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List of United States Senators in the 109th Congress by seniority

 

List of United States Senators in the 109th Congress by seniority

This is a classification of United States Senators by seniority in the 109th United States Congress, from January 3, 2005 to January 3, 2007.

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), Vice President, U.S. Representative, Cabinet secretary, or governor of a state. The final factor is the population of his or her state.[1][2][3][4][5]

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 2006 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

Rank Name (Party-State) Seniority date Other factors
1 Robert Byrd (D-WV) January 3, 1959
2 Ted Kennedy (D-MA) November 7, 1962
3 Daniel Inouye (D-HI) January 3, 1963
4 Ted Stevens (R-AK) December 24, 1968
5 Pete Domenici (R-NM) January 3, 1973 New Mexico 37th Population (1970)
6 Joe Biden (D-DE) Delaware 46th Population (1970)
7 Patrick Leahy (D-VT) January 3, 1975
8 Paul Sarbanes[6] (D-MD) January 3, 1977 Former Rep
9 Richard Lugar (R-IN) Indiana 11th Population (1970)
10 Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Utah 36th Population (1970)
11 Max Baucus (D-MT) December 15, 1978
12 Thad Cochran (R-MS) December 27, 1978
13 John Warner (R-VA) January 2, 1979
14 Carl Levin (D-MI) January 3, 1979
15 Chris Dodd (D-CT) January 3, 1981 Former Rep (6 years) - Connecticut 24th Population (1970)
16 Chuck Grassley (R-IA) Former Rep (6 years) - Iowa 25th population (1970)
17 Arlen Specter (R-PA)
18 Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) January 3, 1983
19 John Kerry (D-MA) January 2, 1985
20 Tom Harkin (D-IA) January 3, 1985 Former Rep
21 Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
22 Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) January 15, 1985
23 Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) January 3, 1987 Former Rep (10 years)
24 Richard Shelby (R-AL) Former Rep (8 years)
25 John McCain (R-AZ) Former Rep (4 years) - Arizona 29th Population (1980)
26 Harry Reid (D-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 43rd Population (1980)
27 Kit Bond (R-MO) Former Governor
28 Kent Conrad (D-ND)
29 Trent Lott (R-MS) January 3, 1989 Former Rep (16 Years)
30 Jim Jeffords[6] (I-VT) Former Rep (14 Years)
31 Herb Kohl (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th Population (1980)
32 Joe Lieberman[7] (D-CT) Connecticut 25th Population (1980)
33 Conrad Burns[6] (R-MT) Montana 44th Population (1980)
34 Daniel Akaka (D-HI) May 16, 1990
35 Larry Craig (R-ID) January 3, 1991
36 Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) November 10, 1992
37 Byron Dorgan (D-ND) December 15, 1992
38 Barbara Boxer (D-CA) January 3, 1993 Former Rep (10 years)
39 Judd Gregg (R-NH) Former Rep (8 years)
40 Russ Feingold (D-WI) Wisconsin 16th Population (1990)
41 Patty Murray (D-WA) Washington 18th Population (1990)
42 Bob Bennett (R-UT) Utah 35th Population (1990)
43 Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) June 14, 1993
44 Jim Inhofe (R-OK) November 17, 1994
45 Olympia Snowe (R-ME) January 3, 1995 Former Rep (16 years)
46 Mike DeWine[6] (R-OH) Former Rep (8 years) - Ohio 7th Population (1990)
47 Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Former Rep (8 years) - Arizona 24th Population (1990)
48 Craig Thomas (R-WY) Former Rep (6 years)
49 Rick Santorum[6] (R-PA) Former Rep (4 years)
50 Bill Frist[6] (R-TN)
51 Ron Wyden (D-OR) February 6, 1996
52 Sam Brownback (R-KS) November 7, 1996
53 Pat Roberts (R-KS) January 3, 1997 Former Rep (16 years)
54 Richard Durbin (D-IL) Former Rep (14 years)
55 Tim Johnson (D-SD) Former Rep (10 years)
56 Wayne Allard (R-CO) Former Rep (6 years) - Colorado 26th Population (1990)
57 Jack Reed (D-RI) Former Rep (6 years) - Rhode Island 43rd Population (1990)
58 Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Louisiana 21st Population (1990)
