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List of United States Senators from Wisconsin

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Current delegation

Wisconsin was admitted to the Union on May 29, 1848. Its current senators are Republican Ron Johnson and Democrat Tammy Baldwin, making it one of nine states to have a split senate delegation.

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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 1

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. The next election will be in 2024.


Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently 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 May 29, 1848 –
June 8, 1848
Wisconsin elected its Senators 10 days after statehood. 1 30th 1 Wisconsin elected its Senators 10 days after statehood. May 29, 1848 –
June 8, 1848
Henry Dodge portrait.jpg

Henry Dodge
Democratic June 8, 1848 –
March 3, 1857
Elected in 1848. Elected in 1848. June 8, 1848 –
March 3, 1855
Isaac P. Walker.jpg

Isaac P. Walker
31st 2 Re-elected in 1849.

Re-elected in 1851.

2 32nd
34th 3 Elected in 1854.

[Data unknown/missing.]
March 4, 1855 –
March 3, 1861
Charles Durkee.jpg

Charles Durkee
James rood doolittle.jpg

James R. Doolittle
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1869
Elected in 1857. 3 35th
37th 4 Elected in 1861. March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1879
Timothy O. Howe - Brady-Handy.jpg

Timothy O. Howe
Re-elected in 1863.

[Data unknown/missing.]
4 38th
40th 5 Re-elected in 1866.
Matthew H. Carpenter - Brady-Handy.jpg

Matthew H. Carpenter
Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1868 or 1869.

Lost re-election.
5 41st
43rd 6 Re-elected in 1872.

Lost re-election.
Angus Cameron - Brady-Handy.jpg

Angus Cameron
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1881
Elected in 1875.

6 44th
46th 7 Elected in 1879.

March 4, 1879 –
February 24, 1881
Matthew H. Carpenter - Brady-Handy.jpg

Matthew H. Carpenter
  February 24, 1881 –
March 14, 1881
Philetus Sawyer - Brady-Handy.jpg

Philetus Sawyer
Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1893
Elected in 1881. 7 47th
Elected to finish Carpenter's term.

March 14, 1881 –
March 3, 1885
Angus Cameron - Brady-Handy.jpg

Angus Cameron
49th 8 Elected in 1885.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1891
John Coit Spooner.jpg

John Coit Spooner
Re-elected in 1887.

8 50th
52nd 9 Elected in 1890.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1897

William F. Vilas
John L. Mitchell.jpg

John L. Mitchell
Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1899
Elected in 1893.

9 53rd
55th 10 Elected January 26, 1897.[1] March 4, 1897 –
April 30, 1907
John Coit Spooner.jpg

John Coit Spooner
Joseph Quarles.jpg

Joseph V. Quarles
Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1905
Elected in 1899.

10 56th
58th 11 Re-elected January 27, 1903.[2]

Robert M. La Follette, Sr.jpg

Robert M. La Follette Sr.
Republican January 4, 1906 –
June 18, 1925
Elected January 25, 1905.
(Did not assume the seat until January 2, 1906, preferring to finish his term as Governor of Wisconsin.)
11 59th
  April 30, 1907 –
May 17, 1907
Elected to finish Spooner's term. May 17, 1907 –
March 3, 1915
Isaac Stephenson.jpg

Isaac Stephenson
61st 12 Re-elected in 1909.

Re-elected in 1911. 12 62nd
64th 13 Elected in 1914.

March 4, 1915 –
October 21, 1917

Paul O. Husting
Re-elected in 1916. 13 65th
  October 21, 1917 –
April 18, 1918
Elected April 2, 1918 to finish Husting's term. April 18, 1918 –
March 3, 1927

Irvine Lenroot
67th 14 Re-elected in 1920.

Lost renomination.
Re-elected in 1922.

14 68th
Vacant June 18, 1925 –
September 30, 1925

Robert M. La Follette Jr.
Republican September 30, 1925 –
January 3, 1947
Elected to finish his father's term
70th 15 Elected in 1926.

Lost renomination.
March 4, 1927 –
March 3, 1933
John J. Blaine.jpg

John J. Blaine
Re-elected in 1928. 15 71st
73rd 16 Elected in 1932.

Lost re-election.
March 4, 1933 –
January 3, 1939

F. Ryan Duffy
Progressive Re-elected in 1934. 16 74th
76th 17 Elected in 1938. January 3, 1939 –
January 3, 1963
Alexander Wiley.jpg

Alexander Wiley
Re-elected in 1940.

Lost renomination.
17 77th
79th 18 Re-elected in 1944.
Joseph McCarthy.jpg

Joseph McCarthy
Republican January 3, 1947 –
May 2, 1957
Elected in 1946. 18 80th
82nd 19 Re-elected in 1950.
Re-elected in 1952.

19 83rd
85th 20 Re-elected in 1956.

Lost re-election.
Vacant May 3, 1957 –
August 27, 1957
Senator William Proxmire.jpg

William Proxmire
Democratic August 28, 1957 –
January 3, 1989
Elected to finish McCarthy's term
Re-elected in 1958. 20 86th
88th 21 Elected in 1962. January 8, 1963 –
January 3, 1981

Gaylord A. Nelson
Re-elected in 1964. 21 89th
91st 22 Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970. 22 92nd
94th 23 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1976. 23 95th
97th 24 Elected in 1980. January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1993

Robert W. Kasten, Jr.
Re-elected in 1982.

24 98th
100th 25 Re-elected in 1986.

Lost re-election.
Herbert Kohl, official photo.jpg

Herb Kohl
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in 1988. 25 101st
103rd 26 Elected in 1992. January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2011
Russ Feingold Official Portrait 3.jpg

Russ Feingold
Re-elected in 1994. 26 104th
106th 27 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000. 27 107th
109th 28 Re-elected in 2004.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 2006.

28 110th
112th 29 Elected in 2010. January 3, 2011 –
Ron Johnson, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg

Ron Johnson
Tammy Baldwin, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg

Tammy Baldwin
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Elected in 2012. 29 113th
115th 30 Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018. 30 116th
118th 31 To be determined in the 2022 election.
To be determined in the 2024 election. 31 119th
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T
Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 1 Class 3

Living former U.S. Senators from Wisconsin

As of January 2019, there are three living former Senators, one from Class 1 and two from Class 3. The most recent senator to die was William Proxmire (1957–1989) on December 15, 2005, who is also the most recently serving Senator to die.

Senator Term of office Class Date of birth (and age)
Bob Kasten 1981–1993 3 (1942-06-19) June 19, 1942 (age 76)
Herb Kohl 1989–2013 1 (1935-02-07) February 7, 1935 (age 84)
Russ Feingold 1993–2011 3 (1953-03-02) March 2, 1953 (age 66)

See also


  1. ^ "TWO SENATORS ELECTED". The New York Times. January 27, 1897. p. 3.
  2. ^ "Senator Spooner Re-elected". The New York Times. January 28, 1903. p. 8.
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