List of United States senators from North Dakota

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Current delegation

North Dakota was admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889, and elects U.S. senators to Class 1 and Class 3. Its current Senators in Congress are Republicans John Hoeven (since 2011) and Kevin Cramer (since 2019).

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List of senators

Class 1

Class 1 senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. The next election will be in 2024.

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Class 3

Class 3 senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

#SenatorPartyDates in officeElectoral historyTTElectoral historyDates in officePartySenator#
VacantNovember 2, 1889 –
November 25, 1889
North Dakota achieved statehood November 2, 1889 but its Senators were not elected until November 25, 1889.1 51st 1North Dakota achieved statehood November 2, 1889 but its Senators were not elected until November 25, 1889.November 2, 1889 –
November 25, 1889
Vacant
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Lyman R. Casey
Republican November 25, 1889 –
March 4, 1893
Elected in 1889.

Lost renomination.
Elected in 1889.

Lost re-election.
November 25, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
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Gilbert A. Pierce
1
52nd 2 Elected in 1891.March 4, 1891 –
March 4, 1909
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Henry C. Hansbrough
2
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William N. Roach
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
Elected in 1893. [1]

Lost re-election.

2 53rd
54th
55th 3 Re-elected in 1897.
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Porter J. McCumber
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1923
Elected January 20, 1899. [2] 3 56th
57th
58th 4 Re-elected in 1903.

Lost renomination.
Re-elected January 18, 1905. [3] 4 59th
60th
61st 5 Elected January 19, 1909.

Died.
March 4, 1909 –
October 21, 1909
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Martin N. Johnson
3
 October 21, 1909 –
November 10, 1909
Vacant
Appointed to continue Johnson's term.

Resigned.
November 10, 1909 –
January 31, 1910
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Fountain L. Thompson
4
Appointed to continue Johnson's term.

Lost election to finish Johnson's term.
February 1, 1910 –
February 1, 1911
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William E. Purcell
5
Elected January 17, 1911 to finish Johnson's term, but didn't qualify until resigning from the U.S. House.February 2, 1911 –
March 3, 1921
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Asle Gronna
6
Re-elected in 1911.5 62nd
63rd
64th 6 Re-elected in 1914.

Lost renomination.
Re-elected in 1916.

Lost renomination.
6 65th
66th
67th 7 Elected in 1920.

Died.
March 4, 1921 –
June 22, 1925
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Edwin F. Ladd
7
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Lynn Frazier
Republican
(NPL)
March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1922.7 68th
69th
 June 22, 1925 –
November 14, 1925
Vacant
Appointed to continue Ladd's term.

Elected June 30, 1926 to finish Ladd's term.
November 14, 1925 –
January 3, 1945
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Gerald Nye
8
70th 8 Re-elected in 1926.
Re-elected in 1928.8 71st
72nd
73rd 9 Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.

Lost renomination.
9 74th
75th
76th 10 Re-elected in 1938.

Lost re-election.
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William Langer
Republican
(NPL)
January 3, 1941 –
November 8, 1959
Elected in 1940.10 77th
78th
79th 11 Elected in 1944.

Died.
January 3, 1945 –
March 3, 1945
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John Moses
9
 March 3, 1945 –
March 12, 1945
Vacant
Appointed to continue Moses's term.

Elected June 25, 1946 to finish Moses's term.
March 12, 1945 –
January 3, 1981
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Milton Young
10
Re-elected in 1946.11 80th
81st
82nd 12 Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.12 83rd
84th
85th 13 Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1958.

Died.
13 86th
VacantNovember 8, 1959 –
November 19, 1959
 
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Norman Brunsdale
Republican November 19, 1959 –
August 7, 1960
Appointed to continue Langer's term.

Retired when successor elected.
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Quentin Burdick
Democratic
-NPL
August 8, 1960 –
September 8, 1992
Elected to finish Langer's term.
87th
88th 14 Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964.14 89th
90th
91st 15 Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.15 92nd
93rd
94th 16 Re-elected in 1974.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1976.16 95th
96th
97th 17 Elected in 1980.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
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Mark Andrews
11
Re-elected in 1982.17 98th
99th
100th 18 Elected in 1986.

Retired, then resigned early when elected to the other Senate seat.
January 3, 1987 –
December 14, 1992
Democratic
-NPL
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Kent Conrad
12
Re-elected in 1988.

