List of United States senators from Mississippi

Mississippi was admitted to the Union on December 10, 1817, and elects senators to Class 1 and Class 2. Its current senators are Republicans Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker. As of February 2022, 51 people have served as U.S. senators from Mississippi. John C. Stennis was Mississippi's longest-serving senator (1947–1989).

Current delegation

List of senatorsEdit

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2006, 2008 (special election), 2012 and 2018. The next election will be in 2024.

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Class 2

Class 2 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2008, 2014, 2018 (special election) and 2020. The next election will be in 2026.

# Senator Party Dates in office Electoral history T T Electoral history Dates in office Party Senator #
1  
Walter Leake
Democratic-
Republican
December 10, 1817 –
May 15, 1820
Elected in 1817.

Resigned.
1 15th 1 Elected in 1817. December 10, 1817 –
March 3, 1829
Democratic-
Republican
 
Thomas Hill Williams
1
16th
Vacant May 15, 1820 –
August 30, 1820
 
2  
David Holmes
Democratic-
Republican
August 30, 1820 –
September 25, 1825
Elected to finish Leake's term.
Re-election year unknown.

Resigned to become Governor of Mississippi.
2 17th
18th 2 Re-elected in 1823.
Jacksonian 19th Jacksonian
Vacant September 25, 1825 –
September 28, 1825
 
3  
Powhatan Ellis
Jacksonian September 28, 1825 –
January 28, 1826
Appointed to continue Holmes's term.

Lost election to finish Holmes's term.
4  
Thomas Buck Reed
Jacksonian January 28, 1826 –
March 3, 1827
Elected to finish Holmes's term.

Lost election to full term.
5  
Powhatan Ellis
Jacksonian March 4, 1827 –
July 16, 1832
Election year unknown.

Resigned to become a U.S. District Judge.
3 20th
21st 3 Elected in 1828.

Died.
March 4, 1829 –
November 26, 1829
Jacksonian  
Thomas Buck Reed
2
  November 26, 1829 –
January 6, 1830
Vacant
Elected to finish Reed's term.

Died.
January 6, 1830 –
July 2, 1830
Jacksonian Robert H. Adams 3
  July 2, 1830 –
October 15, 1830
Vacant
Appointed to continue Adams's term.

Elected November 18, 1830 to finish Adams's term.[1]

Lost re-election.
October 15, 1830 –
March 3, 1835
Jacksonian  
George Poindexter
4
22nd National
Republican
Vacant July 16, 1832 –
November 12, 1832
 
6  
John Black
Jacksonian November 12, 1832 –
March 3, 1833
Appointed to finish Ellis's term.
Vacant March 3, 1833 –
November 22, 1833
Legislature failed to elect. 4 23rd
 
John Black
National
Republican
November 22, 1833 –
January 22, 1838
Elected late.

Resigned.
24th 4 Elected in 1835. March 4, 1835 –
March 5, 1845
Jacksonian  
Robert J. Walker
5
Whig 25th Democratic
7  
James F. Trotter
Democratic January 22, 1838 –
July 10, 1838
Appointed to continue Black's term.

Resigned.
Vacant July 10, 1838 –
November 12, 1838
 
8 Thomas Hickman Williams Democratic November 12, 1838 –
March 3, 1839
Appointed to continue Black's term.

Elected January 30, 1839 to finish Black's term.[2]

[data unknown/missing].
9  
John Henderson
Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 3, 1845
Elected in 1838.

[data unknown/missing].
5 26th
27th 5 Re-elected in 1841.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
28th
10  
Jesse Speight
Democratic March 4, 1845 –
May 1, 1847
Elected in 1844.

Died.
6 29th
  March 5, 1845 –
November 3, 1845
Vacant
Appointed to continue Walker's term.

Elected January 10, 1846 to finish Walker's term.[1]

[data unknown/missing].
November 3, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
Democratic Joseph W. Chalmers 6
30th 6 Elected in 1846 or 1847.

Resigned to become Governor of Mississippi.
March 4, 1847 –
January 8, 1852
Democratic  
Henry S. Foote
7
Vacant May 1, 1847 –
August 10, 1847
 
11  
Jefferson Davis
Democratic August 10, 1847 –
September 23, 1851
Appointed to continue Speight's term.

Elected January 11, 1848 to finish Speight's term.[2]
31st
Re-elected in 1850.

Resigned to run for Governor of Mississippi.
7 32nd
Vacant September 23, 1851 –
December 1, 1851
 
12  
John J. McRae
Democratic December 1, 1851 –
March 17, 1852
Appointed to continue Davis's term.

Successor elected.
  January 8, 1852 –
February 18, 1852
Vacant
Elected to finish Foote's term.

Retired.
February 18, 1852 –
March 3, 1853
Whig  
Walker Brooke
8
13  
Stephen Adams
Democratic March 17, 1852 –
March 3, 1857
Elected to finish Davis's term.

