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List of United States Senators from Texas

Current delegation
since January 3, 2013

Texas was admitted to the United States on December 29, 1845 and elects its U.S. Senators to Class 1 and Class 2. The state's current officeholders are Republicans Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (serving since 2002) and Ted Cruz (serving since 2013). A total of 27 Democrats, 7 Republicans, and 1 Liberal Republican have served or are serving as U.S. Senators from Texas.

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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 December 29, 1845 –
February 21, 1846
Texas did not elect its Senators until two months after statehood. 1 29th 1 Texas did not elect its Senators until two months after statehood. December 29, 1845 –
February 21, 1846
Vacant
1  
Thomas Jefferson Rusk
Democratic February 21, 1846 –
July 29, 1857
Elected in 1846. Elected in 1846. February 21, 1846 –
March 4, 1859
Democratic  
Sam Houston
1
30th 2 Re-elected in 1847.
31st
Re-elected in 1851. 2 32nd
33rd 3 Re-elected in 1853.

Retired.
34th
Re-elected in 1857.

Died.
3 35th
Vacant July 29, 1857 –
November 9, 1857
 
2  
James Pinckney Henderson
Democratic November 9, 1857 –
June 4, 1858
Appointed to finish Rusk's term.

Died.
Vacant June 4, 1858 –
September 27, 1858
 
3  
Matthias Ward
Democratic September 27, 1858 –
December 5, 1859
Appointed to continue Rusk's term.

Lost nomination to finish Rusk's term.
36th 4 Elected in 1859.

Expelled following Texas's secession from the Union.
March 4, 1859 –
July 11, 1861
Democratic  
John Hemphill
2
4  
Louis Wigfall
Democratic December 5, 1859 –
March 23, 1861
Elected to finish Rusk's term.

Withdrew.
37th
Vacant March 23, 1861 –
March 30, 1870
U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction.
U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction. July 11, 1861 –
March 31, 1870
Vacant
4 38th
39th 5
40th
5 41st
5  
James W. Flanagan
Republican March 30, 1870 –
March 3, 1875
Elected to finish the vacant term.
Elected to finish the vacant term. March 31, 1870 –
March 4, 1877
Republican  
Morgan C. Hamilton
3
42nd 6 Re-elected in 1871.

Retired.
43rd Liberal Republican
6  
Samuel B. Maxey
Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1887
Elected in 1875. 6 44th Republican
45th 7 Elected in 1876. March 4, 1877 –
March 4, 1895
Democratic  
Richard Coke
4
46th
Re-elected in 1881.

Lost re-election.
7 47th
48th 8 Re-elected in 1882.
49th
7  
John Henninger Reagan
Democratic March 4, 1887 –
June 10, 1891
Elected in 1887.

Resigned to become chairman of the Railroad Commission of Texas.
8 50th
51st 9 Re-elected in 1888.

Retired.
52nd
8  
Horace Chilton
Democratic June 10, 1891 –
March 22, 1892
Appointed to continue Reagan's term.

Lost election to finish Reagan's term.
9  
Roger Q. Mills
Democratic March 23, 1892 –
March 4, 1899
Elected to finish Reagan's term.
Re-elected in 1893.

Retired.
9 53rd
54th 10 Elected in 1894.

Retired.
March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1901
Democratic  
Horace Chilton
5
55th
10  
Charles Allen Culberson
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1923
Elected in 1899. 10 56th
57th 11 Elected in 1901. March 4, 1901 –
January 3, 1913
Democratic  
Joseph Weldon Bailey
6
58th
Re-elected January 25, 1905.[1] 11 59th
60th 12 Re-elected in 1907.

Resigned.
61st
Re-elected January 24, 1911. 12 62nd
Appointed to continue Bailey's term.

Lost election to finish Bailey's term.

Retired.
January 4, 1913 –
January 29, 1913
Democratic  
Rienzi Melville Johnston
7
  January 29, 1913 –
February 3, 1913
Vacant
Elected January 28, 1913 to finish Bailey's term. February 3, 1913 –
April 9, 1941
Democratic  
Morris Sheppard
8
63rd 13 Elected January 28, 1913 to the full term.
64th
Re-elected in 1916.

Lost re-election.
13 65th
66th 14 Re-elected in 1918.
67th
11  
Earle B. Mayfield
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 4, 1929
Elected in 1922.

