List of United States senators from Idaho

Below is a chronological listing of the United States senators from Idaho. The state was admitted to the Union on July 3, 1890, and its U.S. senators belong to Class 2 and Class 3. Idaho's current senators are Republicans Mike Crapo and Jim Risch. William Borah was Idaho's longest-serving senator (1907–1940).

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 #
Vacant July 3, 1890 –
December 18, 1890
After joining the Union, Idaho did not elect its senators for six months. 1 51st 1 After joining the Union, Idaho did not elect its senators for six months. July 3, 1890 –
December 18, 1890
Vacant
1  
George Shoup
Republican December 18, 1890 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in 1890. Elected in 1890.

Retired.
December 18, 1890 –
March 3, 1891
Republican  
William McConnell
1
52nd 2 Elected in 1890.

Lost re-election as a Silver Republican.
March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
Republican  
Fred Dubois
2
53rd
Re-elected in 1895.

Lost re-election.
2 54th
55th 3 Elected in 1897.

Retired.
March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
Populist  
Henry Heitfeld
3
56th
2  
Fred Dubois
Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
Elected January 16, 1901 as a Silver Republican, but changed party to Democratic.

Lost re-election.
3 57th
58th 4 Elected January 13, 1903 March 4, 1903 –
October 17, 1912
Republican  
Weldon Heyburn
4
59th
3  
William Borah
Republican March 4, 1907 –
January 19, 1940
Elected January 15, 1907 4 60th
61st 5 Re-elected January 12, 1909.[1]

Died.
62nd
  October 17, 1912 –
November 18, 1912
Vacant
Appointed to continue Heyburn's term.

Lost election to finish Heyburn's term.
November 18, 1912 –
February 6, 1913
Democratic  
Kirtland Perky
5
Elected January 26, 1913 to finish Heyburn's term. February 6, 1913 –
January 13, 1918
Republican  
James Brady
6
Re-elected January 14, 1913. 5 63rd
64th 6 Re-elected in 1914.

Died.
65th
  January 13, 1918 –
January 22, 1918
Vacant
Appointed to continue Brady's term.

Elected November 5, 1918 to finish Brady's term.

Resigned to become a Federal Trade Commissioner, having lost election to a full term.
January 22, 1918 –
January 14, 1921
Democratic  
John Nugent
7
Re-elected in 1918 6 66th
Appointed to finish Nugent's term, having been elected to the next term. January 15, 1921 –
June 24, 1928
Republican  
Frank Gooding
8
67th 7 Elected to full term in 1920.
68th
Re-elected in 1924. 7 69th
70th 8 Re-elected in 1926.

Died.
  June 24, 1928 –
June 30, 1928
Vacant
Appointed to continue Gooding's term.

Elected November 6, 1928 to finish Gooding's term.

Lost re-election.
June 30, 1928 –
March 3, 1933
Republican  
John W. Thomas
9
71st
Re-elected in 1930. 8 72nd
73rd 9 Elected in 1932.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939
Democratic  
James Pope
10
74th
Re-elected in 1936.

Died.
9 75th
76th 10 Elected in 1938.

Lost renomination.
January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
Democratic  
D. Worth Clark
11
Vacant January 19, 1940 –
January 27, 1940
 
4  
John W. Thomas
Republican January 27, 1940 –
November 10, 1945
Appointed to continue Borah's term.

Elected November 5, 1940 to finish Borah's term.
77th
Re-elected in 1942.

Died.
10 78th
79th 11 Elected in 1944.

Lost renomination.
January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1951
Democratic  
Glen H. Taylor
12
Vacant November 10, 1945 –
November 17, 1945
 
5  
Charles C. Gossett
Democratic November 17, 1945 –
November 5, 1946
Appointed to continue Thomas's term.

Lost nomination to finish Thomas's term.
6  
Henry Dworshak
Republican November 6, 1946 –
January 3, 1949
Elected to finish Thomas's term.

Lost re-election.
80th
7  
Bert H. Miller
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
October 8, 1949
Elected in 1948.

Died.
11 81st
Vacant October 8, 1949 –
October 14, 1949
 
8  
Henry Dworshak
Republican October 14, 1949 –
July 23, 1962
Appointed to continue Miller's term.

Elected to November 7, 1950, to finish Miller's term.[2]
82nd 12 Elected in 1950.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1957
Republican  
Herman Welker
13
83rd
Re-elected in 1954 12 84th
85th 13 Elected in 1956. January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1981
Democratic  
Frank Church
14
86th
Re-elected in 1960.