[data unknown/missing].
33rd 7   March 4, 1853 –
January 7, 1854
Vacant
Elected late in 1854 January 7, 1854 –
January 12, 1861
Democratic  
Albert G. Brown
9
34th
14  
Jefferson Davis
Democratic March 4, 1857 –
January 21, 1861
Elected in 1856 or 1857.

Resigned.
8 35th
36th 8 Re-elected in 1859.

Withdrew.
American Civil War and Reconstruction January 12, 1861 –
February 23, 1870
Vacant
Vacant January 21, 1861 –
February 23, 1870
American Civil War and Reconstruction
37th
9 38th
39th 9
40th
10 41st
15  
Adelbert Ames
Republican February 23, 1870 –
January 4, 1874
Elected in 1870 upon readmission.

Resigned to become Governor of Mississippi.
Elected in 1870 upon readmission.

[data unknown/missing].
February 23, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
Republican  
Hiram Rhodes Revels
10
42nd 10   March 3, 1871 –
December 1, 1871
Vacant
Elected in 1870, but remained Governor until December 1871.

[data unknown/missing].
December 1, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
Republican  
James L. Alcorn
11
43rd
Vacant January 4, 1874 –
February 3, 1874
 
16  
Henry R. Pease
Republican February 3, 1874 –
March 3, 1875
Elected to finish Ames's term.

Retired.
 
17  
Blanche Bruce
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1881
Elected in 1874.

[data unknown/missing].
11 44th
45th 11 Elected in 1876. March 4, 1877 –
March 6, 1885
Democratic  
Lucius Q.C. Lamar
12
46th
18  
James Z. George
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
August 14, 1897
Elected in 1880. 12 47th
48th 12 Re-elected in 1883.

Resigned.
49th
  March 6, 1885 –
March 9, 1885
Vacant
Appointed to continue Lamar's term.

Elected January 20, 1886 to finish Lamar's term.[1]
March 9, 1885 –
January 24, 1894
Democratic  
Edward C. Walthall
13
Re-elected in 1886. 13 50th
51st 13 Re-elected in 1889.

Resigned.
52nd
Re-elected in 1892.[3]

Died.
14 53rd
  January 24, 1894 –
February 7, 1894
Vacant
Elected to finish Walthall's term.

[data unknown/missing].
February 7, 1894 –
March 3, 1895
Democratic  
Anselm J. McLaurin
14
54th 14 Elected early January 20, 1892.[3]

Died.
March 4, 1895 –
April 21, 1898
Democratic  
Edward C. Walthall
15
55th
Vacant August 14, 1897 –
October 8, 1897
 
19  
Hernando Money
Democratic October 8, 1897 –
March 3, 1911
Appointed to finish George's term.
  April 21, 1898 –
May 31, 1898
Vacant
Appointed to continue Walthall's term.

Elected January 16, 1900 to finish Walthall's term.[4]

Retired.
May 31, 1898 –
March 3, 1901
Democratic  
William V. Sullivan
16
Elected to full term in 1899. 15 56th
57th 15 Elected in 1900. March 4, 1901 –
December 22, 1909
Democratic  
Anselm J. McLaurin
17
58th
Re-elected January 14, 1904.[5]

Retired.
16 59th
60th 16 Re-elected early January 19, 1904.[5]

Died.
61st
  December 22, 1909 –
December 27, 1909
Vacant
Appointed to continue McLaurin's term.

Successor qualified.
December 27, 1909 –
February 22, 1910
Democratic  
James Gordon
18
Elected to finish McLaurin's term.

Lost nomination to full term.
February 23, 1910 –
March 3, 1913
Democratic  
LeRoy Percy
19
20  
John Sharp Williams
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1923
Elected early January 21, 1908. 17 62nd
63rd 17 Elected January 16, 1912.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
Democratic  
James K. Vardaman
20
64th
Re-elected in 1916.

Retired.
18 65th
66th 18 Elected in 1918. March 5, 1919 –
June 22, 1941
Democratic  
Pat Harrison
21
67th
21  
Hubert D. Stephens
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1935
Elected in 1922. 19 68th
69th 19 Re-elected in 1924.
70th
Re-elected in 1928.

Lost renomination.
20 71st
72nd 20 Re-elected in 1930.
73rd
22  
Theodore G. Bilbo
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
August 21, 1947
Elected in 1934. 21 74th
75th 21 Re-elected in 1936.

Died.
76th
Re-elected in 1940. 22 77th
  June 22, 1941 –
June 30, 1941
Vacant
Appointed to continue Harrison's term.

Retired when successor elected.
June 30, 1941 –
September 28, 1941
Democratic  
James Eastland
22
Elected to finish Harrison's term.

Lost renomination.
September 29, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Democratic  
Wall Doxey
23
78th 22 Elected in 1942. January 3, 1943 –
December 27, 1978
Democratic  
James Eastland
24
79th
Re-elected in 1946.

