List of United States Senators from Oregon

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Oregon was admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. Its current Senators are Democrats Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.

Prior to 1906, Senators were elected by the Oregon Legislative Assembly. In 1904, Oregon voters passed a ballot measure that required Senators to be selected by a popular vote and then endorsed by the Legislature. Beginning in 1914, Senators were directly elected by popular vote on the basis of the 17th Amendment to the United States Constitution.[1][2][3]

Contents

Class 2[edit]

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle wherein the first cycle had a term of office ending in 1793, and whose seats in recent years were/are contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014.

#SenatorPartyYearsCongressTermElectoral history
1DelazonSmith.jpg Delazon SmithDemocraticFebruary 14, 1859 –
March 3, 1859
351Elected in 1859

Lost re-election
VacantMarch 3, 1859 –
October 1, 1860
362Legislature failed to elect
2EdDBaker.jpg Edward D. BakerRepublicanOctober 1, 1860 –
October 21, 1861
36
(Continued)
Elected late in 1860

Died
37
VacantOctober 21, 1861 –
February 27, 1862
3Benjamin Stark 1910.jpg Benjamin StarkDemocraticFebruary 27, 1862 –
December 1, 1862
Appointed to continue Baker's term

Retired when successor elected
4Benjamin F. Harding - Brady-Handy.jpg Benjamin F. HardingDemocraticDecember 1, 1862 –
March 3, 1865
37
(Continued)
Elected to finish Baker's term

Retired
38
5George Henry Williams, Brady-Handy bw photo portrait, ca1870-1880.jpg George H. WilliamsRepublicanMarch 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
393Elected in 1865

Lost re-election
40
41
6James K. Kelly - Brady-Handy.jpg James K. KellyDemocraticMarch 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
424Elected in 1871

Retired
43
44
7La Fayette Grover - Brady-Handy.jpg La Fayette GroverDemocraticMarch 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
455Elected in 1877

Retired
46
47
8Joseph N. Dolph.jpg Joseph N. DolphRepublicanMarch 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1895
486Elected in 1883
49
50
517Re-elected in 1889

Lost re-election
52
53
9George W. McBride.jpg George W. McBrideRepublicanMarch 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
548Elected in 1895

Lost renomination
55
56
10John H. Mitchell - Brady-Handy.jpg John H. MitchellRepublicanMarch 4, 1901 –
December 8, 1905
579Elected in 1900

Died
58
59
VacantDecember 8, 1905 –
December 21, 1905
11John M. Gearin.jpg John M. GearinDemocraticDecember 21, 1905 –
January 23, 1907
Appointed to continue Mitchell's term

Retired when successor elected
VacantJanuary 23, 1907 –
January 30, 1907
12Frederick W. Mulkey.jpg Frederick W. MulkeyRepublicanJanuary 30, 1907 –
March 3, 1907
Elected to finish Mitchell's term[4]

Retired
13Jonathan Bourne.jpg Jonathan Bourne, Jr.RepublicanMarch 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
6010Elected in 1906[4]

Lost renomination
61
62
14Harry Lane.jpg Harry LaneDemocraticMarch 4, 1913 –
May 23, 1917
6311Elected in 1912[4]

Died
64
65
VacantMay 23, 1917 –
May 29, 1917
15Charles mcnary.jpg Charles L. McNaryRepublicanMay 29, 1917 –
November 5, 1918
Appointed to continue Lane's term

Retired when successor elected
16Frederick W. Mulkey.jpg Frederick W. MulkeyRepublicanNovember 6, 1918 –
December 17, 1918
Elected to finish Lane's term

Resigned early to give successor preferential seniority
17Charles mcnary.jpg Charles L. McNaryRepublicanDecember 18, 1918 –
February 25, 1944
Appointed to finish Mulkey's term,
having already been elected to the next term
6612Elected in 1918
67
68
6913Re-elected in 1924
70
71
7214Re-elected in 1930
73
74
7515Re-elected in 1936
76
77
7816Re-elected in 1942

Died
VacantFebruary 25, 1944 –
March 13, 1944
18Guy F. Cordon.jpg Guy CordonRepublicanMarch 13, 1944 –
January 3, 1955
78
(Continued)
Appointed to continue McNary's term
Elected to finish McNary's term
79
80
8117Re-elected in 1948

Lost re-election
82
83
19Richard Lewis Neuberger.jpg Richard L. NeubergerDemocraticJanuary 3, 1955 –
March 9, 1960
8418Elected in 1954

Died
85
86
VacantMarch 9, 1960 –
March 23, 1960
20Hall Stoner Lusk.jpg Hall S. LuskDemocraticMarch 23, 1960 –
November 9, 1960
Appointed to continue Neuberger's term

Retired when successor elected
21Maurine Brown Neuberger.jpg Maurine Brown NeubergerDemocraticNovember 9, 1960 –
January 3, 1967
Elected to finish her husband's term
8719Re-elected in 1960

Retired
88
89
22Mark hatfield.jpg Mark HatfieldRepublicanJanuary 3, 1967 –
January 3, 1997
9020Elected in 1966
91
92
9321Re-elected in 1972
94
95
9622Re-elected in 1978
97
98
9923Re-elected in 1984
100
101
10224Re-elected in 1990

Retired
103
104
23Gordon Smith official portrait.jpg Gordon SmithRepublicanJanuary 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
10525Elected in 1996
106
107
10826Re-elected in 2002

Lost re-election 2008
109
110
24Jeff Merkley.jpg Jeff MerkleyDemocraticJanuary 3, 2009 –
Present
11127Elected in 2008
112
113
#SenatorPartyYearsCongressTermElectoral history

Class 3[edit]

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle wherein the first cycle had a term of office ending in 1795, and whose seats in recent years were/are contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016.

