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This is a chronological listing of the United States Senators from Connecticut.

United States Senators are popularly elected, for a six year term, beginning January 3. Elections are held the first Tuesday after November 1st. Before 1914, they were chosen by the Connecticut General Assembly, and before 1935, their terms began March 4.

Class I Senators

Class 1 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for one session of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1994, 2000, 2006, and 2012.

# Senator Took office Left office Party Residence Background Congress Term
1 Oliver Ellsworth March 4, 1789 March 8, 1796 Pro-Administration Hartfordmarker Delegate to the Constitutional Convention 1 1
2 2
3
4
2 James Hillhouse December 6, 1796 June 10, 1810 Federalist New Havenmarker U.S. Representative At-large
5 3
6
7
8 4
9
10
11 5
3 TruBill Compton December 4, 1810 March 4, 1821 Federalist Middletownmarker U.S. Representative At-large
12
13
14 6
15
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4 Elijah Boardman March 4, 1821 August 18, 1823 Democratic-Republican Litchfieldmarker Connecticut Senate 17 7
18
5 Henry Edwards October 8, 1823 March 4, 1827 Jacksonian New Havenmarker U.S. Representative At-large
19
6 Samuel Augustus Foot March 4, 1827 March 4, 1833 National Republican Cheshiremarker U.S. Representative At-large 20 8
21
22
7 Nathan Smith March 4, 1833 December 6, 1835 National Republican New Havenmarker U.S. District Attorney for Connecticut 23 9
24
8 John Milton Niles December 21, 1835 March 4, 1839 Jacksonian Hartfordmarker Postmaster of Hartfordmarker
25
9 Thaddeus Betts March 4, 1839 April 7, 1840 Whig Norwalkmarker Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut 26 10
10 Jabez W. Huntington May 4, 1840 November 1, 1847 Whig Norwichmarker Judge of the Connecticut Supreme Courtmarker
27
28
29 11
30
11 Roger Sherman Baldwin November 11, 1847 March 4, 1851 Whig New Havenmarker Governor of Connecticut
31
12 Isaac Toucey May 12, 1851 March 4, 1857 Democrat Hartfordmarker U.S. Attorney General 32 12
33
34
13 James Dixon March 4, 1857 March 4, 1869 Republican Hartfordmarker U.S. Representative 35 13
36
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38 14
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40
14 William Alfred Buckingham March 4, 1869 February 5, 1875 Republican Norwichmarker Governor of Connecticut 41 15
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43
15 William W. Eaton February 5, 1875 March 4, 1881 Democrat Hartfordmarker Chief Judge of the Hartford City Courtmarker
44 16
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46
16 Joseph Roswell Hawley March 4, 1881 March 4, 1905 Republican Hartfordmarker U.S. Representative 47 17
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49
50 18
51
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53 19
54
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56 20
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58
17 Morgan G. Bulkeley March 4, 1905 March 4, 1911 Republican Hartfordmarker Governor of Connecticut 59 21
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61
18 George P. McLean March 4, 1911 March 4, 1929 Republican Simsburymarker Governor of Connecticut 62 22
63
64
65 23
66
67
68 24
69
70
19 Frederic C. Walcott March 4, 1929 January 3, 1935 Republican Norfolkmarker President pro tempore of the Connecticut Senate 71 25
72
73
20 Francis T. Maloney January 3, 1935 January 16, 1945 Democrat Meridenmarker U.S. Representative 74 26
75
76
77 27
78
79
21 Thomas C. Hart February 15, 1945 November 5, 1946 Republican Sharonmarker U.S. Navy Admiral
22 Raymond E. Baldwin December 27, 1946 December 16, 1949 Republican Stratfordmarker Governor of Connecticut
80 28
81
23 William Benton December 17, 1949 January 3, 1953 Democrat Southportmarker Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
82
24 William A. Purtell January 3, 1953 January 3, 1959 Republican West Hartfordmarker U.S. Senator 83 29
84
85
25 Thomas J. Dodd January 3, 1959 January 3, 1971 Democrat West Hartfordmarker U.S. Representative 86 30
87
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89 31
90
91
26 Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. January 3, 1971 January 3, 1989 Republican Greenwichmarker U.S. Representative 92 32
93
94
95 33
96
97
98 34
99
100
27 Joseph Lieberman January 3, 1989 Incumbent Democrat/
Independent Democrat
New Havenmarker Attorney General of Connecticut 101 35
102
103
104 36
105
106
107 37
108
109
110 38
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Class III Senators

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were elected for three sessions of the U.S. Congress in the first election of 1788 and whose seats in recent years are contested in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2016.