59 Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Alabama 22nd Population (1990)
60 Gordon Smith (R-OR) Oregon 29th Population (1990)
61 Chuck Hagel (R-NE) Nebraska 36th Population (1990)
62 Susan Collins (R-ME) Maine 38th Population (1990)
63 Mike Enzi (R-WY) Wyoming 50th Population (1990)
64 Chuck Schumer (D-NY) January 3, 1999 Former Rep (18 years)
65 Jim Bunning (R-KY) Former Rep (12 years)
66 Mike Crapo (R-ID) Former Rep (6 years)
67 Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Former Rep (4 years)
68 George Voinovich (R-OH) Former Governor - Ohio 7th Population (1990)
69 Evan Bayh (D-IN) Former Governor - Indiana 15th Population (1990)
70 Lincoln Chafee[6] (R-RI) November 4, 1999
71 Bill Nelson (D-FL) January 3, 2001 Former Rep (12 years)
72 Tom Carper (D-DE) Former Rep (10 years)
73 Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Former Rep (4 years) - Michigan 8th Population (1990)
74 John Ensign (R-NV) Former Rep (4 years) - Nevada 39th Population (1990)
75 [6] (R-VA) Former Rep (2 years) - Former Governor
76 Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Former Rep (2 years)
77 Ben Nelson (D-NE) Former Governor
78 Hillary Clinton (D-NY) New York 2nd Population (1990)
79 Jon Corzine[8] (D-NJ) New Jersey 9th Population (1990)
80 Mark Dayton[6] (D-MN) Minnesota 20th Population (1990)
81 Jim Talent[6] (R-MO) November 25, 2002
82 Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) December 20, 2002
83 Frank Lautenberg[9] (D-NJ) January 3, 2003 Previously a Senator
84 Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) Former Rep (8 years) - Georgia 9th Population
85 Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Former Rep (8 years) - South Carolina 24th Population
86 John Sununu (R-NH) Former Rep (6 years)
87 Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Former Cabinet Secretary, Former Governor
88 Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) Former Cabinet Secretary
89 John Cornyn[10] (R-TX) Texas 2nd Population
90 Norm Coleman (R-MN) Minnesota 21st Population
91 Mark Pryor (D-AR) Arkansas 32nd Population
92 Richard Burr (R-NC) January 3, 2005 Former Rep (10 years)
93 Jim DeMint (R-SC) Former Rep (6 years) - South Carolina 24th Population
94 Tom Coburn (R-OK) Former Rep (6 years) - Oklahoma 27th Population
95 John Thune (R-SD) Former Rep (6 years) - South Dakota 46th Population
96 Johnny Isakson (R-GA) Former Rep (5 years, 10 months)
97 David Vitter (R-LA) Former Rep (5 years, 7 months)
98 Mel Martinez (R-FL) Former Cabinet Secretary
99 Barack Obama (D-IL) Illinois 5th Population
100 Ken Salazar (D-CO) Colorado 22nd Population
Bob Menendez[11] (D-NJ) January 18, 2006

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. ^ 2000 Census State Population Rankings
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Retired or defeated in 2006 election.
  7. ^ Lieberman was a Democrat until November 2006. Afterwards, he became an independent, referring to himself as an independent democrat.
  8. ^ Senator Corzine stepped down on January 17, 2006 to become Governor of New Jersey
  9. ^ Frank Lautenberg served a previous term as U.S. Senator from New Jersey from January 1983 to January 2001, but according to Senate rules, he does not retain seniority from that prior service. Lautenberg has sought restoration of his seniority based on his prior service, but has not received it. "Lieberman says he has been promised seniority", via HillNews.com
  10. ^ Phil Gramm resigned early, effective November 30, 2002, so that Cornyn could take senate office on December 2, 2002 and move into Gramm's office suite in order to begin organizing his staff. Cornyn did not, however, gain seniority, owing to a 1980 Rules Committee policy that no longer gave seniority to senators who entered Congress early for the purpose of gaining advantageous office space.
  11. ^ Senator Menendez replaced Senator Corzine.

External links

  • Senate Seniority List
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