List of United States senators from Kansas

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Current delegation
Moran
Senator Jerry Moran
(R)
Marshall
Senator Roger Marshall
(R)

This is a list of United States senators from Kansas. Kansas was admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861, and its senators belong to Class 2 and Class 3. Kansas's current senators are Republicans Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall. 29 of Kansas's senators have been Republicans, three have been Democrats, and two have been Populists.

Kansas last elected a Democratic senator in 1932, and both seats have been occupied by Republicans since 1939, the longest current streak of one party controlling both of a state's Senate seats. Its Class 2 seat has been occupied consecutively by Republicans since 1919, the longest current streak for a single seat in the country.[1]

List of senators[edit]

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.

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Class 3

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

# Senator Party Dates in office Electoral history T T Electoral history Dates in office Party Senator #
Vacant January 29, 1861 –
April 4, 1861
Kansas did not elect its Senators until two months after statehood. 1 36th Kansas did not elect its Senators until two months after statehood. January 29, 1861 –
April 4, 1861
Vacant
37th 1
1 James Henry Lane.jpg
James H. Lane
Republican[2] April 4, 1861 –
July 11, 1866[2]
Elected in 1861.[2] Elected in 1861. April 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1873
Republican Samuel C. Pomeroy - Brady-Handy.jpg
Samuel C. Pomeroy
1
38th
Re-elected in 1865.[2]

Died.[2]
2 39th
Vacant July 11, 1866 –
July 25, 1866
 
2 Edmund G. Ross - Brady-Handy.jpg
Edmund G. Ross
Republican[3] July 25, 1866 –
March 3, 1871[3]
Appointed to continue Lane's term.[3]

Elected January 23, 1867 to finish Lane's term.[4]

Lost re-election.[3]
40th 2 Re-elected in 1867.

Lost re-election.
41st
3 Senator Alexander Caldwell.jpg
Alexander Caldwell
Republican[5] March 4, 1871 –
March 24, 1873[5]
Elected in 1871.[5]

Resigned in 1873.[5]
3 42nd
43rd 3 Elected in 1873. March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1891
Republican JJIngalls.jpg
John James Ingalls
2
Vacant March 24, 1873 –
November 24, 1873
 
4 Robert Crozier.jpg
Robert Crozier
Republican November 24, 1873 –
February 2, 1874
Appointed to continue Caldwell's term.

Retired when successor elected.
5 James M. Harvey.gif
James M. Harvey
Republican February 2, 1874 –
March 3, 1877
Elected in 1874 to finish Caldwell's term.

[data unknown/missing]
44th
6 Preston B. Plumb - Brady-Handy.jpg
Preston B. Plumb
Republican March 4, 1877 –
December 20, 1891
Elected in 1877. 4 45th
46th 4 Re-elected in 1879.
47th
Re-elected January 24, 1883.[6] 5 48th
49th 5 Re-elected in 1885.

Lost re-election.
50th
Re-elected in 1888.

Died.
6 51st
52nd 6 Elected in 1891.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
Populist William Alfred Peffer.jpg
William A. Peffer
3
Vacant December 20, 1891 –
January 1, 1892
 
7 Bishop Perkins.jpg
Bishop W. Perkins
Republican January 1, 1892 –
March 4, 1893
Appointed to continue Plumb's term.

Retired when successor qualified
8 John Martin of Kansas.jpg
John Martin
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Elected January 25, 1893 to finish Plumb's term, but didn't qualify until March 4, 1893.

[data unknown/missing]
53rd
9 Lucien Baker.jpg
Lucien Baker
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in January 1895.

Lost renomination.
7 54th
55th 7 Elected January 27, 1897.[7]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
Populist Senator William A. Harris as a Member of the 55th US Congress.jpeg
William A. Harris
4
56th
10 Joseph Ralph Burton.jpg
Joseph R. Burton
Republican March 4, 1901 –
June 4, 1906
Elected January 22, 1901.[8]

Resigned when convicted of bribery.
8 57th
58th 8 Elected January 28, 1903.[9]

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
Republican Chester Isaiah Long.jpg
Chester I. Long
5
59th
Vacant June 4, 1906 –
June 11, 1906
 
11 Alfred Washburn Benson.jpg
Alfred W. Benson
Republican June 11, 1906 –
January 22, 1907
Appointed to continue Burton's term.