Lost renomination.
14 68th
69th 15 Re-elected in 1924.
70th
12  
Tom Connally
Democratic March 4, 1929 –
January 3, 1953
Elected in 1928. 15 71st
72nd 16 Re-elected in 1930.
73rd
Re-elected in 1934. 16 74th
75th 17 Re-elected in 1936.

Died.
76th
Re-elected in 1940. 17 77th
  April 9, 1941 –
April 21, 1941
Vacant
Appointed to continue Sheppard's term.

Died.
April 21, 1941 –
June 26, 1941
Democratic  
Andrew Jackson Houston
9
  June 26, 1941 –
August 4, 1941
Vacant
Elected to finish Sheppard's term. August 4, 1941 –
January 3, 1949
Democratic  
W. Lee O'Daniel
10
78th 18 Re-elected in 1942.

Retired.
79th
Re-elected in 1946.

Retired.
18 80th
81st 19 Elected in 1948. January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1961
Democratic  
Lyndon B. Johnson
11
82nd
13  
Price Daniel
Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 14, 1957
Elected in 1952.

Resigned.
19 83rd
84th 20 Re-elected in 1954.

Re-elected in 1960, but resigned at the end of the term to become Vice President of the United States.
85th
14  
William A. Blakley
Democratic January 15, 1957 –
April 28, 1957
Appointed to continue Daniel's term.

Retired when his successor was elected.
15  
Ralph Yarborough
Democratic April 29, 1957 –
January 3, 1971
Elected to finish Daniel's term.
Re-elected in 1958. 20 86th
87th 21 Appointed to begin Johnson's term.

Lost election to finish Johnson's term.
January 3, 1961 –
June 14, 1961
Democratic  
William A. Blakley
12
Elected to finish Johnson's term. June 15, 1961 –
January 3, 1985
Republican  
John Tower
13
88th
Re-elected in 1964.

Lost renomination.
21 89th
90th 22 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
16  
Lloyd Bentsen
Democratic January 3, 1971 –
January 20, 1993
Elected in 1970. 22 92nd
93rd 23 Re-elected in 1972.
94th
Re-elected in 1976. 23 95th
96th 24 Re-elected in 1978.

Retired.
97th
Re-elected in 1982. 24 98th
99th 25 Elected in 1984. January 3, 1985 –
November 30, 2002
Republican  
Phil Gramm
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100th
Re-elected in 1988.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
25 101st
102nd 26 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd
Vacant January 20, 1993 –
January 23, 1993
 
17  
Bob Krueger
Democratic January 23, 1993 –
June 14, 1993
Appointed to continue Bentsen's term.

Lost election to finish Bentsen's term.
18  
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Republican June 14, 1993 –
January 3, 2013
Elected to finish Bentsen's term.
Re-elected in 1994. 26 104th
105th 27 Re-elected in 1996.

Retired, and resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
106th
Re-elected in 2000. 27 107th
  November 30, 2002 –
December 2, 2002
Vacant
Appointed to finish Gramm's term, having been elected to the next term. December 2, 2002 –
Present
Republican  
John Cornyn
15
108th 28 Elected in 2002.
109th
Re-elected in 2006.

Retired.
28 110th
111th 29 Re-elected in 2008.
112th
19  
Ted Cruz
Republican January 3, 2013 –
Present
Elected in 2012. 29 113th
114th 30 Re-elected in 2014.
115th
To be determined in the 2018 election. 30 116th
117th 31 To be determined in the 2020 election.


# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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Class 1 Class 2

List of living former SenatorsEdit

As of September 2018, there are three living former senators. The most recent Senator to die was Lloyd Bentsen (1971–1993) on May 23, 2006, who is also the most recently serving senator to die.

Senator Class Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Phil Gramm 2 January 3, 1985 – November 30, 2002 (1942-07-09) July 9, 1942 (age 76)
Bob Krueger 1 January 23, 1993 – June 14, 1993 (1935-09-19) September 19, 1935 (age 83)
Kay Bailey Hutchison 1 June 14, 1993 – January 3, 2013 (1943-07-22) July 22, 1943 (age 75)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The World Almanac and Encyclopedia 1906. New York: The Press Publishing Co. New York World. 1905. p. 108.