List of United States senators from Utah

Utah was admitted to the Union on January 4, 1896, and it popularly elects U.S. senators to Class 1 and Class 3, despite the Utah State Legislature's rejection of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution when it was passed in 1913. Its current Senators are Republicans Mike Lee and Mitt Romney. Orrin Hatch was Utah's longest-serving senator (1977–2019).

Current delegation

List of senatorsEdit

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. The next election will be in 2024.

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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 January 4, 1896 –
January 22, 1896
Utah elected its senators 18 days after statehood. 1 54th 1 Utah elected its senators 18 days after statehood. January 4, 1896 –
January 22, 1896
Vacant
1  
Frank J. Cannon

Republican
 
January 22, 1896 –
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1896. Elected in 1896.

Retired.
January 22, 1896 –
March 3, 1897
Republican  
Arthur Brown
1
Silver
Republican
55th 2 Elected in 1897.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
Democratic  
Joseph L. Rawlins
2
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
January 23, 1901
Legislature failed to elect. Cannon and Alfred W. McCune were the frontrunners.[1] 2 56th
2  
Thomas Kearns
Republican January 23, 1901 –
March 3, 1905
Elected late in 1901.

Retired.
57th
58th 3 Elected in 1903. March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1933
Republican  
Reed Smoot
3
3  
George Sutherland
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1917
Elected January 18, 1905.[2] 3 59th
60th
61st 4 Re-elected January 19, 1909.
Re-elected January 17, 1911.

Lost re-election.
4 62nd
63rd
64th 5 Re-elected in 1914.
4  
William H. King
Democratic March 4, 1917 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1916. 5 65th
66th
67th 6 Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1922. 6 68th
69th
70th 7 Re-elected in 1926.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1928. 7 71st
72nd
73rd 8 Elected in 1932. March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1951
Democratic  
Elbert D. Thomas
4
Re-elected in 1934.

Lost renomination.
8 74th
75th
76th 9 Re-elected in 1938.
5  
Abe Murdock
Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1940.

Lost re-election.
9 77th
78th
79th 10 Re-elected in 1944.

Lost re-election.
6  
Arthur V. Watkins
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1959
Elected in 1946. 10 80th
81st
82nd 11 Elected in 1950. January 3, 1951 –
December 20, 1974
Republican  
Wallace F. Bennett
5
Re-elected in 1952.

Lost re-election.
11 83rd
84th
85th 12 Re-elected in 1956.
7  
Frank E. Moss
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1958. 12 86th
87th
88th 13 Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964. 13 89th
90th
91st 14 Re-elected in 1968.

Retired, and resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
Re-elected in 1970.

Lost re-election.
14 92nd
93rd
Appointed to finish Bennett's term, having already been elected to the next term December 21, 1974 –
January 3, 1993
Republican  
Jake Garn
6
94th 15 Elected in 1974.
8  
Orrin Hatch
Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 2019
Elected in 1976. 15 95th
96th
97th 16 Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982. 16 98th
99th
100th 17 Re-elected in 1986.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1988. 17 101st
102nd
103rd 18 Elected in 1992. January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2011
Republican  
Bob Bennett
7
Re-elected in 1994. 18 104th
105th
106th 19 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000. 19 107th
108th
109th 20 Re-elected in 2004.

Lost renomination.
Re-elected in 2006. 20 110th
111th
112th 21 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
Present
Republican  
Mike Lee
8
Re-elected in 2012.

Retired.
21 113th
114th
115th 22 Re-elected in 2016.
9  
Mitt Romney
Republican January 3, 2019 –
Present
Elected in 2018. 22 116th
117th
118th 23 To be determined in the 2022 election.
To be determined in the 2024 election. 23 119th
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T   T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 1 Class 3

Living former senatorsEdit

As of January 2022, there are two living former U.S. senators from Utah. The most recent and most recently serving senator to die was Bob Bennett (served 1993–2011) on May 4, 2016.

Senator Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Jake Garn 1974–1993 (1932-10-12) October 12, 1932 (age 89)
Orrin Hatch 1977–2019 (1934-03-22) March 22, 1934 (age 87)

SuperlativesEdit

Longest serviceEdit

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Orrin Hatch January 3, 1977 January 3, 2019 42 years, 0 days
(15,340 days)
Reed Smoot March 4, 1903 March 3, 1933 29 years, 364 days
(10,957 days)
Wallace F. Bennett January 3, 1951 December 20, 1974 23 years, 351 days
(8,752 days)
William H. King March 4, 1917 January 3, 1941 23 years, 305 days
(8,706 days)
Jake Garn December 21, 1974 January 3, 1993 18 years, 13 days
(6,588 days)

Shortest serviceEdit

Excludes incumbent Romney

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Arthur Brown January 22, 1896 March 3, 1897 1 year, 1 month, 1 week and 2 days
(406 days)
Frank J. Cannon January 22, 1896 March 3, 1899 3 years, 1 month, 1 week and 2 days
(1,136 days)
Thomas Kearns January 23, 1901 March 3, 1905 4 years, 1 month, 1 week and 1 day
(1,500 days)
Joseph Lafayette Rawlins March 4, 1897 March 3, 1903 5 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 6 days
(2,189 days)
Orrice Abram Murdock Jr. January 3, 1941 January 3, 1947 6 years
(2,191 days)

Youngest at beginning of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth First served Age
Frank J. Cannon January 25, 1859 January 22, 1896 36 years, 11 months and 28 days
Thomas Kearns April 11, 1862 January 23, 1901 38 years, 9 months and 12 days
Mike Lee June 4, 1971 January 3, 2011 39 years, 6 months and 30 days
Reed Smoot January 10, 1862 March 4, 1903 41 years, 1 month and 22 days
Jake Garn October 12, 1932 December 21, 1974 42 years, 2 months and 9 days

Oldest at end of serviceEdit

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
Orrin Hatch March 22, 1934 January 3, 2019 84 years, 9 months and 12 days
William H. King June 3, 1863 January 3, 1941 77 years and 7 months
Bob Bennett September 18, 1933 January 3, 2011 77 years, 3 months and 16 days
Wallace F. Bennett November 13, 1898 December 20, 1974 76 years, 1 month and 7 days
Mitt Romney March 12, 1947 Present 74 years, 10 months and 8 days

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Utah Fails to Elect Senator". Boston Evening Transcript. March 10, 1899. Retrieved April 30, 2010.
  2. ^ The World Almanac and Encyclopedia 1906. New York: The Press Publishing Co. New York World. 1905. p. 108.

See alsoEdit