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List of United States Senators from Nebraska

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 Mike Johanns and Deb_Fischer.


Class 1

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 Thomas Tipton Republican March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1875
39 1 Elected in 1867
40
41 2 Re-elected in 1869

42
43
2 Algernon Paddock Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
44 3 Elected in 1875

Lost re-election
45
46
3 Charles Van Wyck Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
47 4 Elected in 1881

Lost re-election
48
49
4 Algernon S. Paddock Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1893
50 5 Elected in 1887

51
52
5 William V. Allen Populist March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1899
53 6 Elected in 1893

Lost re-election
54
55
Vacant March 4, 1899 –
March 8, 1899
56 7 Legislature failed to elect
6 Monroe Hayward Republican March 8, 1899 –
December 5, 1899
Elected to fill vacancy

Died before qualifying
Vacant December 5, 1899 –
December 13, 1899
7 William V. Allen Populist December 13, 1899 –
March 28, 1901
56
(continued)
Appointed to continue Hayward's vacancy

Retired when successor qualified
57
8 Charles H. Dietrich Republican March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1905
57
(continued)
Elected to finish Hayward's term

Retired
58
9 Elmer Burkett Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
59 8 Elected in 1904

Lost renomination
60
61
10 Gilbert Hitchcock Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1923
62 9 Elected in 1910
63
64
65 10 Re-elected in 1916

Lost re-election
66
67
11 Robert B. Howell Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 11, 1933
68 11 Elected in 1922
69
70
71 12 Re-elected in 1928

Died
72
73
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 Edward R. Burke Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
74 13 Elected in 1934

Lost renomination
75
76
15 Hugh A. Butler Republican January 3, 1941 –
July 1, 1954
77 14 Elected in 1940
78
79
80 15 Re-elected in 1946
81
82
83 16 Re-elected in 1952


Died
Vacant July 1, 1954 –
July 3, 1954
16 Samuel W. Reynolds Republican July 3, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Appointed to continue Butler's term

Retired when successor qualified
17 Roman Hruska Republican November 8, 1954 –
December 27, 1976
83
(continued)
Elected to finish Butler's term
84
85
86 17 Elected to full term in 1958
87
88
89 18 Re-elected in 1964
90
91
92 18 Re-elected in 1970

Retired and resigned early
93
94
18 Edward Zorinsky Democratic December 28, 1976 –
March 6, 1987
Appointed to finish Hruska's term,
having been elected to the next term
95 19 Elected in 1976
96
97
98 20 Re-elected in 1982

Died
99
100
Vacant March 6, 1987 –
March 11, 1987
19 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 Bob Kerrey Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
101 21 Elected in 1988
102
103
104 22 Re-elected in 1994

Retired
105
106
21 Ben Nelson Democratic January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2013
107 24 Elected in 2000
108
109
110 25 Re-elected in 2006

Retired
111
112
22 Deb Fischer Republican January 3, 2013 –
Present
113 26 Elected in 2012
114
115
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Class 2

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 John Thayer Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1871
39 1 Elected in 1867

Lost re-election
40
41
2 Phineas Hitchcock Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
42 2 Elected in 1871

Lost re-election
43
44
3 Alvin Saunders Republican March 5, 1877 –
March 4, 1883
45 3 Elected in 1877

46
47
4 Charles F. Manderson Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1895
48 4 Elected in 1883
49
50
51 5 Re-elected in 1889

52
53
5 John Mellen Thurston Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 4, 1901
54 6 Elected in 1895

Retired
55
56
Vacant March 4, 1901 –
March 28, 1901

57

7 Legislature failed to elect
6 Joseph Millard Republican March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
Elected in 1901 to finish vacant term

Retired
58
59
7 Norris Brown Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
60 8 Elected in 1906

Lost re-election
61
62
8 George W. Norris Republican March 4, 1913 –
January 3, 1937
63 9 Elected in 1912
64
65
66 10 Re-elected in 1918
67
68
69 11 Re-elected in 1924
70
71
72 12 Re-elected in 1930
73
74
Independent January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
75 13 Re-elected in 1936

Lost re-election
76
77
9 Kenneth S. Wherry Republican January 3, 1943 –
November 29, 1951
78 14 Elected in 1942
79
80
81 15 Re-elected in 1948

Died
82
Vacant November 29, 1951 –
December 10, 1951
82
(continued)
10 Fred Andrew Seaton Republican December 10, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
Appointed to continue Wherry's term

Retired when successor elected
11 Dwight P. Griswold Republican November 5, 1952 –
April 12, 1954
82
(continued)
Elected to finish Wherry's term

Died
83
Vacant April 12, 1954 –
April 16, 1954
12 Eva Bowring Republican April 16, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Appointed to continue Griswold's term

Retired when successor elected
13 Hazel Abel Republican November 8, 1954 –
December 31, 1954
Elected to finish Griswold's term

Resigned
14 Carl Curtis Republican January 1, 1955 –
January 3, 1979
Appointed to finish Griswold's term,
having already been elected to the next term
84 16 Elected in 1954
85
86
87 17 Re-elected in 1960
88
89
90 18 Re-elected in 1966
91
92
93 19 Re-elected in 1972

Retired
94
95
15 J. James Exon Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1997
96 20 Elected in 1978
97
98
99 21 Re-elected in 1984
100
101
102 22 Re-elected in 1990

Retired
103
104
16 Chuck Hagel Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
105 23 Elected in 1996
106
107
108 24 Re-elected in 2002

Retired
109
110
17 Mike Johanns Republican January 3, 2009 –
Present
111 25 Elected in 2008
Retiring
112
113
# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

See also

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