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United States congressional delegations from Alaska

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Since Alaska became a U.S. state in 1959,[1] it has sent congressional delegations to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. Each state elects two senators to serve for six years, and members of the House from Alaska are elected to two-year terms from Alaska's at-large congressional district. Before becoming a state, the Territory of Alaska elected a non-voting delegate at-large to Congress from 1905 to 1959.

Lisa Murkowski is the first elected senator born in Alaska.[2] The current dean of the Alaska delegation is Don Young, having served in the House since 1973. He is also the current Dean of the House and the longest-serving member of the House from the Republican Party.[3]

Alaska's current delegation

United States Senate

Each state elects two senators by statewide popular vote every six years.[4] The terms of the two senators are staggered so that they are not elected in the same year, meaning that each seat also has a class determining the years in which the seat will be up for election. Alaska's senators are elected in classes 2 and 3.

There have been eight senators from Alaska, of whom four have been Democrats and four have been Republicans. Ernest Gruening was elected to the Senate on October 6, 1955 for the 84th Congress but did not take the oath of office and was not accorded senatorial privileges, since Alaska was not yet a state.[5] Alaska's current senators, both Republicans, are Dan Sullivan, in office since 2015, and Lisa Murkowski, in office since 2002.

Class II senators Congress Class III senators
Bob Bartlett (D)[6] 86th (1959–1961) Ernest Gruening (D)
87th (1961–1963)
88th (1963–1965)
89th (1965–1967)
90th (1967–1969)
Ted Stevens (R)
91st (1969–1971) Mike Gravel (D)
92nd (1971–1973)
93rd (1973–1975)
94th (1975–1977)
95th (1977–1979)
96th (1979–1981)
97th (1981–1983) Frank Murkowski (R)
98th (1983–1985)
99th (1985–1987)
100th (1987–1989)
101st (1989–1991)
102nd (1991–1993)
103rd (1993–1995)
104th (1995–1997)
105th (1997–1999)
106th (1999–2001)
107th (2001–2003)
Lisa Murkowski (R)
108th (2003–2005)
109th (2005–2007)
110th (2007–2009)
Mark Begich (D) 111th (2009–2011)
112th (2011–2013)
113th (2013–2015)
Dan Sullivan (R) 114th (2015–2017)
115th (2017–2019)
116th (2019–2021)
117th (2021–2023)

U.S. House of Representatives

Delegates from Alaska Territory

From May 17, 1884 to August 24, 1912, Alaska was designated as the District of Alaska. From then to January 3, 1959, it was the Alaska Territory.

Congress Delegate
59th (1905–1907) Frank Hinman Waskey (D)
60th (1907–1909) Thomas Cale (I)
61st (1909–1911) James Wickersham (R)
62nd (1911–1913)
63rd (1913–1915)
64th (1915–1917)
65th (1917–1919) Charles August Sulzer (D)
James Wickersham[7] (R)
66th (1919–1921) Charles August Sulzer[6] (D)
George Barnes Grigsby (D)
James Wickersham[8] (R)
67th (1921–1923) Daniel Sutherland (R)
68th (1923–1925)
69th (1925–1927)
70th (1927–1929)
71st (1929–1931)
72nd (1931–1933) James Wickersham (R)
73rd (1933–1935) Anthony Dimond (D)
74th (1935–1937)
75th (1937–1939)
76th (1939–1941)
77th (1941–1943)
78th (1943–1945)
79th (1945–1947) Bob Bartlett (D)
80th (1947–1949)
81st (1949–1951)
82nd (1951–1953)
83rd (1953–1955)
84th (1955–1957)
85th (1957–1959)

Members from the State of Alaska

Congress District
At-large
86th (1959–1961) Ralph Julian Rivers (D)
87th (1961–1963)
88th (1963–1965)
89th (1965–1967)
90th (1967–1969) Howard Wallace Pollock (R)
91st (1969–1971)
92nd (1971–1973) Nick Begich[6][9] (D)
Don Young[10] (R)
93rd (1973–1975)
94th (1975–1977)
95th (1977–1979)
96th (1979–1981)
97th (1981–1983)
98th (1983–1985)
99th (1985–1987)
100th (1987–1989)
101st (1989–1991)
102nd (1991–1993)
103rd (1993–1995)
104th (1995–1997)
105th (1997–1999)
106th (1999–2001)
107th (2001–2003)
108th (2003–2005)
109th (2005–2007)
110th (2007–2009)
111th (2009–2011)
112th (2011–2013)
113th (2013–2015)
114th (2015–2017)
115th (2017–2019)
116th (2019–2021)
117th (2021–2023)

Notes

  1. ^ "From Territory to Statehood: Alaska and Hawaii - Topics in Chronicling America (Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room, Library of Congress)". www.loc.gov. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  2. ^ "Lisa Murkowski -". Archives of Women's Political Communication. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  3. ^ "Alaska Rep. Don Young reaches another milestone: Longest-serving Republican in congressional history". Anchorage Daily News. 2019-03-06. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  4. ^ "U.S. Constitution, Amendment XVII". Archived from the original on July 11, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress - Retro Member details". bioguideretro.congress.gov. Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  6. ^ a b c Died in office.
  7. ^ Successfully contested the election of George Barnes Grigsby, the representative who replaced Charles August Sulzer.
  8. ^ Contested the election of Charles August Sulzer, and when Sulzer died, continued the contest against his successor George Barnes Grigsby and won.
  9. ^ Disappeared October 16, 1972, re-elected November 7, declared dead December 29.
  10. ^ Elected to fill the vacancy caused by the previous representative, Nick Begich being re-elected (presumably posthumously) to the next term.

Key

Democratic (D)
Republican (R)
Independent (I)
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