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This is a list of United States Senators from Kentucky. Its senators belong to Classes II and III. Kentucky is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning.

Contents

Class II

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
John Brown Senator John Brown Kentucky.jpg Democratic-
Republican
June 18, 1792 March 4, 1805 President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate (1803; 1804)
Buckner Thruston ThrustonBuckner.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 December 18, 1809 Resigned U.S. Circuit Court for D.C. (1810–1845)
Henry Clay HClay.jpg Democratic-
Republican
January 10, 1810 March 4, 1811 Retired Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)
U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)
Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
George M. Bibb George M. Bibb - Brady-Handy.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1811 August 23, 1814 Resigned Secretary of the Treasury (1844–1845)
Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1809–1810; 1827–1828)
George Walker Democratic-
Republican
August 30, 1814 December 16, 1814 Successor qualified
William T. Barry WBarry.jpg Democratic-
Republican
December 16, 1814 May 1, 1816 Resigned United States Postmaster General (1829–1835)
Minister to Spain (1835)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1820–1824)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1814)
Chief Judge of the New Court (1826–1826
Kentucky Secretary of State (1824–1825)
Martin D. Hardin Martin D Hardin.jpg Federalist November 3, 1816 March 4, 1817 Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1819–1820)
Kentucky Secretary of State (1812–1816)
John J. Crittenden John J. Crittenden.png Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1817 March 3, 1819 Resigned U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)
Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)
Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Richard M. Johnson Richard-Mentor-Johnson.jpg Democratic-
Republican
December 10, 1819 March 4, 1829 Lost re-election Vice President of the United States (1837–1841)
George M. Bibb George M. Bibb - Brady-Handy.jpg Democratic March 4, 1829 March 4, 1835 Secretary of the Treasury (1844–1845)
Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1809–1810; 1827–1828)
John J. Crittenden John J. Crittenden.png National
Republican
March 4, 1835 March 4, 1841 Retired U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)
Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)
Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Whig
James T. Morehead JTMorehead.jpg Whig March 4, 1841 March 4, 1847 Governor of Kentucky (1834–1836)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1832–1834)
Joseph R. Underwood JRUnderwood.jpg Whig March 4, 1847 March 4, 1853 Retired Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1846)
John B. Thompson JBThompson.jpg Know Nothing March 4, 1853 March 4, 1859 Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1852–1853)
Lazarus W. Powell Lazarus W. Powell - Brady-Handy.jpg Democratic March 4, 1859 March 4, 1865 Governor of Kentucky (1851–1855)
James Guthrie JGuthrie.jpg Democratic March 4, 1865 February 7, 1868 Resigned Secretary of the Treasury (1853–1857)
Thomas C. McCreery Thomas C. McCreery - Brady-Handy.jpg Democratic February 19, 1868 March 4, 1871 Lost re-election Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
John W. Stevenson JWStevenson.jpg Democratic March 4, 1871 March 4, 1877 Retired Governor of Kentucky(1867)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1867–1871)
