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List of United States Senators in the 91st Congress by seniority

This is a classification of United States Senators by seniority during the 91st Congress, from January 3, 1969 to January 3, 1971.

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 1970 election) are listed at the end of the list with no number.

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

Notes

  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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Retired or defeated after 1970 Election
  5. ^ Senator Dirksen died on September 7, 1969.

External links

  • Senate Seniority List
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