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List of United States Senators from Kansas

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Current delegation
Senator Pat Roberts
Senator Jerry Moran

This is a list of United States Senators from Kansas. Kansas was admitted to the Union on January 29, 1861, and its senators belong to Class 2 and Class 3. Kansas's current senators are Republicans Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. 29 of Kansas's senators have been Republicans, 3 have been Democrats, and 2 have been Populists. Kansas last elected a Democrat in 1932, which is the longest streak of having Republican senators in the nation.

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I'm Mr. Beat The United States has 100 senators. Two for every state. and they each serve a term of six years. The Senate collectively makes up half of Congress, the folks who make laws that apply to the whole country. They represent the states, not the people. The year I was born, the average age of a U.S. Senator was 53. Today, while the average age of all Americans is my age, the average age of a Senator is 61. They're getting older, man. This dude here, is Bernie Sanders, a Senator representing Vermont, and polls say he is the most popular Senator in the country. Polls say that this dude Mitch McConnell, a Senator representing Kentucky, is the least popular Senator in the country. Does that mean Bernie is the best Senator in the country and Mitch is the worst? Absolutely not. I think? But anyway, this got me thinking What about all of American history? Who were the best Senators? Who were the worst Senators? Let’s be negative first, shall we? Based on my research, here are the 10 worst Senators in American history. And remember, of course, that this is just my measly opinion. Also, before we get into this list, I didn’t include the senators like Bernie or Mitch who are currently in office or recently got out of office because of our bias to automatically hate politicians currently in office or who recently got out of office. So, let's get right into it. How about a little corruption to start things off? #10 James Simmons Senator from Rhode Island from 1841 to 1847 and again from 1857 to 1862, Simmons got caught getting a contract for two Rhode Island rifle manufacturers in return for $20,000 in promissory notes. So basically, he was bribed to help these two companies make lots of money from the U.S. government, which needed lots of rifles as it turns out since it was fighting the Confederate forces in the Civil War. The reason why Simmons isn’t higher up on this list is because technically there wasn’t a law saying you couldn’t do this, although Congress promptly passed a law saying "you can't do that!" #9 William Blount Yeah that's how you pronounce his name. Senator from Tennessee from 1796 to 1797, Blount was a Founding Father, and the only Senator on this list to actually sign the U.S. Constitution. Originally from North Carolina, Blount was instrumental in opening up lands west of the Appalachians to settlement. He bought up millions of acres out there himself, but his risky land investments caused him to get a lot of debt. Due to this debt, he conspired with Britain to take over the Spanish-controlled Louisiana to try to raise the prices of his land. Well, he didn’t get away with it. When Congress found out in 1797, he became the first Senator kicked out of the Senate and also the first federal official to get impeached. Blount was arrested, but posted bail and went to Tennessee and never came back. He never showed up to trial, and the feds eventually gave up trying to arrest him again. #8 Joseph Burton Aw man, this dude’s from my home state. Senator from Kansas from 1901 to 1906, uh Burton had a little conflict of interest you could say. He was getting paid for defending a company successfully against the United States government while he was Senator. Eventually, he was found guilty of public corruption, which means he was misusing the power he had as Senator for private gain. Burton became the first member of the Senate to actually be convicted of a crime. Now, does that mean other Senators weren’t doing crap like this before this? Of course not, but he was the first one to get caught. #7 John Mitchell Weird coincidence, Mitchell was Senator the same time as Burton. He represented the state of Oregon from 1901 to 1905 and was all about Big Business and against most of the political reforms of the Populists. The biggest reason why he’s on this list is because of his involvement in the Oregon land fraud scandal. Yep, this was more public corruption. Mitchell abused his power, helping a client get patents to fraudulent land claims. After being found guilty, he was sentenced to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine, but he died soon after getting a tooth pulled. True story, bro. #6 Harrison Williams Senator from New Jersey from 1959 to 1982, Williams was a career politician who actually had quite a few accomplishments in his career. Many of the social programs and public urban transit Americans take for granted today is because of him. However, beginning in the 1980s, things went downhill fast for Williams. He was convicted of bribery and conspiracy after the Abscam scandal, (that is hard to say. say that