List of United States Senators from Iowa

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Current delegation
Grassley
Ernst
since January 3, 2015

Iowa was admitted to the Union on December 28, 1846 and thus elects two U.S. Senators who belong to Class 2 and Class 3. The state's current U.S. Senators are Republicans Chuck Grassley (serving since 1981) and Joni Ernst (serving since 2015).

List of Senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for two U.S. Congresses in the first elections of 1848, and then the seat was contested every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years have been contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election will be in 2020.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for one United States Congress in the first elections of 1848, and then the seat was contested every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years have been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

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Vacant December 28, 1846 –
December 7, 1848
Legislature failed to elect due to a three-way split that prevented any candidate from earning the required number of 30 legislators' votes.[1] 29th Legislature failed to elect due to a three-way split that prevented any candidate from earning the required number of 30 legislators' votes.[1] December 28, 1846 –
December 7, 1848
Vacant
30th
1 George Wallace Jones, US Senator.jpg
George W. Jones
Democratic December 7, 1848 –
March 3, 1859
Elected in 1848. 1 1 Elected in 1848. December 7, 1848 –
February 22, 1855
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Augustus C. Dodge
1
31st 2 Re-elected in 1849.

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to Spain, having lost re-election.
32nd
Re-elected in 1852.

Lost renomination.
2 33rd
  February 22, 1855 –
March 3, 1855
Vacant
34th 3 Elected in 1855.

Elected invalidated, as the Iowa Senate had not participated in it.
March 4, 1855 –
January 5, 1857
Free Soil James-Harlan.jpg
James Harlan
2
  January 5, 1857 –
January 29, 1857
Vacant
Re-elected to finish his vacant term. January 29, 1857 –
May 15, 1865
Republican James-Harlan.jpg
James Harlan
35th
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James W. Grimes
Republican March 4, 1859 –
December 6, 1869
Elected in 1858. 3 36th
37th 4 Re-elected in 1860.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
38th
Re-elected in 1864.

Resigned due to ill health.
4 39th
  May 15, 1865 –
January 13, 1866
Vacant
Elected to finish Harlan's term.[2]

Lost nomination for the next term.
January 13, 1866 –
March 3, 1867
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Samuel J. Kirkwood
3
40th 5 Elected January 13, 1866.[3]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1873
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James Harlan
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41st
Vacant December 6, 1869 –
January 18, 1870
3 James B. Howell - History of Iowa.jpg
James B. Howell
Republican January 18, 1870 –
March 3, 1871
Elected to finish Grimes's term.

Retired.
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George G. Wright
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
Elected in 1870.

Retired.
5 42nd
43rd 6 Elected January 17, 1872.[4] March 4, 1873 –
August 4, 1908
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William B. Allison
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44th
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Samuel J. Kirkwood
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 7, 1881
Elected in 1876 or 1877.

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
6 45th
46th 7 Re-elected January 23, 1878.[5]
47th
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James W. McDill
Republican March 8, 1881 –
March 3, 1883
Appointed to continue Kirkwood's term.

Elected January 25, 1882 to finish Kirkwood's term.[6]

Retired.
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James F. Wilson
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1895
Elected January 25, 1882.[7] 7 48th
49th 8 Re-elected January 23, 1884.[8]
50th
Re-elected in 1888.

Retired.
8 51st
52nd 9 Re-elected March 5, 1890.[9]
53rd
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John H. Gear
Republican March 4, 1895 –
July 14, 1900
Elected January 17, 1894.[10]

Re-elected January 17, 1900,[11] but died.
9 54th
55th 10 Re-elected January 22, 1896.[12]
56th
Vacant July 14, 1900 –
August 22, 1900
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Jonathan P. Dolliver
Republican August 22, 1900 –
October 15, 1910
Appointed to finish Gear's term.
Appointed to begin the vacant term.

Elected January 22, 1902 to finish the vacant term.[13]
10 57th
58th 11 Re-elected January 22, 1902.[14]

Renominated in 1908 but died before the general election.
59th
Re-elected January 23, 1907.

Died.
11 60th
  August 4, 1908 –
November 24, 1908
Vacant
Elected to finish Allison's term. November 24, 1908 –
July 30, 1926
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Albert B. Cummins
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61st 12 Re-elected January 19, 1909.
Vacant October 15, 1910 –
November 12, 1910
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Lafayette Young
Republican November 12, 1910 –
April 11, 1911
Appointed to continue Dolliver's term.

Lost election to finish Dolliver's term.
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William S. Kenyon
Republican April 12, 1911 –
February 24, 1922
Elected to finish Dolliver's term.
62nd
Re-elected January 21, 1913. 12 63rd
64th 13 Re-elected in 1914.
65th
Re-elected in 1918.

Resigned to become Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals.
13 66th
67th 14 Re-elected in 1920.

Lost renomination, then died.
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Charles A. Rawson
Republican February 24, 1922 –
December 1, 1922
Appointed to continue Kenyon's term.

Retired when successor elected.
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Smith W. Brookhart
Republican December 1, 1922 –
April 12, 1926
Elected to finish Kenyon's term.
68th
Re-elected in 1924.

