List of United States Senators from Oklahoma

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Current delegation

Oklahoma was admitted to the Union on November 16, 1907 and elects United States Senators to Class 2 and Class 3. The state's current U.S. Senators are Republicans James Inhofe (serving since 1994) and James Lankford (serving since 2015).

Oklahoma State of the United States of America

Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, Texas on the south, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which dramatically increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.

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List of Senators

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.


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.

#SenatorPartyYears in officeElectoral historyT
Electoral historyYears in officePartySenator#
VacantNovember 16, 1907 –
December 11, 1907
Oklahoma did not elect its Senators until one month after statehood.1 60th 1Oklahoma did not elect its Senators until one month after statehood.November 16, 1907 –
December 11, 1907
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Robert L. Owen
DemocraticDecember 11, 1907 –
March 4, 1925
Elected December 10, 1907. Elected December 10, 1907.December 11, 1907 –
March 4, 1921
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Thomas Gore
61st 2 Re-elected January 19, 1909.
Re-elected January 21, 1913.2 63rd
64th 3 Re-elected in 1914.

Lost renomination.
Re-elected in 1918.

3 66th
67th 4 Elected in 1920.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1921 –
March 4, 1927
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John W. Harreld
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William B. Pine
RepublicanMarch 4, 1925 –
March 4, 1931
Elected in 1924.

Lost re-election.
4 69th
70th 5 Elected in 1926.March 4, 1927 –
January 3, 1951
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Elmer Thomas
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Thomas Gore
DemocraticMarch 4, 1931 –
January 3, 1937
Elected in 1930.

Lost renomination.
5 72nd
73rd 6 Re-elected in 1932.
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Joshua B. Lee
DemocraticJanuary 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
Elected in 1936.

Lost re-election.
6 75th
76th 7 Re-elected in 1938.
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Edward H. Moore
RepublicanJanuary 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1949
Elected in 1942.

7 78th
79th 8 Re-elected in 1944.

Lost renomination.
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Robert S. Kerr
DemocraticJanuary 3, 1949 –
January 1, 1963
Elected in 1948.8 81st
82nd 9 Elected in 1950.January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1969
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A. S. Mike Monroney
Re-elected in 1954.9 84th
85th 10 Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1960.

10 87th
VacantJanuary 1, 1963 –
January 7, 1963
88th 11 Re-elected in 1962.

Lost re-election.
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J. Howard Edmondson
DemocraticJanuary 7, 1963 –
November 3, 1964
Appointed to continue Kerr's term

Lost nomination to finish Kerr's term.
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Fred R. Harris
DemocraticNovember 3, 1964 –
January 3, 1973
Elected to finish Kerr's term.
Re-elected in 1966.

11 90th
91st 12 Elected in 1968.January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1981
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Henry Bellmon
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Dewey F. Bartlett
RepublicanJanuary 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1979
Elected in 1972.

12 93rd
94th 13 Re-elected in 1974.

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David Boren
DemocraticJanuary 3, 1979 –
November 15, 1994
Elected in 1978.13 96th
97th 14 Elected in 1980.January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 2005
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Don Nickles
Re-elected in 1984.14 99th
100th 15 Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1990.

Resigned to become President of the University of Oklahoma.
15 102nd
103rd 16 Re-elected in 1992.
VacantNovember 15, 1994 –
November 17, 1994
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Jim Inhofe
RepublicanNovember 17, 1994 –
Elected to finish Boren's term.
Re-elected in 1996.16 105th
106th 17 Re-elected in 1998.

Re-elected in 2002.17 108th
109th 18 Elected in 2004.January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2015
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Tom Coburn
Re-elected in 2008.18 111th
112th 19 Re-elected in 2010.

Re-elected in 2014.19 114th Elected to finish Coburn's term.January 3, 2015 –
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James Lankford
115th 20 Re-elected in 2016.
To be decided in the 2020 election.20 117th
118th 21To be decided in the 2022 election.
#SenatorPartyYears in officeElectoral historyT
Electoral historyYears in officePartySenator#
Class 2 Class 3

Living former U.S. Senators from Oklahoma

As of January 2019, there are four former living U.S. Senators from Oklahoma, two from Class 2 and two from Class 3. The most recent officeholder to die was Henry Bellmon of Class 3 (served 1969–1981) on September 29, 2009, who was also the most recently serving to die.

Henry Bellmon American politician

Henry Louis Bellmon was an American Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. A member of the Oklahoma Legislature, he went on to become both the 18th and 23rd Governor of Oklahoma, mainly in the 1960s and again in the 1980s, as well as a two-term United States Senator in the 1970s. He was the first Republican to serve as Governor of Oklahoma and, after his direct predecessor George Nigh, only the second Governor to be reelected.

SenatorTerm of officeClassDate of birth (and age)
Fred R. Harris 1964–19732November 13, 1930 (age 88)
David L. Boren 1979–19942April 21, 1941 (age 78)
Don Nickles 1981–20053December 6, 1948 (age 70)
Tom Coburn 2005–20153March 14, 1948 (age 71)

See also

United States congressional delegations from Oklahoma Wikimedia list article

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


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