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List of United States Senators in the 106th Congress by seniority

 

List of United States Senators in the 106th Congress by seniority

This is a classification of United States Senators by seniority during the 106th Congress, from January 3, 1999 to January 3, 2001.

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]

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 2000 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

U.S. Senate Seniority
Rank Name Seniority Date Other Factors
1 Strom Thurmond (R-SC) November 7, 1956
2 Robert Byrd (D-WV) January 3, 1959
3 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) November 7, 1962
4 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) January 3, 1963
5 Ernest Hollings (D-SC) November 9, 1966
6 Ted Stevens (R-AK) December 24, 1968
7 Bill Roth[5] (R-DE) January 1, 1971
8 Jesse Helms (R-NC) January 3, 1973 North Carolina 12th Population (1970)
9 Pete Domenici (R-NM) New Mexico 37th Population (1970)
10 Joe Biden (D-DE) Delaware 46th Population (1970)
11 Patrick Leahy (D-VT) January 3, 1975
12 John Chafee[6] (R-RI) December 29, 1976
13 Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) January 3, 1977 Former Representative
14 Pat Moynihan[5] (D-NY) New York 2nd Population (1970)
15 Richard Lugar (R-IN) Indiana 11th Population (1970)
16 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Utah 36th Population (1970)
17 Max Baucus (D-MT) December 15, 1978
18 Thad Cochran (R-MS) December 27, 1978
19 John Warner (R-VA) January 2, 1979
20 Carl Levin (D-MI) January 3, 1979
21 Chris Dodd (D-CT) January 3, 1981 Former Rep (6 years) - Connecticut 24th Population (1970)
22 Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Former Rep (6 years) - Iowa 25th Population (1970)
23 Arlen Specter (R-PA) Pennsylvania 3rd Population (1970)
24 Don Nickles (R-OK) Oklahoma 27th Population (1970)
25 Frank Murkowski (R-AK) Alaska 50th Population (1970)
26 Frank Lautenberg[5][7] (D-NJ) December 27, 1982
27 Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) January 3, 1983
28 John Kerry (D-MA) January 2, 1985
29 Tom Harkin (D-IA) January 3, 1985 Former Rep (10 years)
30 Phil Gramm (R-TX) Former Rep (6 years)
31 Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
32 Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) January 15, 1985
33 John Breaux (D-LA) January 3, 1987 Former Rep (14 years)
34 Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Former Rep (10 years)
35 Richard Shelby (R-AL) Former Rep (8 years) - Alabama 22nd population (1980)
36 Tom Daschle (D-SD) Former Rep (8 years) - South Dakota 45th population (1980)
37 John McCain (R-AZ) Former Rep (4 years) - Arizona 29th Population (1980)
38 Harry Reid (D-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 43rd population (1980)
39 Bob Graham (D-FL) Former Governor - Florida 7th population (1980)
40 Kit Bond (R-MO) Former Governor - Missouri 15th population (1980)
41 Kent Conrad (D-ND)
42 Slade Gorton[5] (R-WA) January 3, 1989 Previously a Senator
43 Trent Lott (R-MS) Former Rep (16 Years)
44 Jim Jeffords (R-VT) Former Rep (14 Years)
45 Connie Mack[5] (R-FL) Former Rep (6 Years)
46 Chuck Robb[5] (D-VA) Former Governor - Virginia 14th Population (1980)
47 Richard Bryan[5] (D-NV) Former Governor - Nevada Ranked 43rd Population (1980)
48 Bob Kerrey[5] (D-NE) Former Governor - Nebraska 35th Population (1980)
49 Herb Kohl (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th Population (1980)
50 Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Connecticut 25th Population (1980)
51 Conrad Burns (R-MT) Montana 44th Population (1980)
52 Daniel Akaka (D-HI) May 16, 1990
53 Bob Smith (R-NH) December 7, 1990
54 Larry Craig (R-ID) January 3, 1991 Former Rep (6 years)
55 Paul Wellstone (D-MN)
56 Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) November 10, 1992
57 Byron Dorgan (D-ND) December 15, 1992
58 Barbara Boxer (D-CA) January 3, 1993 Former Rep (10 years)
59 Judd Gregg (R-NH) Former Rep (8 years) Former Governor
60 Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years)
61 Paul Coverdell[8] (R-GA) Georgia 11th Population (1990)
62 Russ Feingold (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th Population (1990)
63 Patty Murray (D-WA) Washington 18th Population (1990)
64 Bob Bennett (R-UT) Utah 35th Population (1990)
65 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) June 14, 1993
66 Jim Inhofe (R-OK) November 17, 1994
67 Fred Thompson (R-TN) December 2, 1994
68 Olympia Snowe (R-ME) January 3, 1995 Former Rep (16 years)
69 Mike DeWine (R-OH) Former Rep (8 years) - Ohio 7th Population (1990)
70 Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Former Rep (8 years) - Arizona 24th Population (1990)
71 Craig Thomas (R-WY) Former Rep (6 years)
72 Rick Santorum (R-PA) Former Rep (4 years)
73 Rod Grams[5] (R-MN) Former Rep (2 years)
74 John Ashcroft[5] (R-MO) Former Governor
75 Spencer Abraham[5] (R-MI) Michigan 8th Population (1990)
76 Bill Frist (R-TN) Tennessee 17th Population (1990)
77 Ron Wyden (D-OR) February 6, 1996
78 Sam Brownback (R-KS) November 7, 1996
79 Pat Roberts (R-KS) January 3, 1997 Former Rep (16 years)
80 Richard Durbin (D-IL) Former Rep (14 years)
81 Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) Former Rep (13 years)
82 Tim Johnson (D-SD) Former Rep (10 years)
83 Wayne Allard (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years) - Colorado 26th Population (1990)
84 Jack Reed (D-RI) Former Rep (6 years) - Rhode Island 43rd Population (1990)
85 Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) Former Rep (4 years)
86 Max Cleland (D-GA) Georgia 11th Population (1990)
87 Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Louisiana 21st Population (1990)
88 Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Alabama 22nd Population (1990)
89 Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) Oregon 29th Population (1990)
90 Chuck Hagel (R-NE) Nebraska 36th population (1990)
91 Susan Collins (R-ME) Maine 38th population (1990)
92 Mike Enzi (R-WY) Wyoming 50th population (1990)
93 Chuck Schumer (D-NY) January 3, 1999 Former Rep (18 years)
94 Jim Bunning (R-KY) Former Rep (12 years)
95 Mike Crapo (R-ID) Former Rep (6 years)
96 Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Former Rep (4 years)
97 George Voinovich (R-OH) Former Governor - Ohio 7th population (1990)
98 Evan Bayh (D-IN) Former Governor - Indiana 14th population (1990)
99 Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) Illinois 6th population (1990)
100 John Edwards (D-NC) North Carolina 10th population (1990)
Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) November 4, 1999
Zell Miller (D-GA) July 27, 2000

Notes

  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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Retired or defeated in 2000 Election
  6. ^ John Chafee was set to retire but died of congestive heart failure on October 24, 1999.
  7. ^ Senator Lautenberg returned to the Senate in 2003 but cannot regain his previous seniority according to Senate Rules.
  8. ^ Senator Coverdell died of a cerebral hemorrhage on July 19, 2000.

External links

  • Senate Seniority List
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