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List of United States Senators from Indiana

Indiana was admitted to the Union on December 11, 1816. Since then, Indiana has been represented in the United States Senate by 44 different men in Class 1 and Class 3; David Turpie served non-consecutive terms in Class 1, Dan Coats served non-consecutive terms in Class 3, and William Ezra Jenner served in both classes. Until the passage of the 17th amendment in 1913, senators were elected by the Indiana General Assembly; after that they were elected popularly by Indiana citizens. A senatorial term lasts six years beginning on January 3. In case of a vacancy the Governor of Indiana has the duty to appoint a new senator. The longest-serving of any Senator from Indiana is Republican Richard Lugar.

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that was elected for one session of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years were contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012. They will next be contested in 2018.

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 75px James Noble Democratic-
Republican
December 11, 1816 –
February 26, 1831
1 Elected in 1816.
2 Re-elected in 1821.
Crawford
Republican
Anti-
Jacksonian
3 Re-elected in 1827.

Died.
Vacant February 26, 1831 –
August 19, 1831
2 75px Robert Hanna Whig August 19, 1831 –
January 3, 1832
Appointed to continue Noble's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
3 75px John Tipton Democratic January 3, 1832 –
March 4, 1839
Elected to finish Noble's term
4 Re-elected in 1832.

Retired.
4 75px Albert Smith White Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 4, 1845
5 Elected in 1838.

Retired.
5 75px Jesse D. Bright Democratic March 4, 1845 –
February 5, 1862
6 Elected in 1844.
7 Re-elected in 1850.
8 Re-elected in 1856.

Expelled for sympathizing with the Confederacy.
Vacant February 5, 1862 –
February 24, 1862
6 75px Joseph A. Wright Democratic February 24, 1862 –
January 14, 1863
Appointed to finish Bright's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
7 75px David Turpie Democratic January 14, 1863 –
March 4, 1863
Elected to finish Bright's term
8 75px Thomas A. Hendricks Democratic March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1869
9 Elected in 1862.

Retired.
9 75px Daniel D. Pratt Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 4, 1875
10 Elected in 1868.

Retired.
10 75px Joseph E. McDonald Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
11 Elected in 1874.

Lost re-election.
11 75px Benjamin Harrison Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
12 Elected in 1880.

Lost re-election.
12 75px David Turpie Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1899
13 Elected in 1887.
14 Re-elected in 1893.

Lost re-election.
13 75px Albert J. Beveridge Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1911
15 Elected in 1899.
16 Re-elected in 1905.

Lost re-election.
14 75px John W. Kern Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1917
17 Elected in 1910.

Lost re-election.
15 75px Harry Stewart New Republican March 4, 1917 –
March 4, 1923
18 Elected in 1916.

Lost renomination.
16 75px Samuel M. Ralston Democratic March 4, 1923 –
October 14, 1925
19 Elected in 1922.

Died.
Vacant October 14, 1925 –
October 20, 1925
17 75px Arthur Raymond Robinson Republican October 20, 1925 –
January 3, 1935
Appointed to continue Ralston's term
Elected to finish Ralston's term
20 Re-elected in 1928. Lost re-election
18 75px Sherman Minton Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
21 Elected in 1934.

Lost re-election.
19 75px Raymond E. Willis Republican January 3, 1941 –
January 3, 1947
22 Elected in 1940.

Retired.
20 75px William Ezra Jenner Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1959
23 Elected in 1946.
24 Re-elected in 1952.

Retired.
21 75px Vance Hartke Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1977
25 Elected in 1958.
26 Re-elected in 1964.
27 Re-elected in 1970.

Lost re-election.
22 75px Richard Lugar Republican January 3, 1977 –
January 3, 2013
28 Elected in 1976.
29 Re-elected in 1982.
30 Re-elected in 1988.
31 Re-elected in 1994.
32 Re-elected in 2000.
33 Re-elected in 2006.

Lost renomination.
23 75px Joe Donnelly Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
34 Elected in 2012.
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that was elected for three sessions of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years were contested in 1992, 1998, 2004, and 2010. They will next be contested in 2016.

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 75px Waller Taylor Democratic-
Republican
December 11, 1816 –
March 4, 1825
1 Elected in 1816.
2 Re-elected in 1818.