three times) a FBI-led sting operation that also took out several other politicians. He resigned after the Senate was going to kick him out anyway, and was sentenced to 3 years in prison, the first time in more than 80 years that a U.S. Senator had spent time in prison by the way. #5 Bob Packwood Sorry Oregon, here’s another one from your state. He represented it from 1969 to 1995. I’ll try not to be too mean because he is still alive, however, he was mean, man. Packwood was another career politician who did accomplish a lot while in Congress. But that whole freaking time, he was consistently abusing his power by committing sexual misconduct. The Senate Ethics Committee, which recommended his expulsion in 1995, reported that he made at least 18 “separate and unwanted and unwelcome sexual advances between 1969 and 1990.” And he even wrote about it in his diary. Packwood resigned before the Senate could kick him out. And of course, after he resigned he promptly became a lobbyist. #4 Pat McCarran Senator from Nevada from 1933 to 1954, McCarran is known as one of the few Democrats who was against Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives. Of course he was racist and xenophobic, but he also had anti-Semitic beliefs. Oh, and he was a fan of fascists. He openly admired the Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. He also was in bed with the oil industry. Most infamously, he was a big reason the Second Red Scare happened. He hated communism so much that he didn’t even care if he trampled right over civil liberties, sponsoring the paranoia-based Internal Security Act and establishing the Subversive Activities Control Board to start witch hunts targeting communists. He was so bad, that Nevada representatives recently even called for the removal his statue that’s sitting in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Yep, here’s one you have probably heard of... #3 Joseph McCarthy Senator from Wisconsin from 1947 to 1957, McCarthy became the face of the Second Red Scare of the late 1940s and early 1950s. After three years of not doing much in the Senate, McCarthy all of a sudden became a household name in February 1950 when he claimed he had a list of members of communist spies and members of the Communist Party employed within the State Department. Did he ever reveal that list to the public? No. Did he continue to throw out baseless allegations? Absolutely. He stirred up so much communist hatred and paranoia in the United States that today we name it after him. It’s called McCarthyism. Oh yeah, and don’t forget the Lavender Scare he also stirred up, which was another witch hunt that targeted homosexuals, causing them to lose their government jobs throughout the 1950s. And later he helped turn socialism into a dirty word, too. McCarthy is not known for policy or getting sweeping legislation passed. He’s known today for just causing mass hysteria. Even the Senate had had enough of him so much that they censured him in 1954. “Censured” just means they officially said “you did bad, stop it, we disapprove.” And here’s one you probably HAVEN’T heard of. #2 Theodore Bilbo Senator from Mississippi from 1935 to 1947 and poster boy for white supremacy and segregation in the South. While most Senators throughout American history have been at least somewhat racist, Bilbo was a special kind of racist. First of all, he was a member of the KKK, so there’s that. He didn’t just hate African Americans. He hated communists, Jews, unions, and of course immigrants. As governor of Mississippi, he did nothing as mobs lynched African Americans in the streets. Also as governor, he tried to get a bunch of teachers fired and caused his state to almost go bankrupt. Wait a second, why didn’t this dude make my Worst Governors video? Anyway, his ego was ridiculously big and he always liked to be the center of attention, wearing bright, flashy suits joke...always referring to himself in the third person. And finally, after his re-election to the Senate in 1946, a group of African American World War II vets said they and several other blacks were not allowed to vote in the election. But before the Senate could act on the charges, Bilbo died in his mansion. And #1. It's a tie. and if you saw my Worst Governors video, this one may not be much of a surprise. These are all of the Senators who left the Union to join the Confederacy during the Civil War. All of them declared allegiance to the Confederacy in the name of preserving the institution of slavery. Maybe you CAN call them traitors. Regardless, they should have stuck with the Union. So that’s it. The ten worst senators in American history. I know I left a lot of bad senators off this list. And maybe you disagree with this list. Yeah, yeah, go ahead and tell me how wrong I am. Also, I want to get a list going of (dis)honorable mentions. Get it? (Dis)honorable? And I want to gather those and put them in the description of this video and maybe pin a comment. A special shout out to Ian for suggesting the topic of this video. Ian and his mother are long time Patreon supporters. Thank you so much guys. It means the world. Next week, I have another Patreon-requested video coming. Get excited! Thanks for watching. Now how do I get out of here? How did I even get here? Why is it so warm outside? Is this real?


