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The Democratic caucus of the United States Senate chooses a conference chairman, or caucus chairman. The office of conference chairman was created in the 19th century, but it was informal until 1903. The office of party floor leader was not created until 1920. Since then, the Senate Democratic leader has also held the position of conference chairman.

List of Democratic Conference Chairmen in the United States Senate

Dates Senator State Notes
-1877 John W. Stevenson Kentucky  
1877-1881 William A. Wallace Pennsylvania  
1881-1885 George H. Pendleton Ohio  
1885-1890 James B. Beck Kentucky  
1890-1898 Arthur P. Gorman Maryland  
1898-1899 David Turpie Indiana  
1899-1903 James K. Jones Arkansas  
1903-1906 Arthur P. Gorman Maryland  
1906-1907 Joseph C. S. Blackburn Kentucky  
1907-1909 Charles A. Culberson Texas  
1909-1911 Hernando D. Money Mississippi  
1911-1913 Thomas S. Martin Virginia  
1913-1917 John Worth Kern Indiana  
1917-1919 Thomas S. Martin Virginia  
1920-1923 Oscar W. Underwood Alabama Also Democratic floor leader
1923-1937 Joseph T. Robinson Arkansas Also Democratic floor leader
1937-1949 Alben W. Barkley Kentucky Also Democratic floor leader
1949-1951 Scott W. Lucas Illinois Also Democratic floor leader
1951-1953 Ernest W. McFarland Arizona Also Democratic floor leader
1953-1961 Lyndon Johnson Texas Also Democratic floor leader
1961-1977 Mike Mansfield Montana Also Democratic floor leader
1977-1989 Robert Byrd West Virginia Also Democratic floor leader
1989-1995 George J. Mitchell Maine Also Democratic floor leader
1995-2005 Tom Daschle South Dakota Also Democratic floor leader
2005-present Harry Reid Nevada Also Democratic floor leader

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