Died.
13 87th
Vacant July 23, 1962 –
August 6, 1962
 
9  
Len Jordan
Republican August 6, 1962 –
January 3, 1973
Appointed to continue Dworshak's term.

Elected November 6, 1962 to finish Dworshak's term.
88th 14 Re-elected in 1962.
89th
Re-elected in 1966.

Retired.
14 90th
91st 15 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd
10  
Jim McClure
Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1991
Elected in 1972. 15 93rd
94th 16 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
95th
Re-elected in 1978. 16 96th
97th 17 Elected in 1980. January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1993
Republican  
Steve Symms
15
98th
Re-elected in 1984.

Retired.
17 99th
100th 18 Re-elected in 1986.

Retired.
101st
11  
Larry Craig
Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 2009
Elected in 1990. 18 102nd
103rd 19 Elected in 1992.

Retired to run for Governor of Idaho.
January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
Republican  
Dirk Kempthorne
16
104th
Re-elected in 1996. 19 105th
106th 20 Elected in 1998. January 3, 1999 –
Present
Republican  
Mike Crapo
17
107th
Re-elected in 2002.

Retired.
20 108th
109th 21 Re-elected in 2004.
110th
12  
Jim Risch
Republican January 3, 2009 –
Present
Elected in 2008. 21 111th
112th 22 Re-elected in 2010.
113th
Re-elected in 2014. 22 114th
115th 23 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
Re-elected in 2020. 23 117th
118th 24 To be determined in the 2022 election.
119th
To be determined in the 2026 election. 24 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 January 2022, there are three living former U.S. senators from Idaho. The most recent and most recently serving senator to die was Jim McClure (served 1973–1991) on February 26, 2011.

Senator Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Steve Symms 1981–1993 (1938-04-23) April 23, 1938 (age 83)
Larry Craig 1991–2009 (1945-07-20) July 20, 1945 (age 76)
Dirk Kempthorne 1993–1999 (1951-10-29) October 29, 1951 (age 70)

SuperlativesEdit

Longest serviceEdit

Senator First served Last served Length of service
William Borah March 4, 1907 January 19, 1940 32 years, 321 days
(12,009 days)
Frank Church January 3, 1957 January 3, 1981 24 years, 0 days
(8,766 days)
Mike Crapo January 3, 1999 Present 23 years, 22 days
(8,423 days)
Larry Craig January 3, 1991 January 3, 2009 18 years, 0 days
(6,575 days)
James A. McClure January 3, 1973 January 3, 1991 18 years, 0 days
(6,574 days)

Shortest serviceEdit

Senator First served Last served Length of service
William J. McConnell December 18, 1890 March 3, 1891 2 months, 1 week and 6 days
(75 days)
Kirtland I. Perky November 18, 1912 February 5, 1913 2 months, 2 weeks and 4 days
(79 days)
Bert H. Miller January 3, 1949 October 8, 1949 9 months and 5 days
(278 days)
Charles C. Gossett November 17, 1945 November 6, 1946 11 months, 2 weeks and 6 days
(354 days)
John F. Nugent January 22, 1918 January 14, 1921 2 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 2 days
(1,088 days)

Youngest at beginning of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth First served Age
Frank Church July 25, 1924 January 3, 1957 32 years, 5 months and 9 days
David Worth Clark April 2, 1902 January 3, 1939 36 years, 9 months and 1 day
Henry Heitfeld January 12, 1859 March 4, 1897 38 years, 1 month and 20 days
Fred Dubois May 29, 1851 March 4, 1891 39 years, 9 months and 4 days
Glen H. Taylor April 12, 1904 January 3, 1945 40 years, 8 months and 22 days

Oldest at end of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
Jim Risch May 3, 1943 Present 78 years, 8 months and 22 days
William Borah June 29, 1865 January 19, 1940 74 years, 6 months and 21 days
Leonard B. Jordan May 15, 1899 January 3, 1973 73 years, 7 months and 19 days
Bert H. Miller December 15, 1876 October 8, 1949 72 years, 9 months and 23 days
John W. Thomas January 4, 1874 November 10, 1945 71 years, 10 months and 6 days

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tribune Almanac (1910), p. 271.
  2. ^ Byrd, p. 99.

ReferencesEdit

  • Byrd, Robert C. (October 1, 1993). Wolff, Wendy (ed.). The Senate, 1789-1989: Historical Statistics, 1789-1992. United States Senate Historical Office (volume 4 Bicentennial ed.). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 9780160632563 – via Google Books.
  • The Tribune Almanac and Political Register 1910. New York: The Tribune Association. 1910. pp. 271–272 – via Hathi Trust Digital Library.