List of United States senators from Arkansas

Arkansas was admitted to the Union on June 15, 1836, and elects its senators to Class 2 and Class 3. Arkansas's Senate seats were declared vacant in July 1861, due to its secession from the Union. They were again filled from June 1868. Its current senators are Republicans John Boozman and Tom Cotton. John L. McClellan was Arkansas's longest-serving senator (1943–1977).

Current delegation

List of senatorsEdit

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2002, 2008, 2014, and 2020. The next election will be in 2026.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

# Senator Party Dates in office Electoral history T T Electoral history Dates in office Party Senator #
1  
William S. Fulton
Jacksonian September 18, 1836 –
August 15, 1844
Elected in 1836. 1 24th 1 Elected in 1836. September 18, 1836 –
March 15, 1848
Jacksonian  
Ambrose H. Sevier
1
Democratic 25th 2 Re-elected in 1837. Democratic
26th
Re-elected in 1840.

Died.
2 27th
28th 3 Re-elected in 1843.

Resigned.
Vacant August 15, 1844 –
November 8, 1844
 
2  
Chester Ashley
Democratic November 8, 1844 –
April 29, 1848
Elected to finish Fulton's term.
29th
Elected to a full term in 1846.

Died.
3 30th
  March 15, 1848 –
March 30, 1848
Vacant
Appointed to finish Sevier's term.[1] March 30, 1848 –
April 11, 1853
Democratic  
Solon Borland
2
Vacant April 29, 1848 –
May 12, 1848
 
3  
William K. Sebastian
Democratic May 12, 1848 –
July 11, 1861
Appointed to continue Ashley's term.

Elected November 17, 1848 to finish Ashley's term.[2]
31st 4 Elected to full term in 1848.

Resigned.
32nd
Elected to full term in 1853. 4 33rd
  April 11, 1853 –
July 6, 1853
Vacant
Appointed to continue Borland's term.

Elected to finish Borland's term November 10, 1854.[2]
July 6, 1853 –
March 3, 1861
Democratic  
Robert W. Johnson
3
34th 5 Re-elected in 1855.

Retired.
35th
Re-elected in 1859.

Expelled
(Expulsion was reversed by the Senate in 1877).
5 36th
37th 6 Elected in 1860 or 1861.

Expelled for supporting the Confederacy.
March 4, 1861 –
July 11, 1861
Democratic  
Charles B. Mitchel
4
Vacant July 11, 1861 –
June 22, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction Civil War and Reconstruction July 11, 1861 –
June 23, 1868
Vacant
38th
6 39th
40th 7
4  
Alexander McDonald
Republican June 22, 1868 –
March 3, 1871
Elected upon readmission.

Lost re-election.
Elected upon readmission.

Unknown if retired or lost re-election.
June 23, 1868 –
March 3, 1873
Republican  
Benjamin F. Rice
5
41st
5  
Powell Clayton
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
Elected in 1870.

Unknown if retired or lost re-election.
7 42nd
43rd 8 Elected in 1872 or 1873.

Retired.
March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
Republican  
Stephen W. Dorsey
6
44th
6  
Augustus Garland
Democratic March 4, 1877 –
March 6, 1885
Elected in 1876. 8 45th
46th 9 Elected in 1878.

Retired.
March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1885
Democratic  
James D. Walker
7
47th
Re-elected in 1883.

Resigned to become U.S. Attorney General.
9 48th
49th 10 Elected in 1885. March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1903
Democratic  
James K. Jones
8
Vacant March 6, 1885 –
March 20, 1885
 
7  
James H. Berry
Democratic March 20, 1885 –
March 3, 1907
Elected to finish Garland's term.
50th
Re-elected in 1889. 10 51st
52nd 11 Re-elected in 1891.
53rd
Re-elected in 1895. 11 54th
55th 12 Re-elected in 1897.

Lost re-election.
56th
Re-elected in 1901.

Lost re-election.
12 57th
58th 13 Elected in 1903. March 4, 1903 –
October 1, 1916
Democratic  
James P. Clarke
9
59th
8  
Jeff Davis
Democratic March 4, 1907 –
January 3, 1913
Elected January 29, 1907.[3]

Died.
13 60th
61st 14 Re-elected in 1909.
62nd
Vacant January 3, 1913 –
January 6, 1913
 
9  
John N. Heiskell
Democratic January 6, 1913 –
January 29, 1913
Appointed to continue Davis's term.

Successor qualified.
10  
William M. Kavanaugh
Democratic January 29, 1913 –
March 3, 1913
Elected to finish Davis's term.

Retired.
11  
Joseph Robinson
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
July 14, 1937
Elected January 29, 1913[4] 14 63rd
64th 15 Re-elected in 1914.

Died.
  October 1, 1916 –
November 8, 1916
Vacant
Elected to finish Clarke's term.

Lost renomination.
November 8, 1916 –
March 3, 1921
Democratic  
William F. Kirby
10
65th
Re-elected in 1918. 15 66th
67th 16 Elected in 1920. March 4, 1921 –
November 6, 1931
Democratic  
Thaddeus H. Caraway
11
68th
Re-elected in 1924. 16 69th
70th 17 Re-elected in 1926.

Died.
71st
Re-elected in 1930. 17 72nd
  November 6, 1931 –
November 13, 1931
Vacant
Appointed to finish her husband's term.

Elected January 12, 1932 to finish her husband's term.
November 13, 1931 –
January 3, 1945
Democratic  
Hattie W. Caraway
12
73rd 18 Re-elected in 1932.
74th
Re-elected in 1936.

Died.
18 75th
Vacant July 14, 1937 –
November 15, 1937
 
12  
John E. Miller
Democratic November 15, 1937 –
March 31, 1941
Elected to finish Robinson's term.

Resigned to become U.S. District Judge.
76th 19 Re-elected in 1938.

