List of United States senators from Montana

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Current delegation

Montana was admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889 and elects U.S. senators to Classes 1 and 2. Its current U.S. senators are Democrat Jon Tester (serving since 2007) and Republican Steve Daines (serving since 2015), making it one of five states to have a split United States Senate delegation.

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List of senators

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 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.

#SenatorPartyDates in officeElectoral historyTTElectoral historyDates in officePartySenator#
VacantNovember 8, 1889 –
January 1, 1890
Montana elected its first Senators two months after admission to the Union.1 51st 1Montana elected its first Senators two months after admission to the Union.November 8, 1889 –
January 2, 1890
Vacant
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Wilbur F. Sanders
Republican January 1, 1890 –
March 3, 1893
Elected in 1890.

Lost re-election.
Elected in 1890.

Retired.
January 2, 1890 –
March 3, 1895
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Thomas C. Power
1
52nd
VacantMarch 3, 1893 –
January 16, 1895
Legislature failed to elect.2 53rd
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Lee Mantle
Republican January 16, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
Elected to finish vacant term.

Lost renomination.
54th 2 Elected in January 1895. [1]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
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Thomas H. Carter
2
Silver Republican 55th
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William A. Clark
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
May 15, 1900
Elected in 1899.

Resigned to avoid claim of election fraud.
3 56th
VacantMay 15, 1900 –
March 7, 1901
Clark was appointed to continue his vacant term, but did not qualify.
57th 3 Elected in 1901.

Retired.
March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
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William A. Clark
3
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Paris Gibson
Democratic March 7, 1901 –
March 3, 1905
Elected to finish Clark's term. [2] [3]

Retired.
58th
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Thomas H. Carter
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1911
Elected January 16, 1905. [4]

Lost re-election.
4 59th
60th 4 Elected January 16, 1907. [5]

Lost re-election as a Progressive.
March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
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Joseph M. Dixon
4
61st
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Henry L. Myers
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1923
Elected March 2, 1911.5 62nd
63rd 5 Elected January 14, 1913.March 4, 1913 –
March 2, 1933
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Thomas J. Walsh
5
64th
Re-elected in 1916.

Retired.
6 65th
66th 6 Re-elected in 1918.
67th
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Burton K. Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1922.7 68th
69th 7 Re-elected in 1924.
70th
Re-elected in 1928.8 71st
72nd 8 Re-elected in 1930.

Died. [6]
 March 2, 1933 –
March 13, 1933
Vacant
73rd
Appointed to continue Walsh's term.

Lost nomination to finish Walsh's term.
March 13, 1933 –
November 6, 1934
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John E. Erickson
6
Elected to finish Walsh's term. [7] November 7, 1934 –
January 3, 1961
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James E. Murray
7
Re-elected in 1934.9 74th
75th 9 Elected to full term in 1936.
76th
Re-elected in 1940.

Lost renomination.
10 77th
78th 10 Re-elected in 1942.
79th
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Zales Ecton
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1953
Elected in 1946.

Lost re-election.
11 80th
81st 11 Re-elected in 1948.
82nd
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Mike Mansfield
Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1952. [8] 12 83rd
84th 12 Re-elected in 1954.

Retired.
85th
Re-elected in 1958.13 86th
87th 13 Elected in 1960. [9] January 3, 1961 –
January 12, 1978
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Lee Metcalf
8
88th
Re-elected in 1964.14 89th
90th 14 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
Re-elected in 1970.

Retired.
15 92nd
93rd 15 Re-elected in 1972.

Died.
94th
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John Melcher
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1976.16 95th
 January 12, 1978 –
January 22, 1978
Vacant
Appointed to finish Metcalf's term.

Lost nomination to full term.

Resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
January 22, 1978 –
December 14, 1978
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Paul G. Hatfield
9
 December 14, 1978 –
December 15, 1978
Vacant
Appointed early to finish Hatfield's term, having already been elected to the next term. [10] December 15, 1978 –
February 6, 2014
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Max Baucus
10
96th 16 Elected in 1978.
97th
Re-elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
17 98th
99th 17 Re-elected in 1984.
100th
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Conrad Burns
Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2007
Elected in 1988.18 101st
102nd 18 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd
Re-elected in 1994.19 104th
105th 19 Re-elected in 1996.
106th
Re-elected in 2000.

Lost re-election.
20 107th
108th 20 Re-elected in 2002.
109th
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Jon Tester
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
Present
Elected in 2006.21 110th
111th 21 Re-elected in 2008.

Resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to China.
112th
Re-elected in 2012.22 113th
 February 6, 2014 –
February 9, 2014
Vacant
Appointed to finish Baucus's term.

Retired.
February 9, 2014 –
January 3, 2015
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John Walsh
11
114th 22 Elected in 2014.January 3, 2015 –
Present
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Steve Daines
12
115th
Re-elected in 2018.23 116th
117th 23 Re-elected in 2020.
118th
To be determined in the 2024 election.23 119th
120th 24To be determined in the 2026 election.
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Class 1 Class 2

Living former senators

As of January 2021, there are two living former U.S. senators from Montana. The most recent senator to die was John Melcher (served 1977–1989) on April 12, 2018. The most recently serving senator to die was Conrad Burns (served 1989-2007) on April 28, 2016.

SenatorTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)
Max Baucus 1978–2014December 11, 1941 (age 79)
John Walsh 2014–2015November 3, 1960 (age 60)

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References

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