James B. Beck James B. Beck - Brady-Handy.jpg Democratic March 4, 1877 May 3, 1890 Died
John G. Carlisle John Griffin Carlisle, Brady-Handy photo portrait, ca1870-1880.jpg Democratic May 26, 1890 February 4, 1893 Resigned Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1883–1889)
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1893–1897)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1871–1875)
William Lindsay William Lindsay.jpg Democratic February 15, 1893 March 4, 1901 Retired Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1876–1878)
World's Columbian Exposition Commissioner (1893)
U.S. Commissioner to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1901–1904)
Joseph C. S. Blackburn Jblackburn.jpg Democratic March 4, 1901 March 4, 1907 Lost re-election Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (1907–1909)
Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Thomas H. Paynter TPaynter.jpg Democratic March 4, 1907 March 4, 1913 Retired
Ollie M. James OJames.jpg Democratic March 4, 1913 August 28, 1918 Died
George B. Martin GMartin.jpg Democratic September 7, 1918 March 4, 1919 Retired
A. Owsley Stanley AOStanley.jpg Democratic May 19, 1919 March 4, 1925 Lost re-election Governor of Kentucky (1915–1919)
Fred M. Sackett Frederic Sacektt.jpg Republican March 4, 1925 January 9, 1930 Resigned Ambassador to Germany (1930–1933)
John M. Robsion JRobsion.jpg Republican January 11, 1930 November 30, 1930 Lost special election
Ben M. Williamson Ben Mitchell Williamson.jpg Democratic December 1, 1930 March 4, 1931 Retired
Marvel M. Logan MMLogan.jpg Democratic March 4, 1931 October 3, 1939 Died Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1931)
Kentucky Attorney General (1915–1917)
Happy Chandler Happy Chandler.jpg Democratic October 10, 1939 November 1, 1945 Governor of Kentucky (1935–1939; 1955–1959)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1931–1935)
Commissioner of Baseball (1945–1951)
William A. Stanfill WStanfill.jpg Republican November 19, 1945 November 5, 1946 Retired
John Sherman Cooper JohnShermanCooper.jpg Republican November 6, 1946 January 3, 1949 Lost re-election Ambassador to India and Nepal (1955–1956)
Member of the Warren Commission (1964)
Delegate to the United Nations (1949)
Virgil M. Chapman VChapman.jpg Democratic January 3, 1949 March 8, 1951 Died
Thomas R. Underwood TUnderwood.jpg Democratic March 19, 1951 November 4, 1952 Lost special election
John Sherman Cooper JohnShermanCooper.jpg Republican November 5, 1952 January 3, 1955 Lost re-election Ambassador to India and Nepal (1955–1956)
Member of the Warren Commission (1964)
Delegate to the United Nations (1949)
Alben W. Barkley AlbenBarkley.jpg Democratic January 3, 1955 April 30, 1956 Died Vice President of the United States (1949–1953)
Democratic Leader (1937–1949)
Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Robert Humphreys RHumphreys.jpg Democratic June 21, 1956 November 6, 1956 Retired President pro tempore of the Kentucky Senate (1934)
John Sherman Cooper JohnShermanCooper.jpg Republican November 7, 1956 January 3, 1973 Retired Ambassador to India and Nepal (1955–1956)
Member of the Warren Commission (1964)
Delegate to the United Nations (1949)
Walter Huddleston WHuddleston.jpg Democratic January 3, 1973 January 3, 1985 Lost re-election Majority Floor Leader of the Kentucky Senate (1970–1972)
Mitch McConnell Sen Mitch McConnell official.jpg Republican January 3, 1985 Present Incumbent Republican Leader (2007—)
Republican Whip (2003–2007)

