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This is a list of United States Senators from West Virginiamarker. Its senators belong to Classes I and II. West Virginia is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Robert C. Byrd and Jay Rockefeller.

Class I

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
Peter G. Van Winkle Republican August 4, 1863 March 4, 1869
Arthur I. Boreman Republican March 4, 1869 March 4, 1875 Governor of West Virginia (1863-1869)
Allen T. Caperton Democratic March 4, 1875 July 26, 1876 Died
Samuel Price Democratic August 26, 1876 January 26, 1877 Lost election
Frank Hereford Democratic January 31, 1877 March 4, 1881
Johnson N. Camden Democratic March 4, 1881 March 4, 1887 Also served in West Virginia's Class II seat
Charles J. Faulkner Democratic March 4, 1887 March 4, 1899 Retired
Nathan B. Scott Republican March 4, 1899 March 4, 1911 Lost renomination
William E. Chilton Democratic March 4, 1911 March 4, 1917 West Virginia Secretary of State (1893–1897)
Howard Sutherland Republican March 4, 1917 March 4, 1923 Lost re-election
Matthew M. Neely Democratic March 4, 1923 March 4, 1929 Lost re-election Governor of West Virginia (1941–1945)

Also served in West Virginia's Class II seat
Henry D. Hatfield Republican March 4, 1929 January 3, 1935 Lost re-election Governor of West Virginia (1913–1917)

President of the West Virginia Senate
Rush D. Holt, Sr. Democratic January 3, 1935 January 3, 1941 Lost renomination
Harley M. Kilgore Democratic January 3, 1941 February 28, 1956 Died
William R. Laird, III Democratic March 13, 1956 November 6, 1956 Retired
W. Chapman Revercomb Republican November 7, 1956 January 3, 1959 Lost re-election
Robert Byrd Democratic January 3, 1959 Incumbent President pro tempore of the Senate

(1989–1995; 2001–2003; 2007–)

Senate Democratic Leader (1977–1988)

Senate Democratic Whip (1971–1977)


Class II

Senator Party Took office Left office Reason Other offices/Notes
Waitman T. Willey Republican August 4, 1863 March 4, 1871 U.S. Senator from Virginia (1861–1863)
Henry G. Davis Democratic March 4, 1871 March 4, 1883 Retired
John E. Kenna Democratic March 4, 1883 January 11, 1893 Died
Johnson N. Camden Democratic March 4, 1893 March 4, 1895 Also served in West Virginia's Class I seat
Stephen B. Elkins Republican March 4, 1895 January 4, 1911 Died United States Secretary of War (1891–1893)
Davis Elkins Republican January 9, 1911 January 31, 1911 Lost re-election
Clarence W. Watson Democratic February 1, 1911 March 4, 1913
Nathan Goff Republican April 1, 1913 March 4, 1919 United States Secretary of the Navy (1881)
Davis Elkins Republican March 4, 1919 March 4, 1925 Retired
Guy D. Goff Republican March 4, 1925 March 4, 1931 Retired
Matthew M. Neely Democratic March 4, 1931 January 12, 1941 Resigned Governor of West Virginia (1941–1945)
Joseph Rosier Democratic January 13, 1941 November 17, 1942 Lost election
Hugh I. Shott Republican November 18, 1942 January 3, 1943 Retired
W. Chapman Revercomb Republican January 3, 1943 January 3, 1949 Lost re-election
Matthew M. Neely Democratic January 3, 1949 January 8, 1958 Died Governor of West Virginia (1941–1945)

Also served in West Virginia's Class I seat
John D. Hoblitzell, Jr. Republican January 25, 1958 November 4, 1958 Lost election
Jennings Randolph Democratic November 5, 1958 January 3, 1985 Retired
Jay Rockefeller Democratic January 15, 1985 Incumbent Governor of West Virginia (1977–1985)


See also

United States congressional delegations from West Virginia


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