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Arkansasmarker was admitted to the Union on June 15, 1836, and elects its senators to Class II and Class III. Arkansas' Senate seats were declared vacant in July 1861, due to its secession from the Union. They were again filled from June 1868. Its current senators are Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor.

Class II

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
William S. Fulton Democratic September 18, 1836 August 15, 1844 Died Governor of the Arkansas Territory (1835–1836)
Chester Ashley Democratic November 8, 1844 April 29, 1848 Died
William K. Sebastian Democratic May 12, 1848 July 11, 1861 Expelled President of the Arkansas Senate (1846–1847)

Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Courtmarker (1843–1845)

Expulsion was reversed by the Senate in 1877


Vacant during the Civil War and Reconstruction


Alexander McDonald Republican June 22, 1868 March 4, 1871 Lost re-election
Powell Clayton Republican March 24, 1871 March 4, 1877 Governor of Arkansas (1868–1871)
Augustus H. Garland Democratic March 4, 1877 March 6, 1885 Resigned United States Attorney General (1885–1889)

Governor of Arkansas (1874–1877)

Confederate States Senator (1864–1865)

Confederate States Representative (1861–1864)
James H. Berry Democratic March 20, 1885 March 4, 1907 Lost re-election Governor of Arkansas (1883–1885)

Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives (1874)
Jeff Davis Democratic March 4, 1907 January 3, 1913 Died Governor of Arkansas (1901–1907)

Arkansas Attorney General (1898–1901)
John N. Heiskell Democratic January 6, 1913 January 29, 1913 Successor qualified
William M. Kavanaugh Democratic January 29, 1913 March 4, 1913
Joseph T. Robinson Democratic March 4, 1913 July 14, 1937 Died Senate Democratic Leader (1923–1937)

U.S. Representative (1903–1913)

Governor of Arkansas (1913)
John E. Miller Democratic November 15, 1937 March 31, 1941 Resigned U.S. Representative (1931–1937)

United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas (1941–1967)
George L. Spencer Democratic April 1, 1941 January 3, 1943 Retired
John L. McClellan Democratic January 3, 1943 November 28, 1977 Died U.S. Representative (1935–1939)
Kaneaster Hodges, Jr. Democratic December 10, 1977 January 3, 1979 Retired
David H. Pryor Democratic January 3, 1979 January 3, 1997 Retired U.S. Representative (1966–1977)

Governor of Arkansas (1975–1979)
Tim Hutchinson Republican January 3, 1997 January 3, 2003 Lost re-election U.S. Representative (1993–1997)
Mark Pryor Democratic January 3, 2003 Present Incumbent Arkansas Attorney General (1999–2003)


Class III

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
Ambrose H. Sevier Democratic February 13, 1836 June 15, 1848 Resigned President pro tempore (1845)

Minister to Mexico (1848)

Arkansas Territory's Delegate to Congress (1828–1836)

Speaker of the Arkansas Territory House of Representatives (1827)
Solon Borland Democratic March 30, 1848 April 11, 1853 Resigned Envoy to Nicaragua (1853–1854)
Robert W. Johnson Democratic July 6, 1853 March 4, 1861 Retired U.S. Representative (1847–1853)

Confederate States Senator (1862–1865)
Charles B. Mitchel Democratic March 4, 1861 July 11, 1861 Expelled Confederate States Senator (1862–1864)


Vacant during the Civil War and Reconstruction


Benjamin F. Rice Republican June 23, 1868 March 4, 1873
Stephen W. Dorsey Republican March 4, 1873 March 4, 1879 Retired
James D. Walker Democratic March 4, 1879 March 4, 1885 Retired Solicitor General of Arkansas
James K. Jones Democratic March 4, 1885 March 4, 1903 Lost re-election President of the Arkansas Senate (1877–1879)
James P. Clarke Democratic March 4, 1903 October 1, 1916 Died President pro tempore (1913–1916)

Governor of Arkansas (1895–1897)

Arkansas Attorney General (1893–1895)

President of the Arkansas Senate (1891)
William F. Kirby Democratic November 8, 1916 March 4, 1921 Lost renomination Arkansas Attorney General (1907–1909)

Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Courtmarker (1910–1916; 1926–1934)
Thaddeus H. Caraway Democratic March 4, 1921 November 6, 1931 Died U.S. Representative (1913–1921)

Hattie W. Caraway Democratic November 13, 1931 January 3, 1945 Lost renomination First woman elected to the Senate (1932)
J. William Fulbright Democratic January 3, 1945 December 31, 1974 Resigned U.S. Representative (1943–1945)
Dale Bumpers Democratic January 3, 1975 January 3, 1999 Retired Governor of Arkansas (1971–1975)

Arkansas Attorney General (1893–1895)

Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Courtmarker (1968)
Blanche Lincoln Democratic January 3, 1999 Present Incumbent U.S. Representative (1993–1997)


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