List of United States Senators from Montana

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Current delegation
Tester
Daines
since January 3, 2013

Montana was admitted to the Union on November 8, 1889, and elects U.S. Senators to Classes 1 and 2. Its current Senators are Democrat Jon Tester and Republican Steve Daines.

List of Senators[edit]

Class 1

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

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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.

# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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Vacant November 8, 1889 –
January 1, 1890
Montana elected its first Senators two months after admission to the Union. 1 51st 1 Montana elected its first Senators two months after admission to the Union. November 8, 1889 –
January 2, 1890
Vacant
1 Wilbur Fisk Sanders.jpg
Wilbur F. Sanders
Republican January 1, 1890 –
March 3, 1893
Elected in 1890.

Lost re-election.
Elected in 1890.

Retired.
January 2, 1890 –
March 3, 1895
Republican ThomasCPower.jpg
Thomas C. Power
1
52nd
Vacant March 3, 1893 –
January 16, 1895
Legislature failed to elect. 2 53rd
2 Lee Mantle U.S. Senator from Montana (1895) by James Presley Ball (Detail).jpg
Lee Mantle
Republican January 16, 1895 –
March 3, 1899
Elected to finish vacant term.

Lost renomination.
54th 2 Elected in January 1895.[1]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
Republican Thomas Henry Carter cph.3b27384.jpg
Thomas H. Carter
2
Silver Republican 55th
3 Waclark.jpg
William A. Clark
Democratic March 4, 1899 –
May 15, 1900
Elected in 1899.

Resigned to avoid claim of election fraud.
3 56th
Vacant May 15, 1900 –
March 7, 1901
Clark was appointed to continue his vacant term, but did not qualify.
57th 3 Elected in 1901.

Retired.
March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1907
Democratic Waclark.jpg
William A. Clark
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4 Paris Gibson.jpg
Paris Gibson
Democratic March 7, 1901 –
March 3, 1905
Elected to finish Clark's term.[2][3]

Retired.
58th
5 Portrait of Thomas H. Carter
Thomas H. Carter
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1911
Elected January 16, 1905.[4]

Lost re-election.
4 59th
60th 4 Elected January 16, 1907.[5]

Lost re-election as a Progressive.
March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
Republican Joseph M. Dixon.jpg
Joseph M. Dixon
4
61st
6 Henry L. Myers cph.3b15990.jpg
Henry L. Myers
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 3, 1923
Elected March 2, 1911. 5 62nd
63rd 5 Elected January 14, 1913. March 4, 1913 –
March 2, 1933
Democratic Thomas J. Walsh cph.3c02581.jpg
Thomas J. Walsh
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64th
Re-elected in 1916.

Retired.
6 65th
66th 6 Re-elected in 1918.
67th
7 BurtonKWheeler.jpg
Burton K. Wheeler
Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1922. 7 68th
69th 7 Re-elected in 1924.
70th
Re-elected in 1928. 8 71st
72nd 8 Re-elected in 1930.

Died.[6]
  March 2, 1933 –
March 13, 1933
Vacant
73rd
Appointed to continue Walsh's term.

Lost nomination to finish Walsh's term.
March 13, 1933 –
November 6, 1934
Democratic John Erickson.jpg
John E. Erickson
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Elected to finish Walsh's term.[7] November 7, 1934 –
January 3, 1961
Democratic James Edward Murray.jpg
James E. Murray
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Re-elected in 1934. 9 74th
75th 9 Elected to full term in 1936.
76th
Re-elected in 1940.

Lost renomination.
10 77th
78th 10 Re-elected in 1942.
79th
8 Zales Nelson Ecton.jpg
Zales Ecton
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1953
Elected in 1946.

Lost re-election.
11 80th
81st 11 Re-elected in 1948.
82nd
9 Michael Joseph Mansfield.jpg
Mike Mansfield
Democratic January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1952.[8] 12 83rd
84th 12 Re-elected in 1954.

Retired.
85th
Re-elected in 1958. 13 86th
87th 13 Elected in 1960.[9] January 3, 1961 –
January 12, 1978
Democratic Lee Warren METCALF.jpg
Lee Metcalf
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88th
Re-elected in 1964. 14 89th
90th 14 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
Re-elected in 1970.

Retired.
15 92nd
93rd 15 Re-elected in 1972.

Died.
94th
10 John Melcher.jpg
John Melcher
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1976. 16 95th
  January 12, 1978 –
January 22, 1978
Vacant
Appointed to finish Metcalf's term.

Lost nomination to full term.

Resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
January 22, 1978 –
December 12, 1978
Democratic Paul G. Hatfield.jpg
Paul G. Hatfield
9
  December 12, 1978 –
December 15, 1978
Vacant
Appointed early to finish Hatfield's term, having already been elected to the next term.[10] December 15, 1978 –
February 6, 2014
Democratic Max S Baucus.jpg
Max Baucus
10
96th 16 Elected in 1978.
97th
Re-elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
17 98th
99th 17 Re-elected in 1984.
100th
11 Conrad Burns official portrait.jpg
Conrad Burns
Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2007
Elected in 1988. 18 101st
102nd 18 Re-elected in 1990.
103rd
Re-elected in 1994. 19 104th
105th 19 Re-elected in 1996.
106th
Re-elected in 2000.

Lost re-election.
20 107th
108th 20 Re-elected in 2002.
109th
12 Jon Tester, official 110th Congress photo.jpg
Jon Tester
Democratic January 3, 2007 –
Present
Elected in 2006. 21 110th
111th 21 Re-elected in 2008.

Resigned to become U.S. Ambassador to China.
112th
Re-elected in 2012. 22 113th
  February 6, 2014 –
February 9, 2014
Vacant
Appointed to finish Baucus's term.

Retired.
February 9, 2014 –
January 3, 2015
Democratic John Walsh, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
John Walsh
11
114th 22 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
Republican Steve Daines official Senate portrait.jpg
Steve Daines
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115th
To be determined in the 2018 election. 23 116th
117th 23 To be determined in the 2020 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
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Class 1 Class 2

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

As of October 2016, there are three former U.S. Senators who are living, one from Class 1 and two from Class 2. The most recent senator to die was Conrad Burns of Class 1 (1989-2007) on April 28, 2016. The most recent Class 2 senator to die was Paul G. Hatfield (1978) on July 3, 2000.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
John Melcher 1977–1989 1 (1924-09-06) September 6, 1924 (age 93)
Max Baucus 1978–2014 2 (1941-12-11) December 11, 1941 (age 76)
John Walsh 2014–2015 2 (1960-11-03) November 3, 1960 (age 57)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, ed. (1904). "The Province and the States: A History of the Province of Louisiana Under France and Spain, And of the Territories and States of the United States Formed Therefrom" (Vol. VI ed.). Madison, Wisconsin: Western Historical Association. p. 457. 
  2. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Paris Gibson". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gibson, Paris, (1830 - 1920)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ The World Almanac and Encyclopedia 1906. New York: The Press Publishing Co. New York World. 1905. p. 108. 
  5. ^ The Tribune Almanac and Political Register 1908. New York: The Tribune Association. 1908. p. 259. 
  6. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Thomas J. Walsh". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. James E. Murray". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 
  8. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Mike Mansfield". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Lee Metcalf". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Sen. Max Baucus". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2011. 

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