Lost renomination.
77th
Vacant March 31, 1941 –
April 1, 1941
 
13  
Lloyd Spencer
Democratic April 1, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Appointed to finish Miller's term.

Retired.
14  
John L. McClellan
Democratic January 3, 1943 –
November 28, 1977
Elected in 1942. 19 78th
79th 20 Elected in 1944. January 3, 1945 –
December 31, 1974
Democratic  
J. William Fulbright
13
80th
Re-elected in 1948. 20 81st
82nd 21 Re-elected in 1950.
83rd
Re-elected in 1954. 21 84th
85th 22 Re-elected in 1956.
86th
Re-elected in 1960. 22 87th
88th 23 Re-elected in 1962.
89th
Re-elected in 1966. 23 90th
91st 24 Re-elected in 1968.

Lost re-nomination, then resigned.
92nd
Re-elected in 1972.

Died.
24 93rd
  December 31, 1974 –
January 3, 1975
Vacant
94th 25 Elected in 1974. January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1999
Democratic  
Dale Bumpers
14
95th
Vacant November 28, 1977 –
December 10, 1977
 
15  
Kaneaster Hodges, Jr.
Democratic December 10, 1977 –
January 3, 1979
Appointed to finish McClellan's term.

Retired.
16  
David H. Pryor
Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
Elected in 1978. 25 96th
97th 26 Re-elected in 1980.
98th
Re-elected in 1984. 26 99th
100th 27 Re-elected in 1986.
101st
Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
27 102nd
103rd 28 Re-elected in 1992.

Retired.
104th
17  
Tim Hutchinson
Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1996.

Lost re-election.
28 105th
106th 29 Elected in 1998. January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
Democratic  
Blanche Lincoln
15
107th
18  
Mark Pryor
Democratic January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 2002. 29 108th
109th 30 Re-elected in 2004.

Lost re-election.
110th
Re-elected in 2008.

Lost re-election.
30 111th
112th 31 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
Present
Republican  
John Boozman
16
113th
19  
Tom Cotton
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 31 114th
115th 32 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
Re-elected in 2020. 32 117th
118th 33 To be determined in the 2022 election.
119th
To be determined in the 2026 election. 33 120th
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T   T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 2 Class 3

Living former senatorsEdit

As of November 2021, there are five living former U.S. senators from Arkansas. The most recent and most recently serving senator to die was Dale Bumpers (served 1975–1999) on January 1, 2016.

Senator Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Kaneaster Hodges Jr. 1977–1979 (1938-08-20) August 20, 1938 (age 83)
David Pryor 1979–1997 (1934-08-29) August 29, 1934 (age 87)
Tim Hutchinson 1997–2003 (1949-08-11) August 11, 1949 (age 72)
Blanche Lincoln 1999–2011 (1960-09-30) September 30, 1960 (age 61)
Mark Pryor 2003–2015 (1963-01-10) January 10, 1963 (age 58)

SuperlativesEdit

Longest serviceEdit

Senator First served Last served Length of service
John L. McClellan January 3, 1943 November 28, 1977 34 years, 329 days
(12,748 days)
J. William Fulbright January 3, 1945 December 31, 1974 29 years, 362 days
(10,954 days)
Joseph Taylor Robinson March 4, 1913 July 14, 1937 24 years, 132 days
(8,898 days)
Dale Bumpers January 3, 1975 January 3, 1999 24 years, 0 days
(8,766 days)
James Henderson Berry March 20, 1885 March 3, 1907 21 years, 348 days
(8,017 days)

Shortest serviceEdit

Senator First served Last served Length of service
John N. Heiskell January 6, 1913 January 29, 1913 3 weeks and 2 days
(23 days)
William Marmaduke Kavanaugh January 29, 1913 March 3, 1913 1 month and 3 days
(33 days)
Charles B. Mitchel March 4, 1861 July 11, 1861 4 months and 1 week
(129 days)
Kaneaster Hodges Jr. December 10, 1977 January 3, 1979 1 year, 3 weeks and 3 days
(389 days)
Lloyd Spencer April 1, 1941 January 3, 1943 1 year, 9 months and 2 days
(642 days)

Youngest at beginning of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth First served Age
Stephen Wallace Dorsey February 28, 1842 March 4, 1873 31 years and 4 days
Ambrose Hundley Sevier November 4, 1801 September 18, 1836 34 years, 10 months and 14 days
William K. Sebastian June 12, 1812 May 12, 1848 35 years and 11 months
Alexander McDonald April 10, 1832 June 22, 1868 36 years, 2 months and 12 days
Powell Clayton August 7, 1833 March 4, 1871 37 years, 6 months and 25 days

Oldest at end of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
John L. McClellan February 25, 1896 November 28, 1977 81 years, 9 months and 3 days
Dale Bumpers August 12, 1925 January 3, 1999 73 years, 4 months and 22 days
John Boozman December 10, 1950 Present 70 years, 11 months and 17 days
J. William Fulbright April 9, 1905 December 31, 1974 69 years, 8 months and 22 days
Hattie Wyatt Caraway February 1, 1878 January 3, 1945 66 years, 11 months and 2 days

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Solon Borland (1811–1864) - Encyclopedia of Arkansas". www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net.
  2. ^ a b Byrd, Robert C.; Wolff, Wendy (October 1, 1993). The Senate, 1789-1989: Historical Statistics, 1789-1992 (volume 4 Bicentennial ed.). U.S. Government Printing Office., page 80
  3. ^ The Tribune Almanac and Political Register 1908. New York: The Tribune Association. 1908. p. 258.
  4. ^ Robinson was the last U.S. senator elected by a state legislature before the ratification of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[citation needed]