Died.
18 101st
102nd
VacantSeptember 8, 1992 –
September 16, 1992
 
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Jocelyn Burdick
Democratic
-NPL
September 16, 1992 –
December 14, 1992
Appointed to continue her husband's term.

Retired when successor elected.
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Kent Conrad
Democratic
-NPL
December 14, 1992 –
January 3, 2013
Elected to finish Burdick's term. Appointed early to finish Conrad's term, having already been elected to the next term.December 15, 1992 –
January 3, 2011
Democratic
-NPL
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Byron Dorgan
13
103rd 19 Elected to full term in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.19 104th
105th
106th 20 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000.20 107th
108th
109th 21 Re-elected in 2004.

Retired.
Re-elected in 2006.

Retired.
21 110th
111th
112th 22 Elected in 2010.January 3, 2011 –
Present
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John Hoeven
14
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Heidi Heitkamp
Democratic
-NPL
January 3, 2013 –
January 3, 2019
Elected in 2012.

Lost re-election.
22 113th
114th
115th 23 Re-elected in 2016.
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Kevin Cramer
Republican January 3, 2019 –
Present
Elected in 2018. [4] 23 116th
117th
118th 24 To be determined in the 2022 election.
To be determined in the 2024 election.24 119th
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Class 1 Class 3

Superlatives (top 5)

Longest service

SenatorFirst servedLast servedLength of service
Milton Young March 12, 1945January 3, 198135 years, 9 months and 22 days
(13,081 days)
Quentin Burdick August 8, 1960September 8, 199232 years and 1 month
(11,719 days)
Kent Conrad January 3, 1987January 3, 201326 years
(9,497 days)
Porter J. McCumber March 4, 1899March 4, 192324 years
(8,765 days)
Gerald Nye November 14, 1925January 3, 194519 years, 1 month and 20 days
(6,990 days)

Shortest service

Excludes incumbent Cramer

SenatorFirst servedLast servedLength of service
John Moses January 3, 1945March 3, 19452 months
(59 days)
Fountain L. Thompson November 10, 1909January 31, 19102 months and 3 weeks
(82 days)
Jocelyn Burdick September 16, 1992December 14, 19922 months and 4 weeks
(89 days)
Martin N. Johnson March 4, 1909October 21, 19097 months, 2 weeks and 3 days
(231 days)
Norman Brunsdale November 19, 1959August 7, 19608 months, 2 weeks and 5 days
(262 days)

Youngest at beginning of service

SenatorDate of birthFirst servedAge
Gerald Nye December 19, 1892March 4, 192532 years, 2 months and 13 days
Kent Conrad March 12, 1948January 3, 198738 years, 9 months and 22 days
Porter J. McCumber February 3, 1858March 4, 189941 years, 1 month and 1 day
Henry C. Hansbrough January 30, 1848March 4, 189143 years, 1 month and 4 days
Milton Young December 6, 1897January 3, 194547 years and 28 days

Oldest at end of service

SenatorDate of birthLast servedAge
Quentin Burdick June 19, 1908September 8, 199284 years, 2 months and 20 days
Milton Young December 6, 1897January 3, 198183 years and 28 days
William Langer September 30, 1886November 8, 195973 years, 1 month and 9 days
Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922December 14, 199270 years, 10 months and 8 days
Norman Brunsdale July 9, 1891August 7, 196069 years and 29 days

Living former senators

As of January 2021, there are three living former senators from North Dakota. The most recent senator to die was Mark Andrews (served 1981–1987) on October 3, 2020. The most recently serving senator to die was Jocelyn Burdick (served 1992) on December 26, 2019.

SenatorPartyTerm of officeDate of birth (and age)Notes
Byron Dorgan Democratic-NPL 1992–2011May 14, 1942 (age 78)Retired on January 3, 2011
Kent Conrad Democratic-NPL 1987–2013March 12, 1948 (age 72)Retired on January 3, 2013
Heidi Heitkamp Democratic-NPL 2013–2019October 30, 1955 (age 65)Lost re-election in 2018

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References

  1. "Eriksmoen: N.D. Democrat slipped into Senate". The Bismarck Tribune. May 10, 2008.
  2. "An Election in North Dakota". The New York Times. January 21, 1899. p. 1.
  3. The World Almanac and Encyclopedia 1906. New York: The Press Publishing Co. New York World. 1905. p.  108.
  4. https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/11/06/election-results-heidi-heitkamp-loses-north-dakota-seat-kevin-cramer/1914137002/

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