Died.
23 80th
Vacant August 21, 1947 –
November 5, 1947
 
23  
John C. Stennis
Democratic November 5, 1947 –
January 3, 1989
Elected to finish Bilbo's term.
81st 23 Re-elected in 1948.
82nd
Re-elected in 1952. 24 83rd
84th 24 Re-elected in 1954.
85th
Re-elected in 1958. 25 86th
87th 25 Re-elected in 1960.
88th
Re-elected in 1964. 26 89th
90th 26 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
Re-elected in 1970. 27 92nd
93rd 27 Re-elected in 1972.

Retired, and resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
94th
Re-elected in 1976. 28 95th
Appointed early to finish Eastland's term, having already been elected to the next term. December 27, 1978 –
April 1, 2018
Republican  
Thad Cochran
25
96th 28 Elected in 1978.
97th
Re-elected in 1982.

Retired.
29 98th
99th 29 Re-elected in 1984.
100th
24  
Trent Lott
Republican January 3, 1989 –
December 18, 2007
Elected in 1988. 30 101st
102nd 30 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd
Re-elected in 1994. 31 104th
105th 31 Re-elected in 1996.
106th
Re-elected in 2000. 32 107th
108th 32 Re-elected in 2002.
109th
Re-elected in 2006.

Resigned.
33 110th
Vacant December 18, 2007 –
December 31, 2007
 
25  
Roger Wicker
Republican December 31, 2007 –
Present
Appointed to continue Lott's term.

Elected November 4, 2008 to finish Lott's term.
111th 33 Re-elected in 2008.
112th
Re-elected in 2012. 34 113th
114th 34 Re-elected in 2014.

Resigned.
115th
Appointed to continue Cochran's term.

Elected in 2018 to finish Cochran's term.
April 9, 2018 –
Present
Republican  
Cindy Hyde-Smith
26
Re-elected in 2018. 35 116th
117th 35 Re-elected in 2020.
118th
To be determined in the 2024 election. 36 119th
120th 36 To be determined in the 2026 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T   T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 1 Class 2

Living former senatorsEdit

As of May 2022, there is one living former senator from Mississippi. The most recent and most recently serving senator to die was Thad Cochran (served 1978–2018) on May 30, 2019.

Senator Years in office Date of birth (and age)
Trent Lott January 3, 1989 – December 18, 2007 (1941-10-09) October 9, 1941 (age 80)

SuperlativesEdit

Longest serviceEdit

Senator First served Last served Length of service
John C. Stennis November 5, 1947 January 3, 1989 41 years, 59 days
(15,035 days)
Thad Cochran December 27, 1978 April 1, 2018 39 years, 95 days
(14,340 days)
James Eastland June 30, 1941 September 28, 1941 Combined total: 36 years, 83 days
(13,223 days)
January 3, 1943 December 27, 1978
Pat Harrison March 4, 1919 June 22, 1941 22 years, 110 days
(8,146 days)
Trent Lott January 3, 1989 December 18, 2007 18 years, 349 days
(6,923 days)

Shortest serviceEdit

Senator First served Last served Length of service
James Gordon December 27, 1909 February 22, 1910 1 month, 3 weeks and 5 days
(57 days)
John J. McRae December 1, 1851 March 17, 1852 3 months, 2 weeks and 2 days
(107 days)
Thomas Hickman Williams November 12, 1838 March 3, 1839 3 months, 2 weeks and 5 days
(111 days)
James F. Trotter January 22, 1838 July 10, 1838 5 months, 2 weeks and 4 days
(169 days)
Robert H. Adams January 6, 1830 July 2, 1830 5 months, 3 weeks and 5 days
(177 days)

Youngest at beginning of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth First served Age
John Black August 11, 1800 November 12, 1832 32 years, 3 months and 1 day
Robert J. Walker July 19, 1801 March 4, 1835 33 years, 7 months and 13 days
Blanche Bruce March 1, 1841 March 4, 1875 34 years and 3 days
Adelbert Ames October 31, 1835 February 23, 1870 34 years, 3 months and 23 days
James F. Trotter November 5, 1802 January 22, 1838 35 years, 2 months and 17 days

Oldest at end of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
John C. Stennis August 3, 1901 January 3, 1989 87 years and 5 months
Thad Cochran December 7, 1937 April 1, 2018 80 years, 3 months and 25 days
James Gordon December 6, 1833 February 22, 1910 76 years, 2 months and 16 days
James Eastland November 28, 1904 December 27, 1978 74 years and 29 days
Hernando Money August 26, 1839 March 3, 1911 71 years, 6 months and 5 days

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Byrd, p. 130.
  2. ^ a b Byrd, p. 129.
  3. ^ a b "GEORGE AND WALTHALL ELECTED". The New York Times. January 20, 1892.
  4. ^ Byrd, p. 131.
  5. ^ a b "Re-elect Senators McLaurin and Money" (PDF). The New York Times. January 20, 1904. p. 5.

ReferencesEdit