List of Senators

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected in the first elections of 1861. The seat in recent years have been contested in 1996, 2002, 2008, and 2014. The next election will be in 2020.


Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected in the first elections of 1861. The seat in recent years have been contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Vacant January 29, 1861 –
April 4, 1861
Kansas did not elect its Senators until two months after statehood. 1 36th Kansas did not elect its Senators until two months after statehood. January 29, 1861 –
April 4, 1861
37th 1
James Henry Lane.jpg

James H. Lane
Republican[1] April 4, 1861 –
July 11, 1866[1]
Elected in 1861.[1] Elected in 1861. April 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1873
Samuel C. Pomeroy - Brady-Handy.jpg

Samuel C. Pomeroy
Re-elected in 1865.[1]

2 39th
Vacant July 11, 1866 –
July 25, 1866
Edmund G. Ross - Brady-Handy.jpg

Edmund G. Ross
Republican[2] July 25, 1866 –
March 3, 1871[2]
Appointed to continue Lane's term.[2]

Elected January 23, 1867 to finish Lane's term.[3]

Lost re-election.[2]
40th 2 Re-elected in 1867.

Lost re-election.
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Alexander Caldwell
Republican[4] March 4, 1871 –
March 24, 1873[4]
Elected in 1871.[4]

Resigned in 1873.[4]
3 42nd
43rd 3 Elected in 1873. March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1891

John James Ingalls
Vacant March 24, 1873 –
November 24, 1873
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Robert Crozier
Republican November 24, 1873 –
February 2, 1874
Appointed to continue Caldwell's term.

Retired when successor elected.
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James M. Harvey
Republican February 2, 1874 –
March 3, 1877
Elected in 1874 to finish Caldwell's term.

[Data unknown/missing.]
Preston B. Plumb - Brady-Handy.jpg

Preston B. Plumb
Republican March 4, 1877 –
December 20, 1891
Elected in 1877. 4 45th
46th 4 Re-elected in 1879.
Re-elected January 24, 1883.[5] 5 48th
49th 5 Re-elected in 1885.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1888.

6 51st
52nd 6 Elected in 1891.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897
William Alfred Peffer.jpg

William A. Peffer
Vacant December 20, 1891 –
January 1, 1892
Bishop Perkins.jpg

Bishop W. Perkins
Republican January 1, 1892 –
March 4, 1893
Appointed to continue Plumb's term.

Retired when successor qualified
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John Martin
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
Elected January 25, 1893 to finish Plumb's term, but didn't qualify until March 4, 1893.

[Data unknown/missing.]
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Lucien Baker
Republican March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1901
Elected in January 1895.

Lost renomination.
7 54th
55th 7 Elected January 27, 1897.[6]

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1903
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William A. Harris
Joseph Ralph Burton.jpg

Joseph R. Burton
Republican March 4, 1901 –
June 4, 1906
Elected January 22, 1901.[7]

Resigned when convicted of bribery.
8 57th
58th 8 Elected January 28, 1903.[8]

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1909
Chester Isaiah Long.jpg

Chester I. Long
Vacant June 4, 1906 –
June 11, 1906
Alfred Washburn Benson.jpg

Alfred W. Benson
Republican June 11, 1906 –
January 22, 1907
Appointed to continue Burton's term.

Lost election to finish Burton's term.
Charles Curtis.jpg

Charles Curtis
Republican January 22, 1907 –
March 3, 1913
Elected January 22, 1907 to finish Burton's term.
Elected January 22, 1907 to the next term.

Lost re-election.
9 60th
61st 9 Elected January 26, 1909.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1915

Joseph L. Bristow
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William H. Thompson
Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1919
Elected January 28, 1913.

Lost re-election.
10 63rd
64th 10 Elected in 1914. March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1929
Charles Curtis.jpg

Charles Curtis
Arthur Capper.png

Arthur Capper
Republican March 4, 1919 –
January 3, 1949
Elected in 1918. 11 66th
67th 11 Re-elected in 1920.
Re-elected in 1924. 12 69th
70th 12 Re-elected in 1926.

Resigned to become U.S. Vice President
71st   March 3, 1929 –
April 1, 1929
Appointed to continue Curtis's term.