# Senator Took office Left office Party Residence Background Congress Term
1 William Samuel Johnson March 4, 1789 March 4, 1791 Pro-Administration Stratfordmarker Delegate to the Constitutional Convention 1 1
2
2 Roger Sherman June 13, 1791 July 23, 1793 Pro-Administration New Havenmarker U.S. Representative At-large
3
3 Stephen Mix Mitchell December 2, 1793 March 4, 1795 Pro-Administration Wethersfieldmarker Delegate to the Constitutional Convention
4 Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. March 4, 1795 June 10, 1796 Federalist Lebanonmarker Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives 4 2
5 Uriah Tracy October 13, 1796 July 19, 1807 Federalist Litchfieldmarker U.S. Representative At-large
5
6
7 3
8
9
10 4
6 Chauncey Goodrich October 25, 1807 May 13, 1813 Federalist Hartfordmarker U.S. Representative At-large
11
12
13 5
7 David Daggett May 13, 1813 March 4, 1819 Federalist New Havenmarker Connecticut Senate
14
15
8 James Lanman March 4, 1819 March 4, 1825 Democratic-Republican Norwichmarker Connecticut Senate 16 6
17
18
Vacant March 4, 1825 May 4, 1825 19 7
9 Calvin Willey May 4, 1825 March 4, 1831 National Republican Tollandmarker Connecticut Senate
20
21
10 Gideon Tomlinson March 4, 1831 March 4, 1837 National Republican Fairfieldmarker Governor of Connecticut 22 8
23
24
11 Perry Smith March 4, 1837 March 4, 1843 Democrat New Milfordmarker Connecticut House of Representatives 25 9
26
27
12 John Milton Niles March 4, 1843 March 4, 1849 Democrat Hartfordmarker U.S. Postmaster General 28 10
29
30
13 Truman Smith March 4, 1849 May 24, 1854 Whig Litchfieldmarker U.S. Representative 31 11
32
33
14 Francis Gillette May 24, 1854 March 4, 1855 Free Soil Hartfordmarker Connecticut House of Representatives
15 Lafayette S. Foster March 4, 1855 March 4, 1867 Republican Norwichmarker Mayor of Norwichmarker 34 12
35
36
37 13
38
39
16 Orris S. Ferry March 4, 1867 November 21, 1875 Republican Norwalkmarker U.S. Representative 40 14
41
42
43 15
44
17 James E. English November 27, 1875 May 17, 1876 Democrat New Havenmarker Governor of Connecticut
18 William Henry Barnum May 18, 1876 March 4, 1879 Democrat Lime Rockmarker U.S. Representative
45
19 Orville H. Platt March 4, 1879 April 21, 1905 Republican Meridenmarker Connecticut Attorney for New Haven Countymarker 46 16
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48
49 17
50
51
52 18
53
54
55 19
56
57
58 20
20 Frank B. Brandegee May 10, 1905 October 14, 1924 Republican New Londonmarker U.S. Representative 59
60
61 21
62
63
64 22
65
66
67 23
68
21 Hiram Bingham III December 15, 1924 March 4, 1933 Republican New Havenmarker Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut
69
70 24
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72
22 Augustine Lonergan March 4, 1933 January 3, 1939 Democrat Hartfordmarker U.S. Representative 73 25
74
75
23 John A. Danaher January 3, 1939 January 3, 1945 Republican Hartfordmarker Secretary of the State of Connecticut 76 26
77
78
24 Brien McMahon January 3, 1945 July 28, 1952 Democrat Norwalkmarker U.S. Assistant Attorney General 79 27
80
81
82 28
25 William A. Purtell August 29, 1952 November 4, 1952 Republican West Hartfordmarker Businessman
26 Prescott Bush November 4, 1952 January 3, 1963 Republican Greenwichmarker Banker
83
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85 29
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27 Abraham A. Ribicoff January 3, 1963 January 3, 1981 Democrat Hartfordmarker U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare 88 30
89
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91 31
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94 32
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28 Christopher J. Dodd January 3, 1981 Incumbent Democratic East Haddammarker U.S. Representative 97 33
98
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100 34
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103 35
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105
106 36
107
108
109 37
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