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List of United States Senators from Kentucky

 

List of United States Senators from Kentucky

This is a complete list of United States Senators from Kentucky. Its senators belong to Classes 2 and 3. Kentucky is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Republicans Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

Class 2

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 John Brown Anti-
Administration
June 18, 1792 –
March 4, 1805
1 Elected in 1792
2 Re-elected in 1793
Democratic-
Republican
3 Re-elected in 1799

2 Buckner Thruston Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 –
December 18, 1809
4 Elected in 1805

Resigned to become judge of the U.S. Circuit Court
Vacant December 18, 1809 –
January 10, 1810
3 Henry Clay Democratic-
Republican
January 10, 1810 –
March 4, 1811
Appointed to finish Thruston's term

Retired
4 George M. Bibb Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1811 –
August 23, 1814
5 Elected in 1811
Resigned to return to private practice
Vacant August 23, 1814 –
August 30, 1814
5 George Walker Democratic-
Republican
August 30, 1814 –
December 16, 1814
Appointed to continue Bibb's term

Successor qualified
6 William T. Barry Democratic-
Republican
December 16, 1814 –
May 1, 1816
Elected to finish Bibb's term

Resigned to become judge of the Kentucky Circuit Court
Vacant May 1, 1816 –
November 3, 1816
7 Martin D. Hardin Federalist November 3, 1816 –
March 4, 1817
Appointed to continue Barry's term
Elected to finish Barry's term

8 John J. Crittenden Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1817 –
March 3, 1819
6 Elected in 1817

Resigned to return to private practice
Vacant March 3, 1819 –
December 10, 1819
9 Richard M. Johnson Democratic-
Republican
December 10, 1819 –
March 4, 1829
Elected to finish Crittenden's term
Jackson
Democratic-Republican
7 Elected to full term in 1823

Lost re-election
Jacksonian
10 George M. Bibb Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 4, 1835
8 Elected in 1829

11 John J. Crittenden Whig March 4, 1835 –
March 4, 1841
9 Elected in 1835

Retired
12 James T. Morehead Whig March 4, 1841 –
March 4, 1847
10 Elected in 1841

13 Joseph R. Underwood Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 4, 1853
11 Elected in 1847

Retired
14 John B. Thompson Know Nothing March 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1859
12 Elected in 1853

15 Lazarus W. Powell Democratic March 4, 1859 –
March 4, 1865
13 Elected in 1858

16 James Guthrie Democratic March 4, 1865 –
February 7, 1868
14 Elected in 1865

Resigned due to ill health
Vacant February 7, 1868 –
February 19, 1868
17 Thomas C. McCreery Democratic February 19, 1868 –
March 4, 1871
Elected to finish Guthrie's term

Lost re-election
18 John W. Stevenson Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
15 Elected in 1871

Retired
19 James B. Beck Democratic March 4, 1877 –
May 3, 1890
16 Elected in 1876
17 Re-elected in 1882
18 Re-elected in 1888

Died
Vacant May 3, 1890 –
May 26, 1890
20 John G. Carlisle Democratic May 26, 1890 –
February 4, 1893
Elected to finish Beck's term

Resigned
Vacant February 4, 1893 –
February 15, 1893
21 William Lindsay Democratic February 15, 1893 –
March 4, 1901
Elected to finish Carlisle's term
19 Elected to full term in 1894

Retired
22 Joseph Blackburn Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
20 Elected in 1900

Lost re-election
23 Thomas H. Paynter Democratic March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
21 Elected in 1906

Retired
24 Ollie M. James Democratic March 4, 1913 –
August 28, 1918
22 Elected in 1912

Died
Vacant August 28, 1918 –
September 7, 1918
25 George B. Martin Democratic September 7, 1918 –
March 4, 1919
Appointed to finish James's term

Retired
Vacant March 4, 1919 –
May 19, 1919
23
26 Augustus Stanley Democratic May 19, 1919 –
March 4, 1925
Elected in 1918, but did not start term until resigning as Governor

