List of United States Senators from Nebraska

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Current delegation
Fischer
Sasse
since January 3, 2015

Nebraska was admitted to the Union on March 1, 1867, and elects its United States Senators to Class 1 and Class 2. Nebraska's current Senators are Republicans Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse.

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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1 TIPTON, Thomas Weston.jpg
Thomas Tipton
Republican March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1875
Elected in 1867. 1 39th 1 Elected in 1867.

Lost re-election.
March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1871
Republican John Milton Thayer - Brady-Handy.jpg
John Thayer
1
40th
Re-elected in 1869.

[Data unknown/missing.]
2 41st
42nd 2 Elected in 1870.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
Republican Phineas Hitchcock - Brady-Handy.jpg
Phineas Hitchcock
2
43rd
2 Paddock.jpg
Algernon Paddock
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
Elected in 1875.

Lost re-election.
3 44th
45th 3 Elected in 1877.

[Data unknown/missing.]
March 5, 1877 –
March 4, 1883
Republican Alvin Saunders - Brady-Handy.jpg
Alvin Saunders
3
46th
3 VAN WYCK, Charles Henry.jpg
Charles Van Wyck
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
Elected in 1880.

Lost re-election.
4 47th
48th 4 Elected in 1883. March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1895
Republican Charles Frederick Manderson.jpg
Charles F. Manderson
4
49th
4 Paddock.jpg
Algernon S. Paddock
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1893
Elected in 1886.

Retired.
5 50th
51st 5 Re-elected in 1888.

[Data unknown/missing.]
52nd
5 ALLEN, William Vincent.jpg
William V. Allen
Populist March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
Elected in 1893.

Lost re-election.
6 53rd
54th 6 Elected in January 1895.

Retired.
March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1901
Republican John Mellon Thurston.jpg
John Mellen Thurston
5
55th
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
March 8, 1899
Legislature failed to elect. 7 56th
6 HAYWARD, Monroe Leland,.jpg
Monroe Hayward
Republican March 8, 1899 –
December 5, 1899
Elected late.

Died before qualifying.
Vacant December 5, 1899 –
December 13, 1899
7 ALLEN, William Vincent.jpg
William V. Allen
Populist December 13, 1899 –
March 28, 1901
Appointed to continue Hayward's term.

Lost election to finish Hayward's term.
57th 7 Legislature failed to elect March 4, 1901 –
March 28, 1901
Vacant
8 Charles Henry Dietrich.jpg
Charles H. Dietrich
Republican March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1905
Elected to finish Hayward's term.

Retired.
Elected in 1901 to finish vacant term.

Retired.
March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
Republican Joseph Hopkins Millard.jpg
Joseph Millard
6
58th
9 BURKETT, Elmer Jacob,.jpg
Elmer Burkett
Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
Elected January 17, 1905.

Lost renomination.
8 59th
60th 8 Elected January 15, 1907.[1]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
Republican Norris Brown.jpg
Norris Brown
7
61st
10 GMHitchcock.jpg
Gilbert Hitchcock
Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1923
Elected January 18, 1911. 9 62nd
63rd 9 Elected January 21, 1913. March 4, 1913 –
January 3, 1937
Republican GeorgeWNorris.jpg
George W. Norris
8
64th
Re-elected in 1916.

Lost re-election.
10 65th
66th 10 Re-elected in 1918.
67th
11 RBHowell.jpg
Robert B. Howell
Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 11, 1933
Elected in 1922. 11 68th
69th 11 Re-elected in 1924.
70th
Re-elected in 1928.

Died.
12 71st
72nd 12 Re-elected in 1930.
73rd
Vacant March 11, 1933 –
May 24, 1933
12 William H. Thompson Democratic May 24, 1933 –
November 6, 1934
Appointed to continue Howell's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
13 Richard C. Hunter Democratic November 7, 1934 –
January 3, 1935
Elected to finish Howell's term.

Retired.
14 BURKE, Edward Raymond,.jpg
Edward R. Burke
Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
Elected in 1934.

Lost renomination.
13 74th
75th 13 Re-elected in 1936.

Lost re-election.
January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
Independent
76th
15 BUTLER, Hugh Alfred,.jpg
Hugh A. Butler
Republican January 3, 1941 –
July 1, 1954
Elected in 1940. 14 77th
78th 14 Elected in 1942. January 3, 1943 –
November 29, 1951
Republican Kenneth wherry.jpg
Kenneth S. Wherry
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79th
Re-elected in 1946. 15 80th
81st 15 Re-elected in 1948.

