List of United States Senators from Arkansas

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Current delegation

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.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

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Secession is the withdrawal of a group from a larger entity, especially a political entity, but also from any organization, union or military alliance. Threats of secession can be a strategy for achieving more limited goals. It is, therefore, a process, which commences once a group proclaims the act of secession. It could involve a violent or peaceful process but these do not change the nature of the outcome, which is the creation of a new state or entity independent from the group or territory it seceded from.

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List of Senators

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected in the first election of 1836, for three Congresses, starting with the 24th and the seat was contested again for the 27th, 30th, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years has been contested in 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election is in 2020.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected in the first election of 1836, for one Congress starting with the 24th and the seat was contested again for the 25th, 28th, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years has been contested in 1998, 2004, and 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

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William S. Fulton
JacksonianSeptember 18, 1836 –
August 15, 1844
Elected in 1836.1 24th 1 Elected in 1836.September 18, 1836 –
March 15, 1848
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Ambrose H. Sevier
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Democratic 25th 2 Re-elected in 1837.Democratic
26th
Re-elected in 1840.

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

Resigned.
VacantAugust 15, 1844 –
November 8, 1844
 
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Chester Ashley
DemocraticNovember 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.jpg
Solon Borland
2
VacantApril 29, 1848 –
May 12, 1848
 
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William K. Sebastian
DemocraticMay 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
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Robert W. Johnson
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34th 5 Re-elected in 1855.

Retired.
35th
Re-elected in 1859.

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

Expelled for supporting the Confederacy.
March 4, 1861 –
July 11, 1861
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Charles B. Mitchel
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VacantJuly 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
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Alexander McDonald
RepublicanJune 22, 1868 –
March 3, 1871
Elected to finish vacant term.

Lost re-election.
Elected to finish vacant term.

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

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

Retired.
March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
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Stephen W. Dorsey
6
44th
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Augustus Garland
DemocraticMarch 4, 1877 –
March 6, 1885
Elected in 1876.8 45th
46th 9 Elected in 1878.

Retired.
March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1885
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James D. Walker
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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
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James K. Jones
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VacantMarch 6, 1885 –
March 20, 1885
 
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James H. Berry
DemocraticMarch 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
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James P. Clarke
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59th
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Jeff Davis
DemocraticMarch 4, 1907 –
January 3, 1913
Elected January 29, 1907. [3]

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

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

Retired.
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Joseph Robinson
DemocraticMarch 4, 1913 –
July 14, 1937
Elected January 29, 1913 [4] 14 63rd
64th 15 Re-elected in 1915.

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

Lost renomination.
November 8, 1916 –
March 3, 1921
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William F. Kirby
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65th
Re-elected in 1918.15 66th
67th 16 Elected in 1920.March 4, 1921 –
November 6, 1931
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Thaddeus H. Caraway
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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
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Hattie W. Caraway
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73rd 18 Re-elected in 1932.
74th
Re-elected in 1936.

Died.
18 75th
VacantJuly 14, 1937 –
November 15, 1937
 
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John E. Miller
DemocraticNovember 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
VacantMarch 31, 1941 –
April 1, 1941
 
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G. Lloyd Spencer
DemocraticApril 1, 1941 –
January 3, 1943
Appointed to finish Miller's term.

Retired.
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John L. McClellan
DemocraticJanuary 3, 1943 –
November 28, 1977
Elected in 1942.19 78th
79th 20 Elected in 1944.January 3, 1945 –
December 31, 1974
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J. William Fulbright
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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
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Dale Bumpers
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95th
VacantNovember 28, 1977 –
December 10, 1977
 
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Kaneaster Hodges, Jr.
DemocraticDecember 10, 1977 –
January 3, 1979
Appointed to finish McClellan's term.

Retired.
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David H. Pryor
DemocraticJanuary 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
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Tim Hutchinson
RepublicanJanuary 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2003
Elected in 1996.

Lost re-election.
28 105th
106th 29 Elected in 1998.January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
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Blanche Lincoln
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107th
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Mark Pryor
DemocraticJanuary 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
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John Boozman
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113th
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Tom Cotton
RepublicanJanuary 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014.31 114th
115th 32 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
To be determined in the 2020 election.32 117th
118th 33To be determined in the 2022 election.
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Living former senators

As of January 2019, there are five living former senators. The most recent to die was Dale Bumpers (served 1975–1999) on January 1, 2016, who is also the most recently serving senator to die.

Dale Bumpers American politician

Dale Leon Bumpers was an American politician who served as the 38th Governor of Arkansas (1971–1975) and in the United States Senate (1975–1999). He was a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to his death, he was counsel at the Washington, D.C. office of law firm Arent Fox LLP, where his clients included Riceland Foods and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

SenatorClassTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)
Kaneaster Hodges, Jr. 2December 10, 1977 – January 3, 1979August 20, 1938 (age 80)
David Pryor 2January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1997August 29, 1934 (age 84)
Tim Hutchinson 2January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003August 11, 1949 (age 69)
Blanche Lincoln 3January 3, 1999 – January 3, 2011September 30, 1960 (age 58)
Mark Pryor 2January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2015January 10, 1963 (age 56)

See also

United States congressional delegations from Arkansas

These are tables of congressional delegations from Arkansas to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.

References

  1. "Solon Borland (1811–1864) - Encyclopedia of Arkansas". www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net.
  2. 1 2 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 ]