Lost re-election
27 Fred M. Sackett Republican March 4, 1925 –
January 9, 1930
24 Elected in 1924

Resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to Germany
Vacant January 9, 1930 –
January 11, 1930
28 John M. Robsion Republican January 11, 1930 –
November 30, 1930
Appointed to continue Sackett's term

Lost election to finish Sackett's term
29 Ben M. Williamson Democratic December 1, 1930 –
March 4, 1931
Elected to finish Sackett's term

Retired
30 Marvel M. Logan Democratic March 4, 1931 –
October 3, 1939
25 Elected in 1930
26 Re-elected in 1936

Died
Vacant October 3, 1939 –
October 10, 1939
31 Happy Chandler Democratic October 10, 1939 –
November 1, 1945
Appointed to continue Logan's term

Elected to finish Logan's term
27 Elected to full term in 1942

Resigned to become Commissioner of Major League Baseball
Vacant November 1, 1945 –
November 19, 1945
32 William A. Stanfill Republican November 19, 1945 –
November 5, 1946
Appointed to continue Chandler's term

Retired
33 John Sherman Cooper Republican November 6, 1946 –
January 3, 1949
Elected to finsish Chandler's term

Lost re-election
34 Virgil Chapman Democratic January 3, 1949 –
March 8, 1951
28 Elected in 1948

Died
Vacant March 8, 1951 –
March 19, 1951
35 Thomas R. Underwood Democratic March 19, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
Appointed to continue Chapman's term

Lost election to finish Chapman's term
36 John Sherman Cooper Republican November 5, 1952 –
January 3, 1955
Elected to finish Chapman's term

Lost election to full term
37 Alben W. Barkley Democratic January 3, 1955 –
April 30, 1956
29 Elected in 1954

Died
Vacant April 30, 1956 –
June 21, 1956
38 Robert Humphreys Democratic June 21, 1956 –
November 6, 1956
Appointed to continue Barkley's term

Retired
39 John Sherman Cooper Republican November 7, 1956 –
January 3, 1973
Elected to finish Barkley's term
30 Elected to full term in 1960
31 Re-elected in 1966

Retired
40 Walter Huddleston Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1985
32 Elected in 1972
33 Re-elected in 1978

Lost re-election
41 Mitch McConnell Republican January 3, 1985 –
Present
34 Elected in 1984
35 Re-elected in 1990
36 Re-elected in 1996
37 Re-elected in 2002
38 Re-elected in 2008
39 Re-elected in 2014
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

Class 3

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 John Edwards Anti-Administration June 18, 1792 –
March 4, 1795
1 Elected in 1792
2 Humphrey Marshall Federalist March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1801
2 Elected in 1794
Lost re-election
3 John Breckinridge Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 –
August 7, 1805
3 Elected in 1801
Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General
Vacant August 7, 1805 –
November 8, 1805
4 John Adair Democratic-Republican November 8, 1805 –
November 18, 1806
Elected to finish Breckinridge's term
Resigned because of participation in the Burr Conspiracy,
having lost election to full term
5 Henry Clay Democratic-Republican November 19, 1806 –
March 4, 1807
Elected to finish Adair's term,
despite being younger than the constitutional age limit
6 John Pope Democratic-Republican March 4, 1807 –
March 4, 1813
4 Elected in 1807
7 Jesse Bledsoe Democratic-Republican March 4, 1813 –
December 24, 1814
5 Elected in 1813
Resigned
Vacant December 24, 1814 –
February 2, 1815
8 Isham Talbot Democratic-Republican February 2, 1815 –
March 4, 1819
Elected to finish Bledsoe's term
9 William Logan Democratic-Republican March 4, 1819 –
May 28, 1820
6 Elected in 1819
Resigned to run for Governor
Vacant May 28, 1820 –
October 19, 1820
10 Isham Talbot Democratic-Republican October 19, 1820–
March 4, 1825
Elected to finish Logan's term
National
Republican
11 John Rowan Democratic March 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1831
7 Elected in 1825
Vacant March 4, 1831 –
November 10, 1831