Lost election to finish Burton's term.
12 Charles Curtis.jpg
Charles Curtis
Republican January 22, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
Elected January 22, 1907 to finish Burton's term.
Elected January 22, 1907 to the next term.

Lost renomination.
9 60th
61st 9 Elected January 26, 1909.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1915
Republican JosephLBristow.jpg
Joseph L. Bristow
6
62nd
13 William Howard Thompson.jpg
William H. Thompson
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
Elected January 28, 1913.

Lost re-election.
10 63rd
64th 10 Elected in 1914. March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1929
Republican Charles Curtis.jpg
Charles Curtis
7
65th
14 CAPPER, ARTHUR C. SENATOR LCCN2016860456 (cropped).jpg
Arthur Capper
Republican March 4, 1919 –
January 3, 1949
Elected in 1918. 11 66th
67th 11 Re-elected in 1920.
68th
Re-elected in 1924. 12 69th
70th 12 Re-elected in 1926.

Resigned to become U.S. Vice President
71st   March 3, 1929 –
April 1, 1929
Vacant
Appointed to continue Curtis's term.

Lost election to finish Curtis's term.
April 1, 1929 –
November 30, 1930
Republican Henry Justin Allen.jpg
Henry Justin Allen
8
Elected November 4, 1930 to finish Curtis's term. December 1, 1930 –
January 3, 1939
Democratic GeorgeMcGill.jpg
George McGill
9
Re-elected in 1930. 13 72nd
73rd 13 Re-elected in 1932.
Lost re-election.
74th
Re-elected in 1936. 14 75th
76th 14 Elected in 1938. January 3, 1939 –
November 8, 1949
Republican ClydeMartinReed.jpg
Clyde M. Reed
10
77th
Re-elected in 1942.

Retired
15 78th
79th 15 Re-elected in 1944.

Died.
80th
15 Andrew Frank Schoeppel.jpg
Andrew F. Schoeppel
Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 21, 1962
Elected in 1948. 16 81st
  November 8, 1949 –
December 2, 1949
Vacant
Appointed to continue Reed's term.

Retired when successor elected.
December 2, 1949 –
November 28, 1950
Republican Harry Darby.jpg
Harry Darby
11
Elected in 1950 to finish Reed's term. November 29, 1950 –
January 3, 1969
Republican Frankcarlson(r-ks).jpg
Frank Carlson
12
82nd 16 Elected to full term in 1950.
83rd
Re-elected in 1954. 17 84th
85th 17 Re-elected in 1956.
86th
Re-elected in 1960.

Died.
18 87th
Vacant January 21, 1962 –
January 31, 1962
 
16 James B. Pearson (R-KS).jpg
James B. Pearson
Republican January 31, 1962 –
December 23, 1978
Appointed to continue Schoeppel's term.

Elected November 6, 1962 to finish Schoeppel's term.[4]
88th 18 Re-elected in 1962.

Retired
89th
Re-elected in 1966. 19 90th
91st 19 Elected in 1968. January 3, 1969 –
June 11, 1996
Republican Bob Dole, PCCWW photo portrait.JPG
Bob Dole
13
92nd
Re-elected in 1972.

Retired and resigned early to allow successor gain seniority.
20 93rd
94th 20 Re-elected in 1974.
95th
17 LandonNancy.jpg
Nancy Kassebaum
Republican December 23, 1978 –
January 3, 1997
Appointed to finish Pearson's term,
having already been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1978. 21 96th
97th 21 Re-elected in 1980.
98th
Re-elected in 1984. 22 99th
100th 22 Re-elected in 1986.
101st
Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
23 102nd
103rd 23 Re-elected in 1992.

Resigned to campaign for U.S. President.
104th
Appointed to continue Dole's term.

Lost nomination to finish Dole's term.
June 11, 1996 –
November 6, 1996
Republican SenatorFrahm(R-KS).jpg
Sheila Frahm
14
Elected in 1996 to finish Dole's term November 7, 1996 –
January 3, 2011
Republican Head shot of Senator Sam Brownback.jpg
Sam Brownback
15
18 Pat Roberts (cropped).jpg
Pat Roberts
Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2021
Elected in 1996. 24 105th
106th 24 Re-elected in 1998.
107th
Re-elected in 2002. 25 108th
109th 25 Re-elected in 2004.

