D-KY) Kentucky 23rd Population (1970)
51 Pete Domenici (R-NM) New Mexico 37th Population (1970)
52 Joe Biden (D-DE) Delaware 46th Population (1970)
53 Paul Laxalt (R-NV) December 18, 1974
54 Jake Garn (R-UT) December 21, 1974
55 John Glenn (D-OH) December 24, 1974
56 Wendell H. Ford (D-KY) December 28, 1974
57 Richard Stone (D-FL) January 1, 1975
58 John Culver (D-IA) January 3, 1975 Former Rep (10 years)
59 Dale Bumpers (D-AR) Former Governor
60 Robert Burren Morgan (D-NC) North Carolina 12th Population (1970)
61 Gary Hart (D-CO) Colorado 30th Population (1970)
62 Patrick Leahy (D-VT) Vermont 48th Population (1970)
63 John Durkin (D-NH) September 18, 1975
64 John Danforth (R-MO) December 27, 1976
65 Edward Zorinsky (D-NE) December 28, 1976
66 Howard Metzenbaum (D-OH) December 29, 1976 Previously a Senator
67 John Chafee (R-RI)
68 Donald W. Riegle, Jr. (D-MI) December 30, 1976
69 Samuel Hayakawa (D-CA) January 2, 1977
70 Spark Matsunaga (D-HI) January 3, 1977 Former Rep (14 Years)
71 John Melcher (D-MT) Former Rep (7 years, 7 months)
72 H. John Heinz III (R-PA) Former Rep (6 Years)
73 Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) Former Rep (6 Years)
74 Pat Moynihan (D-NY) New York 2nd Population (1970)
75 Richard Lugar (R-IN) Indiana 11th Population (1970)
76 Jim Sasser (D-TN) Tennessee 17th Population (1970)
77 Dennis DeConcini (D-AZ) Arizona 33rd Population (1970)
78 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Utah 36th Population (1970)
79 Harrison Schmitt (R-NM) New Mexico 37th Population (1970)
80 Malcolm Wallop (R-WY) Wyoming 29th Population (1970)
81 David Durenberger (R-MN) November 8, 1978 Minnesota 19th Population (1970)
82 Donald W. Stewart (D-AL) Alabama 21st Population (1970)
83 Max Baucus (D-MT) December 15, 1978
84 Nancy Kassebaum Baker (R-KS) December 23, 1978
85 Thad Cochran (R-MS) December 27, 1978
86 Rudy Boschwitz (R-MN) December 30, 1978
87 Alan K. Simpson (R-WY) January 1, 1979
88 John Warner (R-VA) January 2, 1979
89 David Pryor (D-AR) January 3, 1979 Former Rep (6 years, 2 months)
90 William Cohen (R-ME) Former Rep (6 years)
91 Paul Tsongas (D-MA) Former Rep (4 years)
92 William L. Armstrong (R-CO) Former Rep (4 years) - Colorado 30th Population (1970)
93 Larry Pressler (R-SD) Former Rep (4 years) - South Dakota 44th Population (1970)
94 David L. Boren (D-OK) Former Governor - Oklahoma 27th Population (1970)
95 J. James Exon (D-NE) Former Governor - Nebraska 35th Population (1970)
96 Carl Levin (D-MI) Michigan 7th Population (1970)
97 Bill Bradley (D-NJ) New Jersey 8th Population (1970)
98 Howell Heflin (D-AL) Alabama 21st Population (1970)
99 Roger Jepsen (R-IA) Iowa 25th Population (1970)
100 Gordon J. Humphrey (R-NH) New Hampshire 41st Population (1970)
George J. Mitchell (D-ME) May 17, 1980
Warren Rudman (R-NH) December 31, 1980
Paula Hawkins (R-FL) January 1, 1981
Jeremiah Denton (R-AL) January 2, 1981

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A Chronological List of United States Senators 1789-Present, via www.Senate.gov
  2. ^ 1961 U.S Census Report Contains 1960 Census results.
  3. ^ 1971 U.S Census Report Contains 1970 Census results.
  4. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1981.
  5. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1983.
  6. ^ Terms of service of Senators that will expire in 1985.
  7. ^ Senator Muskie stepped down on May 7, 1980 to become Secretary of State.

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