#SenatorPartyYearsCongressTermElectoral history
1Joseph Lane (cwpbh-02170).jpg Joseph LaneDemocraticFebruary 14, 1859 –
March 3, 1861
351Elected in 1859

Retired
36
2James W. Nesmith - Brady-Handy.jpg James W. NesmithDemocraticMarch 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1867
372Elected in 1861

Lost re-election
38
39
3Henry W. Corbett - Brady-Handy.jpg Henry W. CorbettRepublicanMarch 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1873
403Elected in 1867

Retired
41
42
4John H. Mitchell - Brady-Handy.jpg John H. MitchellRepublicanMarch 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1879
434Elected in 1873

Lost re-election
44
45
5James H. Slater - Brady-Handy.jpg James H. SlaterDemocraticMarch 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1885
465Elected in 1879

Retired
47
48
VacantMarch 3, 1885 –
December 17, 1885
496
6John H. Mitchell - Brady-Handy.jpg John H. MitchellRepublicanDecember 17, 1885 –
March 3, 1897
49
(Continued)
Elected late in 1885
50
51
527Re-elected in 1891

Lost re-election
53
54
VacantMarch 3, 1897 –
October 7, 1898
558
7Joseph Simon of Oregon.jpg Joseph SimonRepublicanOctober 7, 1898 –
March 3, 1903
55
(Continued)
Elected late in 1898

Retired
56
57
8Charles W. Fulton.jpg Charles W. FultonRepublicanMarch 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
589Elected in 1902

Lost re-election
59
60
9George E Chamberlain -3Qtr view.jpg George E. ChamberlainDemocraticMarch 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1921
6110Elected in 1908[4]
62
63
6411Re-elected in 1914

Lost re-election, 1920
65
66
10Robert Nelson Stanfield.jpg Robert N. StanfieldRepublicanMarch 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1927
6712Elected in 1920

Lost re-election
68
69
11Fredericksteiwer.jpg Frederick SteiwerRepublicanMarch 4, 1927 –
January 31, 1938
7013Elected in 1926
71
72
7314Re-elected in 1932

Resigned
74
75
VacantJanuary 31, 1938 –
February 11, 1938
12Alfred Evan Reames.jpg Alfred E. ReamesDemocraticFebruary 11, 1938 –
November 9, 1938
Appointed to continue Steiwer's term

Retired when successor elected
13Alexander Grant Barry.jpg Alexander G. BarryRepublicanNovember 9, 1938 –
January 3, 1939
Elected to finish Steiwer's term

Retired
14Rufus Holman.jpg Rufus C. HolmanRepublicanJanuary 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1945
7615Elected in 1938

Lost renomination
77
78
15Wayne Morse.jpg Wayne MorseRepublican
(until 1952)[5]
January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1969
7916Elected in 1944
80
81
8217Re-elected in 1950
Independent
(1952–1955)[5]
82
(Continued)
83
Democratic
(from 1955)[5]
84
8518Re-elected in 1956
86
87
8819Re-elected in 1962

Lost re-election
89
90
16RWPackwood.jpg Bob PackwoodRepublicanJanuary 3, 1969 –
October 1, 1995
9120Elected in 1968
92
93
9421Re-elected in 1974
95
96
9722Re-elected in 1980
98
99
10023Re-elected in 1986
101
102
10324Re-elected in 1992

Resigned
104
VacantOctober 1, 1995 –
February 6, 1996
17Ron Wyden official portrait crop.jpg Ron WydenDemocraticFebruary 6, 1996 –
Present
104
(Continued)
Elected to finish Packwood's term
105
10625Re-elected in 1998
107
108
10926Re-elected in 2004
110
111
11227Re-elected in 2010
113
114
#SenatorPartyYearsCongressTermElectoral history

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Initiative, Referendum and Recall Introduction". Oregon Blue Book. Salem, Oregon: Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  2. ^ "U.S. Senators from Oregon". Oregon Blue Book. Salem, Oregon: Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ Carey, Charles Henry (1922). History of Oregon. Chicago, Illinois: Pioneer Publishing. pp. 837–838. 
  4. ^ a b c d Selected by popular vote, elected by Legislature
  5. ^ a b c Wayne Morse was elected as a Republican in 1944 and reelected as a Republican in 1950. He changed to Independent in 1952 and to Democrat in 1955. He was reelected as a Democrat in 1956 and 1962.

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