Retired to run for Governor of Kansas.
110th
Re-elected in 2008. 26 111th
112th 26 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
Present
Republican Jerry Moran, official portrait, 112th Congress headshot.jpg
Jerry Moran
16
113th
Re-elected in 2014.

Retired.
27 114th
115th 27 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
19 Roger Marshall 117th Congress portrait.jpg
Roger Marshall
Republican January 3, 2021 –
Present
Elected in 2020. 28 117th
118th 28 To be determined in the 2022 election.
119th
To be determined in the 2026 election. 29 120th
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T   T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 2 Class 3

Living former senators[edit]

As of July 2021, there are five living former U.S. senators from Kansas. The most recent and most recently serving senator to die was James B. Pearson (served 1962–1978) on January 13, 2009.

Senator Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Bob Dole 1969–1996 (1923-07-22) July 22, 1923 (age 98)
Nancy Kassebaum 1978–1997 (1932-07-29) July 29, 1932 (age 88)
Sheila Frahm 1996 (1945-03-22) March 22, 1945 (age 76)
Sam Brownback 1996–2011 (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 64)
Pat Roberts 1997–2021 (1936-04-20) April 20, 1936 (age 85)

Superlatives[edit]

Longest service[edit]

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Arthur Capper March 4, 1919 January 3, 1949 29 years, 305 days
(10,898 days)
Bob Dole January 3, 1969 June 11, 1996 27 years, 160 days
(10,021 days)
Pat Roberts January 3, 1997 January 3, 2021 24 years, 0 days
(8,766 days)
Charles Curtis January 29, 1907 March 3, 1913 Combined total: 20 years, 33 days
(7,333 days)
March 4, 1915 March 3, 1929
Frank Carlson November 29, 1950 January 3, 1969 18 years, 35 days
(6,610 days)

Shortest service[edit]

Excludes incumbent Marshall

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Robert Crozier November 24, 1873 February 12, 1874 2 months, 2 weeks and 5 days
(80 days)
Sheila Frahm June 11, 1996 November 7, 1996 4 months, 3 weeks and 6 days
(149 days)
Alfred W. Benson June 11, 1906 January 23, 1907 7 months, 1 week and 5 days
(226 days)
Harry Darby December 2, 1949 November 28, 1950 11 months, 3 weeks and 5 days
(361 days)
Bishop W. Perkins January 1, 1892 March 3, 1893 1 year, 2 months and 2 days
(427 days)

Youngest at beginning of service[edit]

Senator Date of birth First served Age
John James Ingalls December 29, 1833 March 4, 1873 39 years, 2 months and 4 days
Preston B. Plumb October 12, 1837 March 4, 1877 39 years, 4 months and 20 days
Edmund G. Ross December 7, 1826 July 19, 1866 39 years, 7 months and 12 days
Sam Brownback September 12, 1956 November 7, 1996 40 years, 1 month and 26 days
James M. Harvey September 21, 1833 February 12, 1874 40 years, 4 months and 22 days

Oldest at end of service[edit]

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
Pat Roberts April 20, 1936 January 3, 2021 84 years, 8 months and 14 days
Arthur Capper July 14, 1865 January 3, 1949 83 years, 5 months and 20 days
Clyde M. Reed October 19, 1871 November 8, 1949 78 years and 20 days
Frank Carlson January 23, 1893 January 3, 1969 75 years, 11 months and 11 days
Bob Dole July 22, 1923 June 11, 1996 72 years, 10 months and 20 days

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bump, Philip. "The partisan history of every U.S. Senate seat, in 1 awesome chart". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved September 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e United States Congress. "James Henry Lane (id: L000061)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress., Retrieved January 15, 2011
  3. ^ a b c d United States Congress. "Edmund Gibson Ross (id: R000445)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress., Retrieved January 15, 2011
  4. ^ a b Byrd, p. 108.
  5. ^ a b c d United States Congress. "Alexander Caldwell (id: C000027)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  6. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. ... Kansas: Standard Publishing Company. p. 757. ISBN 9780722249055.
  7. ^ "Peffer's Successor Chosen". The New York Times. January 28, 1897. p. 1.
  8. ^ "J.R. Burton the Choice in Kansas". The New York Times. January 23, 1901. p. 5.
  9. ^ Proceedings of the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas. Thirteenth Biennial Session, Topka, January 13 to March 13, 1903. Topeka, Kansas. 1903. pp. 303–306.

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