List of United States Senators from Louisiana

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Louisiana was admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812, and elects senators to Class 2 and Class 3. Its current senators are Republicans John Neely Kennedy and Bill Cassidy.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently 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 has recently been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

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Vacant April 30, 1812 –
September 3, 1812
Louisiana did not elect its senators until four months after statehood. 1 12th Congress 1 Louisiana did not elect its senators until four months after statehood. April 30, 1812 –
September 3, 1812
Vacant
1 Jean Noel Destrehan.jpg
Jean Noel Destréhan
Democratic-Republican September 3, 1812 –
October 1, 1812
Resigned Elected in 1812. September 3, 1812 –
March 3, 1813
Democratic-Republican Allan B. Magruder 1
Vacant October 1, 1812 –
October 8, 1812
 
2 Thomas Posey Portrait.jpg
Thomas Posey
Democratic-Republican October 8, 1812 –
February 4, 1813
Appointed to continue Destréhan's term.

Lost election to finish Destréhan's term.
3 Senator James Brown of Louisiana (1766-1835).jpg
James Brown
Democratic-Republican February 5, 1813 –
March 3, 1817
Elected to finish Destréhan's term.

Lost election to full term.
13th Congress 2 Elected in 1813
Retired.
March 4, 1813 –
March 3, 1819
Democratic-Republican Eligius Fromentin 2
14th Congress
4 Wcc claiborne.jpg
William C. C. Claiborne
Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
November 23, 1817
Elected in 1817.

Died.
2 15th Congress
Vacant November 23, 1817 –
January 12, 1818
 
5 H.S.Johnson.jpg
Henry Johnson
Democratic-Republican January 12, 1818 –
May 27, 1824
Appointed to finish Claiborne's term.
16th Congress 3 Elected in 1819.

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to France.
March 4, 1819 –
December 10, 1823
Democratic-
Republican
Senator James Brown of Louisiana (1766-1835).jpg
James Brown
3
17th Congress
Adams-Clay Democratic-
Republican
Elected to full term in 1823.

Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana.
3 18th Congress Adams-Clay Democratic-
Republican
  December 10, 1823 –
January 15, 1824
Vacant
Appointed to finish Brown's term January 15, 1824 –
May 19, 1833
Adams-Clay
Republican
JosiahSJohnston.jpg
Josiah S. Johnston
4
Vacant May 27, 1824 –
November 19, 1824
 
6 CharlesBouligny.jpg
Charles D.J. Bouligny
Adams-Clay
Republican
November 19, 1824 –
March 3, 1829
Elected to finish Johnson's term.
Anti-
Jacksonian
19th Congress 4 Elected to full term in 1825. Anti-
Jacksonian
Adams 20th Congress Adams
7 Edward Livingston of New York.jpg
Edward Livingston
Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
May 24, 1831
Elected in 1829.[1]

Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State.
4 21st Congress Anti-
Jacksonian
22nd Congress 5 Re-elected in 1831.

Died.
Vacant May 24, 1831 –
November 15, 1831
 
8 GeoAWagga.jpg
George A. Waggaman
Anti-
Jacksonian
November 15, 1831 –
March 3, 1835
Elected to finish Livingston's term.
23rd Congress
  May 19, 1833 –
December 19, 1833
Vacant
Elected to finish Johnson's term.

Resigned due to ill health.
December 19, 1833 –
January 5, 1837
Anti-Jacksonian Alex-Porter.jpg
Alexander Porter
5
Vacant March 4, 1835 –
January 13, 1836
Charles Gayarré was elected in 1835, but resigned due to ill health. 5 24th Congress
9 Robert Carter Nicholas.jpg
Robert C. Nicholas
Jacksonian January 13, 1836 –
March 3, 1841
Elected to finish Gauarré's term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
  January 5, 1837 –
January 12, 1837
Vacant
Elected to finish Porter's term. January 12, 1837 –
March 1, 1842
Jacksonian A Mouton Senator from Louisiana.jpg
Alexander Mouton
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Democratic 25th Congress 6 Re-elected in 1837.

Resigned.
Democratic
26th Congress
10 Alexander Barrow.jpg
Alexander Barrow
Whig March 4, 1841 –
December 29, 1846
Elected in 1840.

Died.
6 27th Congress
  March 1, 1842 –
April 14, 1842
Vacant
Appointed to finish Mouton's term.

Lost election to full term.
April 14, 1842 –
March 3, 1843
Whig Charles Magill Conrad.jpg
Charles Magill Conrad
7
28th Congress 7 Elected in 1843, but due to ill health did not take his seat.