Died.
82nd
  November 29, 1951 –
December 10, 1951
Vacant
Appointed to continue Wherry's term.

Retired when successor elected.
December 10, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
Republican Seaton.gif
Fred Andrew Seaton
10
Elected to finish Wherry's term.

Died.
November 5, 1952 –
April 12, 1954
Republican Dwight P. Griswold (1893–1954).jpg
Dwight P. Griswold
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Re-elected in 1952.


Died.
16 83rd
  April 12, 1954 –
April 16, 1954
Vacant
Appointed to continue Griswold's term.

Retired when successor elected.
April 16, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Republican Eva Kelly Bowring.jpg
Eva Bowring
12
Vacant July 1, 1954 –
July 3, 1954
 
Elected to finish Griswold's term.

Resigned.
November 8, 1954 –
December 31, 1954
Republican Hazel Abel.jpg
Hazel Abel
13
16 REYNOLDS, Samuel Williams,.jpg
Samuel W. Reynolds
Republican July 3, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Appointed to continue Butler's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
17 Hruskalee2.jpg
Roman Hruska
Republican November 8, 1954 –
December 27, 1976
Elected to finish Butler's term
Appointed to finish Griswold's term, having already been elected to the next term. January 1, 1955 –
January 3, 1979
Republican CURTIS, Carl Thomas,.jpg
Carl Curtis
14
84th 16 Elected in 1954.
85th
Re-elected in 1958. 17 86th
87th 17 Re-elected in 1960.
88th
Re-elected in 1964. 18 89th
90th 18 Re-elected in 1966.
91st
Re-elected in 1970.

Retired and resigned early.
18 92nd
93rd 19 Re-elected in 1972.

Retired.
94th
18 1985 p78 Edward Zorinsky.jpg
Edward Zorinsky
Democratic December 28, 1976 –
March 6, 1987
Appointed to finish Hruska's term, having been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1976. 19 95th
96th 20 Elected in 1978. January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
Democratic Jim exon.jpg
J. James Exon
15
97th
Re-elected in 1982.

Died.
20 98th
99th 21 Re-elected in 1984.
100th
Vacant March 6, 1987 –
March 11, 1987
19 Davidkarnes.JPG
David K. Karnes
Republican March 11, 1987 –
November 8, 1988
Appointed to finish Zorinsky's term.

Lost election to full term and resigned early.
Vacant November 8, 1988 –
January 3, 1989
20 Senator Bob Kerrey.jpg
Bob Kerrey
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1988. 21 101st
102nd 22 Re-elected in 1990.

Retired.
103rd
Re-elected in 1994.

Retired.
22 104th
105th 23 Elected in 1996. January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
Republican Chuck Hagel official photo.jpg
Chuck Hagel
16
106th
21 Ben Nelson official photo.jpg
Ben Nelson
Democratic January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 2000. 24 107th
108th 24 Re-elected in 2002.

Retired.
109th
Re-elected in 2006.

Retired.
25 110th
111th 25 Elected in 2008.

Retired.
January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
Republican Mike Johanns official Senate photo.jpg
Mike Johanns
17
112th
22 Deb Fischer, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
Deb Fischer
Republican January 3, 2013 –
Present
Elected in 2012. 26 113th
114th 26 Elected in 2014. January 3, 2015 –
Present
Republican Ben Sasse Official photo.jpg
Ben Sasse
18
115th
To be determined in the 2018 election. 27 116th
117th 27 To be determined in the 2020 election.
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Living former U.S. Senators from Nebraska[edit]

As of October 2016, there are five former Senators from Nebraska who are currently living, three from Class 1 and two from Class 2. The most recent Senator to die was J. James Exon of Class 2 (1979–1997) on June 10, 2005. The most recent Class 1 Senator to die was Roman Hruska (1954–1976) on April 25, 1999. The most recently serving Class 1 Senator to die was Edward Zorinsky (1976–1987), who died in office on March 6, 1987.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
David Karnes 1987–1988 1 (1948-12-12) December 12, 1948 (age 69)
Bob Kerrey 1989–2001 1 (1943-08-27) August 27, 1943 (age 74)
Chuck Hagel 1997–2009 2 (1946-10-04) October 4, 1946 (age 71)
Ben Nelson 2001–2013 1 (1941-05-17) May 17, 1941 (age 76)
Mike Johanns 2009–2015 2 (1950-06-18) June 18, 1950 (age 67)

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