Retired.
2 75px William Hendricks National
Republican
March 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1837
3 Elected in 1824.
4 Re-elected in 1830.

Lost re-election.
3 75px Oliver H. Smith Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 4, 1843
5 Elected in 1836.

Lost re-election.
4 75px Edward A. Hannegan Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 4, 1849
6 Elected in 1842.

Lost renomination.
5 75px James Whitcomb Democratic March 4, 1849 –
December 4, 1852
7 Elected in 1848.

Died.
Vacant December 4, 1852 –
December 6, 1852
6 75px Charles W. Cathcart Democratic December 6, 1852 –
January 18, 1853
Appointed to continue Whitcomb's term.

Retired when successor qualified.
7 75px John Pettit Democratic January 18, 1853 –
March 4, 1855
Elected to finish Whitcomb's term.

Lost election to full term.
Vacant March 4, 1855 –
February 4, 1857
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8 75px Graham N. Fitch Democratic February 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1861
Elected late in 1857.

Retired.
9 75px Henry Smith Lane Republican March 4, 1861 –
March 4, 1867
9 Elected in 1860.
10 75px Oliver Hazard Perry Morton Republican March 4, 1867 –
November 1, 1877
10 Elected in 1866.
11 Re-elected in 1873.

Died.
Vacant November 1, 1877 –
November 6, 1877
11 75px Daniel W. Voorhees Democratic November 6, 1877 –
March 4, 1897
Appointed to continue Morton's term
Elected to finish Morton's term
12 Re-elected in 1879.
13 Re-elected in 1885.
14 Re-elected in 1891.

Lost re-election.
12 75px Charles W. Fairbanks Republican March 4, 1897 –
March 4, 1905
15 Elected in 1896.
16 Re-elected in 1902.

Resigned to become Vice President.
13 75px James A. Hemenway Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1909
Elected to finish Fairbanks's term.

Lost election to full term.
14 75px Benjamin F. Shiveley Democratic March 4, 1909 –
March 14, 1916
17 Elected in 1909.
18 Re-elected in 1914.

Died.
Vacant March 14, 1916 –
March 20, 1916
15 75px Thomas Taggart Democratic March 20, 1916 –
November 7, 1916
Appointed to continue Shiveley's term.

Lost election to finish Shiveley's term.
16 75px James Eli Watson Republican November 8, 1916 –
March 4, 1933
Elected to finish Shiveley's term
19 Re-elected in 1920.
20 Re-elected in 1926.

Lost re-election.
17 75px Frederick Van Nuys Democratic March 4, 1933 –
January 25, 1944
21 Elected in 1932.
22 Re-elected in 1938.

Died.
Vacant January 25, 1944 –
January 28, 1944
18 75px Samuel D. Jackson Democratic January 28, 1944 –
November 13, 1944
Appointed to continue Van Nuys's term.

Retired when successor elected.
19 75px William E. Jenner Republican November 14, 1944 –
January 3, 1945
Elected to finish Van Nuys's term.

Retired.
20 75px Homer E. Capehart Republican January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1963
23 Elected in 1944.
24 Re-elected in 1950.
25 Re-elected in 1956.

Lost re-election.
21 75px Birch Bayh Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1981
26 Elected in 1962.
27 Re-elected in 1968.
28 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
22 75px Dan Quayle Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1989
29 Elected in 1980.
30 Re-elected in 1986.

Resigned to become U.S. Vice President.
23 75px Dan Coats Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 1999
Appointed to continue Quayle's term
Elected to finish Quayle's term.
31 Re-elected in 1992.

Retired.
24 75px Evan Bayh Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2011
32 Elected in 1998.
33 Re-elected in 2004.

Retired.
25 75px Dan Coats Republican January 3, 2011 –
Present
34 Elected in 2010.

Retiring in 2016.
# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history

Living former U.S. Senators from Indiana

As of April 2015, there are four former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of Indiana who are currently living at this time, one from Class 1 and three from Class 3.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Birch Bayh 1963–1981 3 (1928-01-22) January 22, 1928 (age 88)
Richard Lugar 1977–2013 1 (1932-04-04) April 4, 1932 (age 83)
Dan Quayle 1981–1989 3 (1947-02-04) February 4, 1947 (age 69)
Evan Bayh 1999–2011 3 (1955-12-26) December 26, 1955 (age 60)

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