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List of United States Senators from Nebraska

Current delegation
Sasse
since January 3, 2015

Nebraska was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867, and elects its United States Senators to Class 1 and Class 2. Nebraska's current Senators are Republicans Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse.

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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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1  
Thomas Tipton
Republican March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1875
Elected in 1867. 1 39th 1 Elected in 1867.

Lost re-election.
March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1871
Republican  
John Thayer
1
40th
Re-elected in 1869.

[Data unknown/missing.]
2 41st
42nd 2 Elected in 1870.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
Republican  
Phineas Hitchcock
2
43rd
2  
Algernon Paddock
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
Elected in 1875.

Lost re-election.
3 44th
45th 3 Elected in 1877.

[Data unknown/missing.]
March 5, 1877 –
March 4, 1883
Republican  
Alvin Saunders
3
46th
3  
Charles Van Wyck
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
Elected in 1880.

Lost re-election.
4 47th
48th 4 Elected in 1883. March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1895
Republican  
Charles F. Manderson
4
49th
4  
Algernon S. Paddock
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1893
Elected in 1886.

Retired.
5 50th
51st 5 Re-elected in 1888.

[Data unknown/missing.]
52nd
5  
William V. Allen
Populist March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
Elected in 1893.

Lost re-election.
6 53rd
54th 6 Elected in January 1895.

Retired.
March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1901
Republican  
John Mellen Thurston
5
55th
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
March 8, 1899
Legislature failed to elect. 7 56th
6  
Monroe Hayward
Republican March 8, 1899 –
December 5, 1899
Elected late.

Died before qualifying.
Vacant December 5, 1899 –
December 13, 1899
7  
William V. Allen
Populist December 13, 1899 –
March 28, 1901
Appointed to continue Hayward's term.

Lost election to finish Hayward's term.
57th 7 Legislature failed to elect March 4, 1901 –
March 28, 1901
Vacant
8  
Charles H. Dietrich
Republican March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1905
Elected to finish Hayward's term.

Retired.
Elected in 1901 to finish vacant term.

Retired.
March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
Republican  
Joseph Millard
6
58th
9  
Elmer Burkett
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
Elected January 17, 1905.

Lost renomination.
8 59th
60th 8 Elected January 15, 1907.[1]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
Republican  
Norris Brown
7
61st
10  
Gilbert Hitchcock
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1923
Elected January 18, 1911. 9 62nd
63rd 9 Elected January 21, 1913. March 4, 1913 –
January 3, 1937
Republican  
George W. Norris
8
64th
Re-elected in 1916.

Lost re-election.
10 65th
66th 10 Re-elected in 1918.
67th
11  
Robert B. Howell
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 11, 1933
Elected in 1922. 11 68th
69th 11 Re-elected in 1924.
70th
Re-elected in 1928.

Died.
12 71st
72nd 12 Re-elected in 1930.
73rd
Vacant March 11, 1933 –
May 24, 1933
12 William H. Thompson Democratic May 24, 1933 –
November 6, 1934
Appointed to continue Howell's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
13 Richard C. Hunter Democratic November 7, 1934 –
January 3, 1935
Elected to finish Howell's term.

Retired.
14  
Edward R. Burke
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1934.

Lost renomination.
13 74th
75th 13 Re-elected in 1936.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
Independent
76th
15  
Hugh A. Butler
Republican January 3, 1941 –
July 1, 1954
Elected in 1940. 14 77th
78th 14 Elected in 1942. January 3, 1943 –
November 29, 1951
Republican  
Kenneth S. Wherry
9
79th
Re-elected in 1946. 15 80th
81st 15 Re-elected in 1948.

Died.
82nd
  November 29, 1951 –
December 10, 1951
Vacant
Appointed to continue Wherry's term.

Retired when successor elected.
December 10, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
Republican  
Fred Andrew Seaton
10
Elected to finish Wherry's term.

Died.
November 5, 1952 –
April 12, 1954
Republican  
Dwight P. Griswold
11
Re-elected in 1952.


Died.
16 83rd
  April 12, 1954 –
April 16, 1954
Vacant
Appointed to continue Griswold's term.

Retired when successor elected.
April 16, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Republican  
Eva Bowring
12
Vacant July 1, 1954 –
July 3, 1954
 
Elected to finish Griswold's term.

Resigned.
November 8, 1954 –
December 31, 1954
Republican  
Hazel Abel
13
16  
Samuel W. Reynolds
Republican July 3, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Appointed to continue Butler's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
17  
Roman Hruska
Republican November 8, 1954 –
December 27, 1976
Elected to finish Butler's term
Appointed to finish Griswold's term, having already been elected to the next term. January 1, 1955 –
January 3, 1979
Republican  
Carl Curtis
14
84th 16 Elected in 1954.
85th
Re-elected in 1958. 17 86th
87th 17 Re-elected in 1960.
88th
Re-elected in 1964. 18 89th
90th 18 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
Re-elected in 1970.

Retired and resigned early.
18 92nd
93rd 19 Re-elected in 1972.

Retired.
94th
18  
Edward Zorinsky
Democratic December 28, 1976 –
March 6, 1987
Appointed to finish Hruska's term, having been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1976. 19 95th
96th 20 Elected in 1978. January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
Democratic  
J. James Exon
15
97th
Re-elected in 1982.

Died.
20 98th
99th 21 Re-elected in 1984.
100th
Vacant March 6, 1987 –
March 11, 1987
19  
David K. Karnes
Republican March 11, 1987 –
November 8, 1988
Appointed to finish Zorinsky's term.

Lost election to full term and resigned early.
Vacant November 8, 1988 –
January 3, 1989
20  
Bob Kerrey
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1988. 21 101st
102nd 22 Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
103rd
Re-elected in 1994.

Retired.
22 104th
105th 23 Elected in 1996. January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
Republican  
Chuck Hagel
16
106th
21  
Ben Nelson
Democratic January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 2000. 24 107th
108th 24 Re-elected in 2002.

Retired.
109th
Re-elected in 2006.

Retired.
25 110th
111th 25 Elected in 2008.

Retired.
January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
Republican  
Mike Johanns
17
112th
22  
Deb Fischer
Republican January 3, 2013 –
Present
Elected in 2012. 26 113th
114th 26 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
Republican  
Ben Sasse
18
115th
To be determined in the 2018 election. 27 116th
117th 27 To be determined in the 2020 election.
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Class 1 Class 2

Living former U.S. Senators from NebraskaEdit

As of October 2016, there are five former Senators from Nebraska who are currently living, three from Class 1 and two from Class 2. The most recent Senator to die was J. James Exon of Class 2 (1979–1997) on June 10, 2005. The most recent Class 1 Senator to die was Roman Hruska (1954–1976) on April 25, 1999. The most recently serving Class 1 Senator to die was Edward Zorinsky (1976–1987), who died in office on March 6, 1987.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
David Karnes 1987–1988 1 (1948-12-12) December 12, 1948 (age 69)
Bob Kerrey 1989–2001 1 (1943-08-27) August 27, 1943 (age 74)
Chuck Hagel 1997–2009 2 (1946-10-04) October 4, 1946 (age 71)
Ben Nelson 2001–2013 1 (1941-05-17) May 17, 1941 (age 77)
Mike Johanns 2009–2015 2 (1950-06-18) June 18, 1950 (age 68)

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