Died.
March 4, 1843 –
January 13, 1844
Whig Alex-Porter.jpg
Alexander Porter
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  January 13, 1844 –
February 12, 1844
Vacant
Elected to finish Porter's term

Lost election to full term in 1849.
February 12, 1844 –
March 3, 1849
Whig H.S.Johnson.jpg
Henry Johnson
9
29th Congress
Vacant December 29, 1846 –
January 21, 1847
 
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Pierre Soulé
Democratic January 21, 1847 –
March 3, 1847
Elected to finish Barrow's term.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
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Solomon W. Downs
Democratic March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1853
Elected in 1847.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
7 30th Congress
31st Congress 8 Elected in 1848.

Resigned to become U.S. Minister to Spain.
March 3, 1849 –
April 11, 1853
Democratic PSoule.jpg
Pierre Soulé
10
32nd Congress
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Judah P. Benjamin
Whig March 4, 1853 –
February 4, 1861
Elected in 1852. 8 33rd Congress
  April 11, 1853 –
December 5, 1853
Vacant
Elected to finish Soulés term. December 5, 1853 –
February 4, 1861
Democratic JSlidell.jpg
John Slidell
11
34th Congress 9 Re-election year unknown.

Resigned.
Democratic 35th Congress
Re-elected in 1859.

Withdrew.
9 36th Congress
Vacant February 4, 1861 –
July 8, 1868
American Civil War and Reconstruction American Civil War and Reconstruction February 4, 1861 –
July 9, 1868
Vacant
37th Congress 10
38th Congress
10 39th Congress
40th Congress 11
14 John S. Harris - Brady-Handy.jpg
John S. Harris
Republican July 8, 1868 –
March 3, 1871
Elected to finish incomplete term in 1868.

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!].
Elected to finish incomplete term.

Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana.
July 9, 1868 –
November 1, 1872
Republican William P. Kellogg - Brady-Handy.jpg
William P. Kellogg
12
41st Congress
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Joseph R. West
Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1877
Election year unknown.

Retired.
11 42nd Congress
Senate declined to seat rival claimants William L. McMillen and P. B. S. Pinchback[2] November 1, 1872 –
January 12, 1876
Vacant.
43rd Congress 12
44th Congress
Elected to finish incomplete term in 1876.

Lost re-election.
January 12, 1876 –
March 3, 1879
Democratic JamesBEustis.jpg
James B. Eustis
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16 William P. Kellogg - Brady-Handy.jpg
William P. Kellogg
Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
Elected in 1876.

Retired to run for member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
12 45th Congress
46th Congress 13 Elected in 1879.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1885
Democratic Benjamin F. Jonas - Brady-Handy.jpg
Benjamin F. Jonas
14
47th Congress
17 Randall L. Gibson - Brady-Handy.jpg
Randall L. Gibson
Democratic March 4, 1883 –
December 15, 1892
Elected in 1882. 13 48th Congress
49th Congress 14 Election year unknown.

Retired.
March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
Democratic JamesBEustis.jpg
James B. Eustis
15
50th Congress
Re-elected in 1889.

Died.
14 51st Congress
52nd Congress 15 Elected in 1891.

Resigned to become U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
March 4, 1891 –
March 12, 1894
Democratic Edward White, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left, 1905.jpg
Edward Douglass White
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Vacant December 15, 1892 –
December 31, 1892
 
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Donelson Caffery
Democratic December 31, 1892 –
March 3, 1901
Appointed to continue Gibson's term.

Elected May 23, 1894 to finish Gibson's term.[3]
53rd Congress
Appointed to continue White's term.

Elected May 23, 1894 to finish White's term.[4]

Retired.
March 12, 1894 –
March 3, 1897
Democratic Newton Crain Blanchard.jpg
Newton C. Blanchard
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Re-elected in 1894.

Retired.
15 54th Congress
55th Congress 16 Elected May 28, 1896.[5] March 4, 1897 –
June 28, 1910
Democratic Samuel Douglas McEnery.jpg
Samuel D. McEnery
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56th Congress
19 Murphy James Foster.jpg
Murphy J. Foster
Democratic March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1913
Elected May 22, 1900.[6] 16 57th Congress
58th Congress 17 Re-elected early May 22, 1900.[6]
59th Congress
Re-elected early May 18, 1904.[7]

Lost renomination.
17 60th Congress
61st Congress 18 Re-elected May 19, 1908.[8]

Died.
  June 28, 1910 –
December 7, 1910
Vacant
Elected to finish McEnery's term.[4]

Retired.
December 7, 1910 –
March 3, 1915
Democratic JohnRThornton.jpg
John Thornton
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62nd Congress
20 JosephERansdell.jpg
Joseph E. Ransdell
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1931
Elected May 21, 1912. 18 63rd Congress
64th Congress 19 Elected early May 21, 1912.

Died.
March 4, 1915 –
April 12, 1918
Democratic Robert Foligny Broussard.jpg
Robert F. Broussard
20
65th Congress
  April 12, 1918 –
April 22, 1918
Vacant
Appointed to continue Broussard's term.

Retired when elected successor qualified.
April 22, 1918 –
November 5, 1918
Democratic WalterGuion.jpg
Walter Guion
21
Elected to finish Broussard's term.

