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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 Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse.


Class 1

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 100px Thomas Tipton Republican March 1, 1867 –
March 4, 1875
39 1 Elected in 1867
40
41 2 Re-elected in 1869

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42
43
2 100px Algernon Paddock Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1881
44 3 Elected in 1875

Lost re-election
45
46
3 100px Charles Van Wyck Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
47 4 Elected in 1881

Lost re-election
48
49
4 100px Algernon S. Paddock Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1893
50 5 Elected in 1887

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51
52
5 100px 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 100px Monroe Hayward Republican March 8, 1899 –
December 5, 1899
Elected to fill vacancy

Died before qualifying
Vacant December 5, 1899 –
December 13, 1899
7 100px William V. Allen Populist December 13, 1899 –
March 28, 1901
56
(continued)
Appointed to continue Hayward's vacancy

Retired when successor qualified
57
8 100px Charles H. Dietrich Republican March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1905
57
(continued)
Elected to finish Hayward's term

Retired
58
9 100px Elmer Burkett Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
59 8 Elected in 1904

Lost renomination
60
61
10 100px 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
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67
11 100px Robert B. Howell Republican March 4, 1923 –
March 11, 1933
68 11 Elected in 1922
69
70
71 12 Re-elected in 1928

Died
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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 100px Edward R. Burke Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
74 13 Elected in 1934

Lost renomination
75
76
15 100px Hugh A. Butler Republican January 3, 1941 –
July 1, 1954
77 14 Elected in 1940
78
79
80 15 Re-elected in 1946
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82
83 16 Re-elected in 1952


Died
Vacant July 1, 1954 –
July 3, 1954
16 100px Samuel W. Reynolds Republican July 3, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Appointed to continue Butler's term

Retired when successor qualified
17 100px 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 100px 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 100px 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 100px Bob Kerrey Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
101 21 Elected in 1988
102
103
104 22 Re-elected in 1994

Retired
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106
21 100px Ben Nelson Democratic January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2013
107 24 Elected in 2000
108
109
110 25 Re-elected in 2006

Retired
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22 100px Deb Fischer Republican January 3, 2013 –
Present
113 26 Elected in 2012
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# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Class 2

# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history
1 100px John Thayer Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 4, 1871
39 1 Elected in 1867

Lost re-election
40
41
2 100px Phineas Hitchcock Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1877
42 2 Elected in 1871

Lost re-election
43
44
3 100px Alvin Saunders Republican March 5, 1877 –
March 4, 1883
45 3 Elected in 1877

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46
47
4 100px Charles F. Manderson Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1895
48 4 Elected in 1883
49
50
51 5 Re-elected in 1889

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52
53
5 100px 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 100px Joseph Millard Republican March 28, 1901 –
March 4, 1907
Elected in 1901 to finish vacant term

Retired
58
59
7 100px Norris Brown Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1913
60 8 Elected in 1906

Lost re-election
61
62
8 100px 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
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rowspan=3 Template:Party shading/Independent | Independent January 3, 1937 –
January 3, 1943
75 13 Re-elected in 1936

Lost re-election
76
77
9 100px 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
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10 100px Fred Andrew Seaton Republican December 10, 1951 –
November 4, 1952
Appointed to continue Wherry's term

Retired when successor elected
11 100px 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 100px Eva Bowring Republican April 16, 1954 –
November 7, 1954
Appointed to continue Griswold's term

Retired when successor elected
13 100px Hazel Abel Republican November 8, 1954 –
December 31, 1954
Elected to finish Griswold's term

Resigned
14 100px 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
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90 18 Re-elected in 1966
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93 19 Re-elected in 1972

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

Retired
103
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16 100px Chuck Hagel Republican January 3, 1997 –
January 3, 2009
105 23 Elected in 1996
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107
108 24 Re-elected in 2002

Retired
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17 100px Mike Johanns Republican January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
111 25 Elected in 2008
Retired
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18 100px Ben Sasse Republican January 3, 2015 –
114 26 Elected in 2014
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# Senator Party Years Congress Term Electoral history

Living former U.S. Senators from Nebraska

As of April 2015, there are five former U.S. Senators from the U.S. State of Nebraska who are currently living at this time, three from Class 1 and two from Class 2.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
David Karnes 1987–1988 1 (1948-12-12) December 12, 1948 (age 67)
Bob Kerrey 1989–2001 1 (1943-08-27) August 27, 1943 (age 72)
Chuck Hagel 1997–2009 2 (1946-10-04) October 4, 1946 (age 69)
Ben Nelson 2001–2013 1 (1941-05-17) May 17, 1941 (age 74)
Mike Johanns 1999–2015 2 (1950-06-18) June 18, 1950 (age 65)

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