Lost election challenge.
14 69th
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Daniel F. Steck
Democratic April 12, 1926 –
March 3, 1931
Successfully challenged predecessor's election

Lost re-election.
  July 30, 1926 –
August 7, 1926
Vacant
Appointed to continue Cummins's term.

Elected November 10, 1926 to finish Cummins's term.[15]

Retired.
August 7, 1926 –
March 3, 1927
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David W. Stewart
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70th 15 Elected in 1926.

Lost renomination and then lost re-election as an Independent.
March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
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Smith W. Brookhart
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71st
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Lester J. Dickinson
Republican March 4, 1931 –
January 3, 1937
Elected in 1930.

Lost re-election.
15 72nd
73rd 16 Elected in 1932.

Died.
March 4, 1933 –
July 16, 1936
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Richard L. Murphy
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74th
  July 16, 1936 –
November 3, 1936
Vacant
Elected to finish Murphy's term. November 3, 1936 –
January 3, 1945
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Guy Gillette
10
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Clyde L. Herring
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
Elected in 1936.
Didn't take seat until January 15, 1937 as he wanted to remain Governor of Iowa. However, he was still elected and qualified as Senator.

Lost re-election.
16 75th
76th 17 Re-elected in 1938.

Lost re-election.
77th
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George A. Wilson
Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1949
Elected in 1942.
Didn't take seat until January 14, 1943 as he wanted to remain Governor of Iowa. However, he was still elected and qualified as Senator.

Lost re-election.
17 78th
79th 18 Elected in 1944. January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1969
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Bourke B. Hickenlooper
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80th
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Guy Gillette
Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1955
Elected in 1948.

Lost re-election.
18 81st
82nd 19 Re-elected in 1950.
83rd
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Thomas E. Martin
Republican January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1961
Elected in 1954.

Retired.
19 84th
85th 20 Re-elected in 1956.
86th
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Jack Miller
Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1973
Elected in 1960. 20 87th
88th 21 Re-elected in 1962

Retired.
89th
Re-elected in 1966.

Lost re-election.
21 90th
91st 22 Elected in 1968.

Retired.
January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1975
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Harold Hughes
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92nd
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Dick Clark
Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1979
Elected in 1972.

Lost re-election.
22 93rd
94th 23 Elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1981
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John Culver
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95th
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Roger Jepsen
Republican January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
Elected in 1978.

Lost re-election.
23 96th
97th 24 Elected in 1980. January 3, 1981 –
Present
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Chuck Grassley
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98th
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Tom Harkin
Democratic January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 1984. 24 99th
100th 25 Re-elected in 1986.
101st
Re-elected in 1990. 25 102nd
103rd 26 Re-elected in 1992.
104th
Re-elected in 1996. 26 105th
106th 27 Re-elected in 1998.
107th
Re-elected in 2002. 27 108th
109th 28 Re-elected in 2004.
110th
Re-elected in 2008

Retired.
28 111th
112th 29 Re-elected in 2010.
113th
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Joni Ernst
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 29 114th
115th 39 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
To be decided in the 2020 election. 30 117th
118th 31 To be decided in the 2022 election.
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Living former U.S. Senators from Iowa[edit]

As of October 2016, there are four living former U.S. Senators from Iowa who are, one from Class 3 and three from Class 2. The most recent senator to die was Harold Hughes of Class 3 (1969-1975) on October 23, 1996. The most recent Class 2 senator to die was Jack Miller (1961-1973) on August 29, 1994.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Dick Clark 1973–1979 2 (1928-09-14) September 14, 1928 (age 89)
John Culver 1975–1981 3 (1932-08-08) August 8, 1932 (age 85)
Roger Jepsen 1979–1985 2 (1928-12-23) December 23, 1928 (age 89)
Tom Harkin 1985–2015 2 (1939-11-19) November 19, 1939 (age 78)

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clark, p. 17–46, 72–79.
  2. ^ Clark, p. 141: Kirkwood 118 votes, J. F. Stomenan (Democratic) 20
  3. ^ Clark, p. 141: Harlan 118 votes, H. H. Trimble (Democratic) 20
  4. ^ Clark, p. 167.
  5. ^ Clark, p. 185: Allison 104 votes, Daniel F. Miller 35 votes, E. N. Gates 3 votes.
  6. ^ Clark, p. 199: M. M. Ham and Daniel Campbell lost.
  7. ^ Clark, p. 199: L. G. Kinne and D. P. Stubbs lost.
  8. ^ Clark, p. 209: Allison 90 votes, Benton J. Hall 48 votes, D. M. Clark 10 votes, L. G. Kinne 1 vote.
  9. ^ Clark, p. 221: Allison 79 votes, S.T. Bestow (Democratic) 63 votes, William Larrabee 8 votes.
  10. ^ Clark, p. 234: Gear beat Democrat Horace Boies by votes unknown.
  11. ^ Clark, p. 245: Gear 111 votes, Fred E. White (Democratic) 32 votes
  12. ^ Clark, p. 238: Allison 118 votes, Washington I. Babb (Democratic) 25 votes, Frank Q. Stuart 1 vote.
  13. ^ Clark, p. 247: Dolliver 119 votes, John J. Seerley (Democratic) 20 votes.
  14. ^ Clark, p. 247: Allison 119 votes, E. H. Thayer (Democratic) 20 votes.
  15. ^ Byrd, p. 107.

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