Class III

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
John Edwards John Edwards of Kentucky.jpg Democratic-
Republican
June 18, 1792 March 4, 1795
Humphrey Marshall Humphrey Marshall.jpg Federalist March 4, 1795 March 4, 1801
John Breckinridge John Breckinridge.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1801 August 7, 1805 Resigned U.S. Attorney General (1805-1806)
Kentucky Attorney General (1795-1797)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1799-1800)
John Adair Adair John.jpg Democratic-
Republican
November 8, 1805 November 18, 1806 Resigned[1] Governor of Kentucky (1820-1824)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1802-1803)
Henry Clay HClay.jpg Democratic-
Republican
November 19, 1806 March 4, 1807 Served this term despite being younger than 30
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)
U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)
Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
John Pope AR Pope John.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1807 March 4, 1813 President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate (1811)
Territorial Governor of Arkansas (1829-1835)
Jesse Bledsoe Jesse Bledsoe.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1813 December 24, 1814 Resigned Kentucky Secretary of State (1808-1812)
Isham Talbot ITalbot.jpg Democratic-
Republican
February 2, 1815 March 4, 1819
William Logan William Logan of Kentucky.jpg Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1819 May 28, 1820 Resigned Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1804-1806)
Isham Talbot ITalbot.jpg Democratic-
Republican
October 19, 1820 March 4, 1825
National
Republican
John Rowan John Rowan.jpg Democratic March 4, 1825 March 4, 1831 Kentucky Secretary of State (1804-1806)
Henry Clay HClay.jpg National
Republican
November 10, 1831 March 31, 1842 Resigned Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)
U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)
Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Whig
John J. Crittenden John J. Crittenden.png Whig March 31, 1842 June 12, 1848 U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)
Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)
Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Thomas Metcalfe TMetcalfe.jpg Whig June 23, 1848 March 4, 1849 Governor of Kentucky (1828–1832)
Henry Clay HClay.jpg Whig March 4, 1849 June 24, 1852 Died Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)
U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)
Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
David Meriwether DavidMeriwether.jpg Democratic July 6, 1852 August 31, 1852 Retired Governor of New Mexico Territory (1853–1855)
Kentucky Secretary of State (1851)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1859)
Archibald Dixon ArchDixon.jpg Whig September 1, 1852 March 4, 1855 Retired Lt. Governor of Kentucky (1843)
John J. Crittenden John J. Crittenden.png Whig March 4, 1855 March 4, 1861 Retired U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)
Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)
Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Know Nothing
John C. Breckinridge John C Breckinridge-04775-restored.jpg Democratic March 4, 1861 December 41861 Expelled Vice President of the United States (1857–1861)
Confederate States Secretary of War (1865)
Garrett Davis GarrettDavisKY.jpg Unionist December 10, 1861 September 22, 1872 Died
Willis B. Machen WillisMachen.jpg Democratic September 27, 1872 March 4, 1873 Confederate House of Representatives (1862–1865)
Thomas C. McCreery Thomas C. McCreery - Brady-Handy.jpg Democratic March 4, 1873 March 4, 1879 Retired Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
John Stuart Williams John Stuart Williams.jpg Democratic March 4, 1879 March 4, 1885 Lost re-election
Joseph C. S. Blackburn Jblackburn.jpg Democratic March 4, 1885 March 4, 1897 Lost re-election Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (1907–1909)
Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
William J. Deboe WilliamDeboe.jpg Republican March 4, 1897 March 4, 1903 Retired
James B. McCreary James B Mccreary.jpg Democratic March 4, 1903 March 4, 1909 Lost re-election Governor of Kentucky (1875–1879; 1912–1916)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1871–1875)
Delegate to the International Monetary Conference (1892)
William O. Bradley William Bradley.jpg Republican March 4, 1909 May 23, 1914 Died Governor of Kentucky (1895–1899)
Johnson N. Camden Camden Jr.jpg Democratic June 16, 1914 March 4, 1915 Retired
John C. W. Beckham J. C. W. Beckham.jpg Democratic March 4, 1915 March 4, 1921 Lost re-election Governor of Kentucky (1900–1907)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1899–1900)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1898)
Richard P. Ernst Richard Pretlow Ernst.jpg Republican March 4, 1921 March 4, 1927 Lost re-election
Alben W. Barkley AlbenBarkley.jpg Democratic March 4, 1927 January 19, 1949 Resigned Vice President of the United States (1949–1953)
Democratic Leader (1937–1949)
Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Garrett L. Withers Democratic January 20, 1949 November 26, 1950 Retired
Earle C. Clements Earle C Clements.jpg Democratic November 27, 1950 January 3, 1957 Lost re-election Democratic Whip (1953–1957)
Governor of Kentucky (1847–1850)
Majority Leader of the Kentucky Senate (1944)
Thruston B. Morton Thruston B Morton.jpg Republican January 3, 1957 December 16, 1968 Resigned[2] Assistant Secretary of State (1953–1956)
Republican National Committee Chairman (1951–1961)
Marlow Cook Marlow Cook.jpg Republican December 17, 1968 December 27, 1974 Resigned[3]
Wendell H. Ford Wendell Ford.jpg Democratic December 28, 1974 January 3, 1999 Retired Democratic Whip (1991–1999)
Governor of Kentucky (1971–1974)
Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1967–1971)
Jim Bunning Jim Bunning official photo.jpg Republican January 3, 1999 Present Incumbent Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (1996)

References

  1. ^ Adair had previously lost re-election
  2. ^ Morton was not a candidate for re-election, and resigned shortly after the election to allow Marlow Cook to take his seat early.
  3. ^ Cook had lost his bid for re-election in November 1974

See also

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