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List of United States Senators from Montana

Montana was admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889, and elects senators to Classes 1 and 2. Its current senators are Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines.

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List of SenatorsEdit

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. The next election will be in 2018.

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Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election will be in 2020.

# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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Vacant November 8, 1889 –
January 1, 1890
Montana elected its first Senators two months after admission to the Union. 1 51st Congress 1 Montana elected its first Senators two months after admission to the Union. November 8, 1889 –
January 2, 1890
Vacant
1  
Wilbur F. Sanders
Republican January 1, 1890 –
March 3, 1893
Elected in 1890.

Lost re-election.
Elected in 1890.

Retired.
January 2, 1890 –
March 3, 1895
Republican  
Thomas C. Power
1
52nd Congress
Vacant March 3, 1893 –
January 16, 1895
Legislature failed to elect. 2 53rd Congress
2  
Lee Mantle
Republican January 16, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
Elected to finish vacant term.

Lost renomination.
54th Congress 2 Elected in January 1895.[1]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
Republican  
Thomas H. Carter
2
Silver Republican 55th Congress
3  
William A. Clark
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
May 15, 1900
Elected in 1899.

Resigned to avoid claim of election fraud.
3 56th Congress
Vacant May 15, 1900 –
March 7, 1901
Clark was appointed to continue his vacant term, but did not qualify.
57th Congress 3 Elected in 1901.

Retired.
March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
Democratic  
William A. Clark
3
4  
Paris Gibson
Democratic March 7, 1901 –
March 3, 1905
Elected to finish Clark's term.[2][3]

Retired.
58th Congress
5  
Thomas H. Carter
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1911
Elected January 16, 1905.[4]

Lost re-election.
4 59th Congress
60th Congress 4 Elected January 16, 1907.[5]

Lost re-election as a Progressive.
March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
Republican  
Joseph M. Dixon
4
61st Congress
6  
Henry L. Myers
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1923
Elected March 2, 1911. 5 62nd Congress
63rd Congress 5 Elected January 14, 1913. March 4, 1913 –
March 2, 1933
Democratic  
Thomas J. Walsh
5
64th Congress
Re-elected in 1916.

Retired.
6 65th Congress
66th Congress 6 Re-elected in 1918.
67th Congress
7  
Burton K. Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1922. 7 68th Congress
69th Congress 7 Re-elected in 1924.
70th Congress
Re-elected in 1928. 8 71st Congress
72nd Congress 8 Re-elected in 1930.

Died.[6]
  March 2, 1933 –
March 13, 1933
Vacant
73rd Congress
Appointed to continue Walsh's term.

Lost nomination to finish Walsh's term.
March 13, 1933 –
November 6, 1934
Democratic  
John E. Erickson
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Elected to finish Walsh's term.[7] November 7, 1934 –
January 3, 1961
Democratic  
James E. Murray
7
Re-elected in 1934. 9 74th Congress
75th Congress 9 Elected to full term in 1936.
76th Congress
Re-elected in 1940.

Lost renomination.
10 77th Congress
78th Congress 10 Re-elected in 1942.
79th Congress
8  
Zales Ecton
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1953
Elected in 1946.

Lost re-election.
11 80th Congress
81st Congress 11 Re-elected in 1948.
82nd Congress
9  
Mike Mansfield
Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1952.[8] 12 83rd Congress
84th Congress 12 Re-elected in 1954.

Retired.
85th Congress
Re-elected in 1958. 13 86th Congress
87th Congress 13 Elected in 1960.[9] January 3, 1961 –
January 12, 1978
Democratic  
Lee Metcalf
8
88th Congress
Re-elected in 1964. 14 89th Congress
90th Congress 14 Re-elected in 1966.
91st Congress
Re-elected in 1970.

Retired.
15 92nd Congress
93rd Congress 15 Re-elected in 1972.

Died.
94th Congress
10  
John Melcher
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1976. 16 95th Congress
  January 12, 1978 –
January 22, 1978
Vacant
Appointed to finish Metcalf's term.

Lost nomination to full term.

Resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
January 22, 1978 –
December 12, 1978
Democratic  
Paul G. Hatfield
9
  December 12, 1978 –
December 15, 1978
Vacant
Appointed early to finish Hatfield's term, having already been elected to the next term.[10] December 15, 1978 –
February 6, 2014
Democratic  
Max Baucus
10
96th Congress 16 Elected in 1978.
97th Congress
Re-elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
17 98th Congress
99th Congress 17 Re-elected in 1984.
100th Congress
11  
Conrad Burns
Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2007
Elected in 1988. 18 101st Congress
102nd Congress 18 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd Congress
Re-elected in 1994. 19 104th Congress
105th Congress 19 Re-elected in 1996.
106th Congress
Re-elected in 2000.

Lost re-election.
20 107th Congress
108th Congress 20 Re-elected in 2002.
109th Congress
12  
Jon Tester
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
Present
Elected in 2006. 21 110th Congress
111th Congress 21 Re-elected in 2008.

Resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to China.
112th Congress
Re-elected in 2012. 22 113th Congress
  February 6, 2014 –
February 9, 2014
Vacant
Appointed to finish Baucus's term.

Retired.
February 9, 2014 –
January 3, 2015
Democratic  
John Walsh
11
114th Congress 22 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
Republican  
Steve Daines
12
115th Congress
To be determined in the 2018 election. 23 116th Congress
117th Congress 23 To be determined in the 2020 election.
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Class 1 Class 2

Living former U.S. Senators from MontanaEdit

As of October 2016, there are three former U.S. Senators who are living, one from Class 1 and two from Class 2. The most recent senator to die was Conrad Burns of Class 1 (1989-2007) on April 28, 2016. The most recent Class 2 senator to die was Paul G. Hatfield (1978) on July 3, 2000.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
John Melcher 1977–1989 1 (1924-09-06) September 6, 1924 (age 93)
Max Baucus 1978–2014 2 (1941-12-11) December 11, 1941 (age 75)
John Walsh 2014–2015 2 (1960-11-03) November 3, 1960 (age 57)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, ed. (1904). "The Province and the States: A History of the Province of Louisiana Under France and Spain, And of the Territories and States of the United States Formed Therefrom" (Vol. VI ed.). Madison, Wisconsin: Western Historical Association. p. 457. 
  2. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Paris Gibson". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gibson, Paris, (1830 - 1920)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ The World Almanac and Encyclopedia 1906. New York: The Press Publishing Co. New York World. 1905. p. 108. 
  5. ^ The Tribune Almanac and Political Register 1908. New York: The Tribune Association. 1908. p. 259. 
  6. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Thomas J. Walsh". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. James E. Murray". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Mike Mansfield". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Lee Metcalf". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Max Baucus". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 

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