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This is a list of United States Senators from Kentuckymarker. Its senators belong to Classes II and III. Kentucky is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Mitch McConnell and Jim Bunning.

Class II

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
John Brown Democratic-
Republican
June 18, 1792 March 4, 1805 President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate (1803; 1804)
Buckner Thruston Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1805 December 18, 1809 Resigned U.S. Circuit Court for D.C. (1810–1845)
Henry Clay Democratic-
Republican
January 10, 1810 March 4, 1811 Retired Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)

U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)

Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
George M. Bibb Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1811 August 23, 1814 Resigned Secretary of the Treasury (1844–1845)

Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1809–1810; 1827–1828)
George Walker Democratic-
Republican
August 30, 1814 December 16, 1814 Successor qualified
William T. Barry Democratic-
Republican
December 16, 1814 May 1, 1816 Resigned United States Postmaster General (1829–1835)

Minister to Spain (1835)

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1820–1824)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1814)

Chief Judge of the New Court (1826–1826

Kentucky Secretary of State (1824–1825)
Martin D. Hardin Federalist November 3, 1816 March 4, 1817 Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1819–1820)

Kentucky Secretary of State (1812–1816)
John J. Crittenden Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1817 March 3, 1819 Resigned U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)

Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)

Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Richard M. Johnson Democratic-
Republican
December 10, 1819 March 4, 1829 Lost re-election Vice President of the United States (1837–1841)
George M. Bibb Democratic March 4, 1829 March 4, 1835 Secretary of the Treasury (1844–1845)

Chief Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1809–1810; 1827–1828)
John J. Crittenden National
Republican
March 4, 1835 March 4, 1841 Retired U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)

Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)

Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Whig
James T. Morehead Whig March 4, 1841 March 4, 1847 Governor of Kentucky (1834–1836)

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1832–1834)
Joseph R. Underwood Whig March 4, 1847 March 4, 1853 Retired Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1846)
John B. Thompson Know Nothing March 4, 1853 March 4, 1859 Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1852–1853)
Lazarus W. Powell Democratic March 4, 1859 March 4, 1865 Governor of Kentucky (1851–1855)
James Guthrie Democratic March 4, 1865 February 7, 1868 Resigned Secretary of the Treasury (1853–1857)
Thomas C. McCreery Democratic February 19, 1868 March 4, 1871 Lost re-election Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
John W. Stevenson Democratic March 4, 1871 March 4, 1877 Retired Governor of Kentucky(1867)

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1867–1871)
James B. Beck Democratic March 4, 1877 May 3, 1890 Died
John G. Carlisle Democratic May 26, 1890 February 4, 1893 Resigned Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1883–1889)

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1893–1897)

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1871–1875)
William Lindsay Democratic February 15, 1893 March 4, 1901 Retired Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1876–1878)

World's Columbian Expositionmarker Commissioner (1893)

U.S.
Commissioner to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1901–1904)
Joseph C. S. Blackburn Democratic March 4, 1901 March 4, 1907 Lost re-election Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (1907–1909)

Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Thomas H. Paynter Democratic March 4, 1907 March 4, 1913 Retired
Ollie M. James Democratic March 4, 1913 August 28, 1918 Died
George B. Martin Democratic September 7, 1918 March 4, 1919 Retired
A. Owsley Stanley Democratic May 19, 1919 March 4, 1925 Lost re-election Governor of Kentucky (1915–1919)
Fred M. Sackett Republican March 4, 1925 January 9, 1930 Resigned Ambassador to Germany (1930–1933)
John M. Robsion Republican January 11, 1930 November 30, 1930 Lost special election
Ben M. Williamson Democratic December 1, 1930 March 4, 1931 Retired
Marvel M. Logan Democratic March 4, 1931 October 3, 1939 Died Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1931)

Kentucky Attorney General (1915–1917)
Happy Chandler Democratic October 10, 1939 November 1, 1945 Governor of Kentucky (1935–1939; 1955–1959)

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1931–1935)

Commissioner of Baseball (1945–1951)
William A. Stanfill Republican November 19, 1945 November 5, 1946 Retired
John Sherman Cooper Republican November 6, 1946 January 3, 1949 Lost re-election Ambassador to India and Nepalmarker (1955–1956)

Member of the Warren Commission (1964)

Delegate to the United Nations (1949)
Virgil M. Chapman Democratic January 3, 1949 March 8, 1951 Died
Thomas R. Underwood Democratic March 19, 1951 November 4, 1952 Lost special election
John Sherman Cooper Republican November 5, 1952 January 3, 1955 Lost re-election Ambassador to India and Nepalmarker (1955–1956)

Member of the Warren Commission (1964)

Delegate to the United Nations (1949)
Alben W. Barkley Democratic January 3, 1955 April 30, 1956 Died Vice President of the United States (1949–1953)

Democratic Leader (1937–1949)

Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
Robert Humphreys Democratic June 21, 1956 November 6, 1956 Retired President pro tempore of the Kentucky Senate (1934)
John Sherman Cooper Republican November 7, 1956 January 3, 1973 Retired Ambassador to India and Nepalmarker (1955–1956)

