List of United States senators from Arizona

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Current delegation

Arizona was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1912. U.S. senators from Arizona belong to Class 1 and Class 3 and are popularly elected for a six-year term beginning January 3. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1. The state's current U.S. senators are Democrats Kyrsten Sinema, serving since 2019, and Mark Kelly, serving since 2020.

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List of senators

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle who were elected for three Congresses in the state's first election of 1912. The seat in recent years has been contested in 2006, 2012 and 2018. The next election will be held in 2024.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle who were elected for two Congresses in the state's first election of 1912. The seat in recent years has been contested in 2004, 2010 and 2016. The next election was a special election in 2020 to fill the remaining two years in John McCain's unfinished term, followed by a regular election in 2022.

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Henry F. Ashurst
Democratic March 27, 1912 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1912.1 62nd 1 Elected in 1912.March 27, 1912 –
March 3, 1921
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Marcus A. Smith
1
63rd
64th 2 Re-elected in 1914.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1916.2 65th
66th
67th 3 Elected in 1920.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1927
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Ralph H. Cameron
2
Re-elected in 1922.3 68th
69th
70th 4 First elected in 1926.March 4, 1927 –
January 3, 1969
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Carl Hayden
3
Re-elected in 1928.4 71st
72nd
73rd 5 Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.

Lost renomination.
5 74th
75th
76th 6 Re-elected in 1938.
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Ernest McFarland
Democratic January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1953
Elected in 1940.6 77th
78th
79th 7 Re-elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.

Lost re-election.
7 80th
81st
82nd 8 Re-elected in 1950.
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Barry Goldwater
Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1965
First elected in 1952.8 83rd
84th
85th 9 Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.

Retired to run for U.S. President.
9 86th
87th
88th 10 Re-elected in 1962.

Retired.
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Paul Fannin
Republican January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1977
First elected in 1964.10 89th
90th
91st 11 Elected again in 1968.January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1987
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Barry Goldwater
4
Re-elected in 1970.

Retired.
11 92nd
93rd
94th 12 Re-elected in 1974.
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Dennis DeConcini
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1995
First elected in 1976.12 95th
96th
97th 13 Re-elected in 1980.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1982.13 98th
99th
100th 14 Elected in 1986.January 3, 1987 –
August 25, 2018
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John McCain
5
Re-elected in 1988.

Retired.
14 101st
102nd
103rd 15 Re-elected in 1992.
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Jon Kyl
Republican January 3, 1995 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 1994.15 104th
105th
106th 16 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.16 107th
108th
109th 17 Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.

Retired.
17 110th
111th
112th 18 Re-elected in 2010.
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Jeff Flake
Republican January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2019
Elected in 2012.

Retired.
18 113th
114th
115th 19 Re-elected in 2016.

Died in office.
August 25, 2018 –
September 4, 2018
Vacant
Appointed to continue McCain's term.

Resigned.
September 4, 2018 –
December 31, 2018
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Jon Kyl
6
 December 31, 2018 –
January 3, 2019
Vacant
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Kyrsten Sinema
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
Present
Elected in 2018.19 116th Appointed to continue McCain's term.

Lost election to finish McCain's term.
January 3, 2019 –
December 2, 2020
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Martha McSally
7
Elected to finish McCain's term.December 2, 2020 –
Present
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Mark Kelly
8
117th
118th 20 To be determined in the 2022 election.
To be determined in the 2024 election.20 119th
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Class 1 Class 3

Superlatives (top 5)

Longest service

SenatorFirst servedLast servedLength of service
Carl Hayden March 4, 1927January 3, 196941 years, 9 months and 30 days
(15,281 days)
John McCain January 3, 1987August 25, 201831 years, 7 months and 22 days
(11,557 days)
Barry Goldwater January 3, 1953January 3, 198730 years
(10,957 days) [lower-alpha 1]
Henry F. Ashurst March 27, 1912January 3, 194128 years, 9 months and 7 days
(10,509 days)
Jon Kyl January 3, 1995December 31, 201818 years, 4 months and 1 day
(6,693 days) [lower-alpha 2]

Shortest service

Does not include incumbents

SenatorFirst servedLast servedLength of service
Martha McSally January 3, 2019December 2, 20201 year, 10 months, 4 weeks and 1 day (699 days)
Ralph H. Cameron March 4, 1921March 3, 19275 years, 11 months, 3 weeks and 6 days
(2,190 days)
Jeff Flake January 3, 2013January 3, 20196 years (2,191 days)
Marcus A. Smith March 27, 1912March 3, 19218 years, 11 months and 4 days
(3,263 days)
Ernest McFarland January 3, 1941January 3, 195312 years
(4,383 days)
Paul Fannin January 3, 1965January 3, 1977

Youngest at beginning of service

SenatorDate of birthFirst servedAge
Henry F. Ashurst September 13, 1874March 27, 191237 years, 6 months and 14 days
Dennis DeConcini May 8, 1937January 3, 197739 years, 7 months and 26 days
Kyrsten Sinema July 12, 1976January 3, 201942 years, 5 months and 22 days
Ernest McFarland October 9, 1894January 3, 194146 years, 2 months and 25 days
Carl Hayden October 2, 1877March 4, 192749 years, 5 months and 2 days

Oldest at end of service

SenatorDate of birthLast servedAge
Carl Hayden October 2, 1877January 3, 196991 years, 3 months and 1 day
John McCain August 29, 1936August 25, 201881 years, 11 months and 27 days
Barry Goldwater January 2, 1909January 3, 198778 years and 1 day
Jon Kyl April 25, 1942December 31, 201876 years, 8 months and 6 days
Marcus A. Smith January 24, 1851March 4, 192170 years, 1 month and 8 days


Living former senators

As of January 2021, there are four living former U.S. senators from Arizona. The most recent and most recently serving senator to die was John McCain (served 1987–2018), who died in office on August 25, 2018.

SenatorTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)
Dennis DeConcini January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1995May 8, 1937 (age 83)
Jon Kyl January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2013
September 4, 2018 – December 31, 2018
April 25, 1942 (age 78)
Jeff Flake January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2019December 31, 1962 (age 58)
Martha McSally

January 3, 2019 – December 2, 2020

March 22, 1966 (age 54)

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References

  1. Goldwater declined to run for re-election in the Class 1 seat in 1964, choosing instead to run for President. After losing the presidential race, he was once again elected to the Senate in 1968, thus creating a four year gap in service. His length of service pauses on January 3, 1965, and resumes January 3, 1969. Thus, he served only 30 years in the Senate, despite finally leaving 34 years after first assumed office.
  2. Kyl retired from the Senate on January 3, 2013, after declining to run for re-election in 2012. Following the death of John McCain, Kyl was nominated by governor Doug Ducey to the vacant seat previously held by McCain on September 4, 2018, 10 days after McCain passed away. Kyl resigned from that seat on December 31, 2018. His length of services pauses on January 3, 2013 and resumes September 4, 2018. Thus, he served only 18 years, 4 months and 1 day in the Senate, despite finally leaving the Senate almost 25 years after he first assumed office.

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