Lost election to finish Curtis's term.
April 1, 1929 –
November 30, 1930
Henry Justin Allen.jpg

Henry Justin Allen
Elected November 4, 1930 to finish Curtis's term. December 1, 1930 –
January 3, 1939

George McGill
Re-elected in 1930. 13 72nd
73rd 13 Re-elected in 1932.
Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1936. 14 75th
76th 14 Elected in 1938. January 3, 1939 –
November 8, 1949

Clyde M. Reed
Re-elected in 1942.

15 78th
79th 15 Re-elected in 1944.

Andrew Frank Schoeppel.jpg

Andrew F. Schoeppel
Republican January 3, 1949 –
January 21, 1962
Elected in 1948. 16 81st
  November 8, 1949 –
December 2, 1949
Appointed to continue Reed's term.

Retired when successor elected.
December 2, 1949 –
November 28, 1950
Harry Darby.jpg

Harry Darby
Elected in 1950 to finish Reed's term. November 29, 1950 –
January 3, 1969

Frank Carlson

82nd 16 Elected to full term in 1950.
Re-elected in 1954. 17 84th
85th 17 Re-elected in 1956.
Re-elected in 1960.

18 87th
Vacant January 21, 1962 –
January 31, 1962
James B. Pearson (R-KS).jpg

James B. Pearson
Republican January 31, 1962 –
December 23, 1978
Appointed to continue Schoeppel's term.

Elected November 6, 1962 to finish Schoeppel's term.[3]
88th 18 Re-elected in 1962.

Re-elected in 1966. 19 90th
91st 19 Elected in 1968. January 3, 1969 –
June 11, 1996
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Bob Dole
Re-elected in 1972.

Retired and resigned early to allow successor gain seniority.
20 93rd
94th 20 Re-elected in 1974.

Nancy Kassebaum
Republican December 23, 1978 –
January 3, 1997
Appointed to finish Pearson's term,
having already been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1978. 21 96th
97th 21 Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1984. 22 99th
100th 22 Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1990.

23 102nd
103rd 23 Re-elected in 1992.

Resigned to campaign for U.S. President.
Appointed to continue Dole's term.

Lost nomination to finish Dole's term.
June 11, 1996 –
November 6, 1996

Sheila Frahm
Elected in 1996 to finish Dole's term November 7, 1996 –
January 3, 2011
Sam Brownback official portrait 3.jpg

Sam Brownback
Pat Roberts official Senate photo.jpg

Pat Roberts
Republican January 3, 1997 –
Elected in 1996. 24 105th
106th 24 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2002. 25 108th
109th 25 Re-elected in 2004.

Retired to run for Governor of Kansas.
Re-elected in 2008. 26 111th
112th 26 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
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Jerry Moran

Re-elected in 2014. 27 114th
115th 27 Re-elected in 2016.
To be decided in the 2020 election. 28 117th
118th 28 To be decided in the 2022 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 2 Class 3

Living former U.S. Senators from Kansas

As of January 2019, there are four living former U.S. Senators from Kansas, one from Class 2 and three from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was James B. Pearson (served 1962–1978) on January 13, 2009, who is also the most recently serving Senator to die.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Bob Dole 1969–1996 3 (1923-07-22) July 22, 1923 (age 95)
Nancy Kassebaum 1978–1997 2 (1932-07-29) July 29, 1932 (age 86)
Sheila Frahm 1996 3 (1945-03-22) March 22, 1945 (age 74)
Sam Brownback 1996–2011 3 (1956-09-12) September 12, 1956 (age 62)


  1. ^ a b c d e United States Congress. "James Henry Lane (id: L000061)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress., Retrieved January 15, 2011
  2. ^ a b c d United States Congress. "Edmund Gibson Ross (id: R000445)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress., Retrieved January 15, 2011
  3. ^ a b Byrd, p. 108.
  4. ^ a b c d United States Congress. "Alexander Caldwell (id: C000027)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  5. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. ... Kansas: Standard Publishing Company. p. 757.
  6. ^ "Peffer's Successor Chosen". The New York Times. January 28, 1897. p. 1.
  7. ^ "J.R. Burton the Choice in Kansas". The New York Times. January 23, 1901. p. 5.
  8. ^ Proceedings of the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas. Thirteenth Biennial Session, Topka, January 13 to March 13, 1903. Topeka, Kansas. 1903. p. 303-306.


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