Member of the Warren Commission (1964)

Delegate to the United Nations (1949)
Walter Huddleston Democratic January 3, 1973 January 3, 1985 Lost re-election Majority Floor Leader of the Kentucky Senate (1970–1972)
Mitch McConnell Republican January 3, 1985 Present Incumbent Republican Leader (2007—)

Republican Whip (2003–2007)


Class III

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
John Edwards Democratic-
Republican
June 18, 1792 March 4, 1795
Humphrey Marshall Federalist March 4, 1795 March 4, 1801
John Breckinridge Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1801 August 7, 1805 Resigned U.S. Attorney General (1805-1806)
Kentucky Attorney General (1795-1797)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1799-1800)

John Adair Democratic-
Republican
November 8, 1805 November 18, 1806 Resigned Governor of Kentucky (1820-1824)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1802-1803)
Henry Clay Democratic-
Republican
November 19, 1806 March 4, 1807 Served this term despite being younger than 30

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)

U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)

Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
John Pope Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1807 March 4, 1813 President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate (1811)
Territorial Governor of Arkansas (1829-1835)
Jesse Bledsoe Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1813 December 24, 1814 Resigned Kentucky Secretary of State (1808-1812)
Isham Talbot Democratic-
Republican
February 2, 1815 March 4, 1819
William Logan Democratic-
Republican
March 4, 1819 May 28, 1820 Resigned Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1804-1806)
Isham Talbot Democratic-
Republican
October 19, 1820 March 4, 1825
National
Republican
John Rowan Democratic March 4, 1825 March 4, 1831 Kentucky Secretary of State (1804-1806)
Henry Clay National
Republican
November 10, 1831 March 31, 1842 Resigned Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)

U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)

Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Whig
John J. Crittenden Whig March 31, 1842 June 12, 1848 U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)

Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)

Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Thomas Metcalfe Whig June 23, 1848 March 4, 1849 Governor of Kentucky (1828–1832)
Henry Clay Whig March 4, 1849 June 24, 1852 Died Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (1811–1814; 1815–1820; 1823–1825)

U.S. Secretary of State (1825–1829)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1809)

Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
David Meriwether Democratic July 6, 1852 August 31, 1852 Retired Governor of New Mexico Territory (1853–1855)
Kentucky Secretary of State (1851)
Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1859)

Archibald Dixon Whig September 1, 1852 March 4, 1855 Retired Lt. Governor of Kentucky (1843)
John J. Crittenden Whig March 4, 1855 March 4, 1861 Retired U.S. Attorney General (1841; 1850–1853)

Governor of Kentucky (1848–1850)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1817)

Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Know Nothing
John C. Breckinridge Democratic March 4, 1861 December 41861 Expelled Vice President of the United States (1857–1861)

Confederate States Secretary of War (1865)
Garrett Davis Unionist December 10, 1861 September 22, 1872 Died
Willis B. Machen Democratic September 27, 1872 March 4, 1873 Confederate House of Representatives (1862–1865)
Thomas C. McCreery Democratic March 4, 1873 March 4, 1879 Retired Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
John Stuart Williams Democratic March 4, 1879 March 4, 1885 Lost re-election
Joseph C. S. Blackburn Democratic March 4, 1885 March 4, 1897 Lost re-election Governor of the Panama Canal Zone (1907–1909)

Also served in Kentucky's Class III seat
William J. Deboe Republican March 4, 1897 March 4, 1903 Retired
James B. McCreary Democratic March 4, 1903 March 4, 1909 Lost re-election Governor of Kentucky (1875–1879; 1912–1916)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1871–1875)

Delegate to the International Monetary Conference (1892)
William O. Bradley Republican March 4, 1909 May 23, 1914 Died Governor of Kentucky (1895–1899)
Johnson N. Camden Democratic June 16, 1914 March 4, 1915 Retired
John C. W. Beckham Democratic March 4, 1915 March 4, 1921 Lost re-election Governor of Kentucky (1900–1907)

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1899–1900)

Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives (1898)
Richard P. Ernst Republican March 4, 1921 March 4, 1927 Lost re-election
Alben W. Barkley Democratic March 4, 1927 January 19, 1949 Resigned Vice President of the United States (1949–1953)

Democratic Leader (1937–1949)

Also served in Kentucky's Class II seat
Garrett L. Withers Democratic January 20, 1949 November 26, 1950 Retired
Earle C. Clements Democratic November 27, 1950 January 3, 1957 Lost re-election Democratic Whip (1953–1957)

Governor of Kentucky (1847–1850)

Majority Leader of the Kentucky Senate (1944)
Thruston B. Morton Republican January 3, 1957 December 16, 1968 Resigned Assistant Secretary of State (1953–1956)

Republican National Committee Chairman (1951–1961)
Marlow Cook Republican December 17, 1968 December 27, 1974 Resigned
Wendell H. Ford Democratic December 28, 1974 January 3, 1999 Retired Democratic Whip (1991–1999)

Governor of Kentucky (1971–1974)

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky (1967–1971)
Jim Bunning Republican January 3, 1999 Present Incumbent Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Famemarker (1996)


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