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U.S. Senate delegation from Tennessee

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This page displays current and historical information pertaining to the U.S. Senate delegation from Tennessee.

Current members

The current members of the U.S. Senate from Tennessee are:


Name:Party:Position:Assumed Office:Term Ends:Next Election:Official Website:Predecessor:
Bob Corker
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Republican PartyU.S. Senate, Tennessee 2007January 3, 2019November 2018LinkWilliam H. Frist (R)
Lamar Alexander
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Republican PartyU.S. Senate, Tennessee 2003January 3, 2015 November 4, 2014LinkFred Thompson (R)

Election history


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Class I

Senators in Class I were elected to office in the November 2012 general election, unless they took their seat through appointment or special election.[1] Class I terms run from the beginning of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2013, to the end of the 115th Congress on January 3, 2019.[1]

2012
Corker won the election.[2] Corker was seeking re-election in 2012. He defeated Brenda Lenard, Mark Twain Clemens, Fred Anderson, and Zach Poskevich in the August 2, 2012, Republican primary. He faced Mark Clayton (D), Shaun Crowell (L), David Gatchell (I), James Higdon (I), Michel Long (I), and Troy Scoggin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012..[3][4]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Corker Incumbent 64.9% 1,506,443
     Democratic Mark E. Clayton 30.4% 705,882
     Constitution Kermit Steck 0.8% 18,620
     Green Martin Pleasant 1.7% 38,472
     Libertarian Shaun E. Crowell 0.9% 20,936
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 6,523
     Independent Michael Joseph Long 0.3% 8,085
     Independent Troy Stephen Scoggin 0.3% 8,080
Total Votes 2,320,189
Source: Tennessee Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2006
On November 7, 2006, Corker won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Harold E. Ford, Jr., Ed Choate, David Gatchell, Emory “Bo” Heyward, Gary Keplinger, Christopher Joseph Lugo, James Anthony Gray, Gloria D. Reagon Price, and Mary Taylor Shelby in the general election.[5]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Corker 50.7% 929,911
     Democratic Harold E. Ford, Jr. 48% 879,976
     Independent Ed Choate 0.6% 10,831
     Independent David Gatchell 0.2% 3,746
     Independent Emory “Bo” Heyward 0.2% 3,580
     Independent Gary Keplinger 0.2% 3,033
     Independent Christopher Joseph Lugo 0.1% 2,589
     Independent James Anthony Gray 0% 14
     Independent Gloria D. Reagon Price 0% 13
     Independent Mary Taylor Shelby 0% 1
     Independent 0% 1
Total Votes 1,833,695

2000
On November 7, 2000, Frist was elected to the United States Senate. He defeated Jeff Clark in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2000
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Frist 65.1% 1,255,444
     Democratic Jeff Clark 32.2% 621,152
     Independent Charles Johnson 0.5% 10,004
     Independent Robert Watson 0.4% 8,416
     Independent David Jarrod Ownby 0.2% 4,388
     Independent Joel Kinstle 0.2% 3,135
     Green Tom Burrell 1.3% 25,815
     N/A Write-In 0% 259
Total Votes 1,928,613

Class II

Senators in Class II were elected to office in the November 2008 general election, unless they took their seat through appointment or special election.[7] Class II terms run from the beginning of the 111th Congress on January 3, 2009, to the end of the 113th Congress on January 3, 2015.


2008
On November 4, 2008, Alexander won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Robert D. Tuke, Edward L. Buck, Christopher G. Fenner, Daniel Towers Lewis, Chris Lugo, Ed Lawhorn, and David Gatchell in the general election.[8]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander Incumbent 65.1% 1,579,477
     Democratic Robert D. Tuke 31.6% 767,236
     Independent Edward L. Buck 1.3% 31,631
     Independent Christopher G. Fenner 0.5% 11,073
     Independent Daniel Towers Lewis 0.4% 9,367
     Independent Chris Lugo 0.4% 9,170
     Independent Ed Lawhorn 0.4% 8,986
     Independent David Gatchell 0.3% 7,645
Total Votes 2,424,585

2002
On November 5, 2002, Lamar Alexander won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Bob Clement (D), John Jay Hooker (I), Wesley Baker (I), Connie Gammon (I), Karl Stanley Davidson (I), Basil Marceaux (I), H. Gary Keplinger (I) and Write-In in the general election.[9]