Retired.
November 6, 1918 –
March 3, 1921
Democratic EdwardJGay.jpg
Edward James Gay
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Re-elected in 1918. 19 66th Congress
67th Congress 20 Elected in 1920. March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1933
Democratic EdwinSBroussard.jpg
Edwin S. Broussard
23
68th Congress
Re-elected in 1924.

Lost renomination.
20 69th Congress
70th Congress 21 Re-elected in 1926.

Lost renomination.
71st Congress
21 HueyPLong.jpg
Huey Long
Democratic March 4, 1931 –
September 10, 1935
Elected in 1930, but continued to serve as Governor of Louisiana, until finally taking his Senate seat on January 25, 1932. However, he was still elected and qualified as Senator.

Died.
21 72nd Congress
73rd Congress 22 Elected in 1932. March 4, 1933 –
May 14, 1948
Democratic John Overton.jpg
John H. Overton
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74th Congress
Vacant September 10, 1935 –
January 31, 1936
 
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Rose McConnell Long
Democratic January 31, 1936 –
January 2, 1937
Appointed to continue Huey Long's term.

Elected April 21, 1936 to finish Huey Long's term.[3]

Retired.
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Allen J. Ellender
Democratic January 3, 1937 –
July 27, 1972
Elected in 1936. 22 75th Congress
76th Congress 23 Re-elected in 1938.
77th Congress
Re-elected in 1942. 23 78th Congress
79th Congress 24 Re-elected in 1944.

Died.
80th Congress
  May 14, 1948 –
May 18, 1948
Vacant
Appointed to continue Overton's term.

Retired when elected successor qualified.
May 18, 1948 –
December 30, 1948
Democratic William Feazel.jpg
William C. Feazel
25
Elected to finish Overton's term. December 31, 1948 –
January 3, 1987
Democratic Russell Billiu Long.jpg
Russell B. Long
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Re-elected in 1948. 24 81st Congress
82nd Congress 25 Re-elected in 1950.
83rd Congress
Re-elected in 1954. 25 84th Congress
85th Congress 26 Re-elected in 1956.
86th Congress
Re-elected in 1960. 26 87th Congress
88th Congress 27 Re-elected in 1962.
89th Congress
Re-elected in 1966.

Died.
27 90th Congress
91st Congress 28 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd Congress
Vacant July 27, 1972 –
August 1, 1972
 
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Elaine S. Edwards
Democratic August 1, 1972 –
November 13, 1972
Appointed to continue Ellender's term.

Retired when successor qualified and resigned early.
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J. Bennett Johnston
Democratic November 14, 1972 –
January 3, 1997
Appointed to finished the term, having already been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1972. 28 93rd Congress
94th Congress 29 Re-elected in 1974.
95th Congress
Re-elected in 1978. 29 96th Congress
97th Congress 30 Re-elected in 1980.

Retired.
98th Congress
Re-elected in 1984. 30 99th Congress
100th Congress 31 Elected in 1986. January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 2005
Democratic John Breaux, official photo portrait, standing.jpg
John Breaux
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101st Congress
Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
31 102nd Congress
103rd Congress 32 Re-elected in 1992.
104th Congress
26 Mary Landrieu Senate portrait.jpg
Mary Landrieu
Democratic January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 1996. 32 105th Congress
106th Congress 33 Re-elected in 1998.

Retired.
107th Congress
Re-elected in 2002. 33 108th Congress
109th Congress 34 Elected in 2004. January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2017
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David Vitter
28
110th Congress
Re-elected in 2008.

Lost re-election.
34 111th Congress
112th Congress 35 Re-elected in 2010.

Retired.[9]
113th Congress
27 Bill Cassidy official Senate photo.jpg
Bill Cassidy
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 35 114th Congress
115th Congress 36 Elected in 2016. January 3, 2017 –
Present
Republican John Neely Kennedy official portrait.jpg
John Neely Kennedy
29
116th Congress
To be decided in the 2020 election. 36 117th Congress
118th Congress 37 To be decided in the 2022 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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Class 2 Class 3

Living former U.S. Senators from Louisiana[edit]

As of January 2017, there are five living former U.S. Senators from Louisiana, three from Class 2 and two from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was Russell B. Long of Class 3 (1948-1987) on May 9, 2003. The most recent Class 2 senator to die was Allen J. Ellender (1937-1972), who died in office on July 27, 1972.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Elaine S. Edwards 1972 2 (1929-03-08) March 8, 1929 (age 88)
J. Bennett Johnston, Jr. 1972–1997 2 (1932-06-10) June 10, 1932 (age 85)
John Breaux 1987–2005 3 (1944-03-01) March 1, 1944 (age 73)
Mary Landrieu 1997–2015 2 (1955-11-23) November 23, 1955 (age 61)
David Vitter 2005-2017 3 (1961-05-03) May 3, 1961 (age 56)

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