8
12 Henry Clay National
Republican
November 10, 1831–
March 31, 1842
Elected late in 1831
Whig 9 Re-elected in 1836
Resigned
13 John J. Crittenden Whig March 31, 1842–
June 12, 1848
10 Elected to finish Clay's term
11 Elected to full term in 1843
Resigned to become Governor of Kentucky
14 Thomas Metcalfe Whig June 23, 1848 –
March 4, 1849
Appointed to continue Crittenden's term
Elected to finish Crittenden's term
15 Henry Clay Whig March 4, 1849 –
June 24, 1852
12 Elected in 1849
Died
Vacant June 24, 1852 –
July 6, 1852
16 David Meriwether Democratic July 6, 1852 –
August 31, 1852
Appointed to continue Clay's term
Retired
17 Archibald Dixon Whig September 1, 1852 –
March 4, 1855
Elected to finish Clay's term
Retired
18 John J. Crittenden Whig March 4, 1855–
March 4, 1861
13 Elected in 1855
Retired
Know Nothing
19 John C. Breckinridge Democratic March 4, 1861 –
December 4, 1861
14 Elected in 1861
Expelled for supporting the Confederacy
Vacant December 4, 1861 –
December 10, 1861
20 Garrett Davis Unionist December 10, 1861 –
September 22, 1872
Elected to finish Breckinridge's term
15 Re-elected in 1867
Died
Vacant September 22, 1872 –
September 27, 1872
21 Willis B. Machen Democratic September 27, 1872 –
March 4, 1873
Appointed to continue Davis's term
Elected to finish Davis's term
22 Thomas C. McCreery Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1879
16 Elected in 1872
Retired
23 John Stuart Williams Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 4, 1885
17 Elected in 1879
Lost re-election
24 Joseph C. S. Blackburn Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1897
18 Elected in 1885
19 Re-elected in 1891
Lost re-election
25 William J. Deboe Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 4, 1903
20 Elected in 1897
Retired
26 James B. McCreary Democratic March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1909
21 Elected in 1903
Lost re-election
27 William O. Bradley Republican March 4, 1909 –
May 23, 1914
22 Elected in 1908
Died
Vacant May 23, 1914 –
June 16, 1914
28 Johnson N. Camden Democratic June 16, 1914 –
March 4, 1915
Appointed to continue Bradley's term
Elected to finish Bradley's term
Retired
29 John C. W. Beckham Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1921
23 Elected in 1914
Lost re-election
30 Richard P. Ernst Republican March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1927
24 Elected in 1920
Lost re-election
31 Alben W. Barkley Democratic March 4, 1927 –
January 19, 1949
25 Elected in 1926
26 Re-elected in 1932
27 Re-elected in 1938
28 Re-elected in 1944
Resigned to become U.S. Vice President
32 Garrett L. Withers Democratic January 20, 1949 –
November 26, 1950
Appointed to continue Barkley's term
Retired when successor qualified
33 Earle C. Clements Democratic November 27, 1950 –
January 3, 1957
Elected to finish Barkley's term,
having been elected to the next term
29 Elected to full term in 1950
Lost re-election
34 Thruston Morton Republican January 3, 1957 –
December 16, 1968
30 Elected in 1956
31 Re-elected in 1962
Retired, and resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
35 Marlow Cook Republican December 17, 1968 –
December 27, 1974
Appointed to finish Morton's term,
having already been elected to the next term
32 Elected in 1968
Lost re-election, and resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
36 Wendell H. Ford Democratic December 28, 1974 –
January 3, 1999
Appointed to finish Cook's term,
having already been elected to the next term
33 Elected in 1974
34 Re-elected in 1980
35 Re-elected in 1986
36 Re-elected in 1992
Retired
37 Jim Bunning Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
37 Elected in 1998
38 Re-elected in 2004
Retired
38 Rand Paul Republican January 3, 2011 –
Present
39 Elected in 2010
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

See also

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