U.S. Senate, Tennessee General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLamar Alexander 54.3% 891,498
     Democratic Bob Clement 44.3% 728,232
     Independent John Jay Hooker 0.4% 6,401
     Independent Wesley Baker 0.4% 6,106
     Independent Connie Gammon 0.3% 5,349
     Independent Karl Stanley Davidson 0.1% 2,217
     Independent Basil Marceaux 0.1% 1,170
     Independent H. Gary Keplinger 0.1% 1,103
     N/A Write-In 0% 356
Total Votes 1,642,432


Historical members

Historical Representation to the US Senate by Party from Tennessee
Party Total
     Democratic 37
     Republican 24
     Whig 5
Total Senators 66
Class 1 Senators from Tennessee
Senator Years Served Party
William Cocke 1796-1797 Republican
Andrew Jackson 1797-1798 Republican
Daniel Smith 1798-1799 Republican
Joseph Anderson 1799-1815 Republican
George W. Campbell 1815-1818 Republican
John H. Eaton 1818-1829 Republican
Felix Grundy 1829-1838 Democratic
Ephraim H. Foster 1838-1839 Whig
Felix Grundy 1839-1840 Democratic
Alfred O. P. Nicholson 1840-1842 Democratic
Ephraim H. Foster 1843-1845 Whig
Hopkins L. Turney 1845-1851 Democratic
James C. Jones 1851-1857 Whig
Andrew Johnson 1857-1862 Democratic
David T. Patterson 1866-1869 Democratic
William G. Brownlow 1869-1875 Republican
Andrew Johnson 1875-1875 Democratic
David M. Key 1875-1877 Democratic
James E. Bailey 1877-1881 Democratic
Howell E. Jackson 1881-1886 Democratic
Washington C. Whitthorne 1886-1887 Democratic
William B. Bate 1887-1905 Democratic
James B. Frazier 1905-1911 Democratic
Luke Lea 1911-1917 Democratic
Kenneth D. McKellar 1917-1953 Democratic
Albert A. Gore, Sr. 1953-1971 Democratic
William E. Brock III 1971-1977 Republican
James R. Sasser 1977-1995 Democratic
William H. Frist 1995-2007 Republican
Bob Corker 2007-Present Republican


Class 2 Senators from Tennessee
Senator Years Served Party
William Blount 1796-1797 Republican
Joseph Anderson 1797-1799 Republican
William Cocke 1799-1805 Republican
Daniel Smith 1805-1809 Republican
Jenkin Whiteside 1809-1811 Republican
George W. Campbell 1811-1814 Republican
Jesse Wharton 1814-1815 Republican
John Williams 1815-1823 Republican
Andrew Jackson 1823-1825 Republican
Hugh Lawson White 1825-1840 Whig
Alexander O. Anderson 1840-1841 Democratic
Spencer Jarnagin 1843-1847 Whig
John Bell 1847-1859 Whig
Alfred O. P. Nicholson 1859-1861 Democratic
Joseph S. Fowler 1866-1871 Republican
Henry Cooper 1871-1877 Democratic
Isham G. Harris 1877-1897 Democratic
Thomas B. Turley 1897-1901 Democratic
Edward W. Carmack 1901-1907 Democratic
Robert L. Taylor 1907-1912 Democratic
Newell Sanders 1912-1913 Republican
William R. Webb 1913-1913 Democratic
John K. Shields 1913-1925 Democratic
Lawrence D. Tyson 1925-1929 Democratic
William E. Brock 1929-1931 Democratic
Cordell Hull 1931-1933 Democratic
Nathan L. Bachman 1933-1937 Democratic
George L. Berry 1937-1938 Democratic
A. Thomas Stewart 1939-1949 Democratic
C. Estes Kefauver 1949-1963 Democratic
Herbert S. Walters 1963-1964 Democratic
Ross Bass 1964-1967 Democratic
Howard H. Baker, Jr. 1967-1985 Republican
Albert A. Gore, Jr. 1985-1993 Democratic
Harlan Mathews 1993-1994 Democratic
Fred Thompson 1994-2003 Republican
Lamar Alexander 2003-Present Republican

See also

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