U.S. Senate delegation from Kentucky

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

Current members

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

Name:Party:Position:Assumed Office:Term Ends:Next Election:Official Website:
Mitch McConnell
Mitch McConnell.jpg
Republican PartyU.S. Senate, Kentucky 1985January 3, 2015Link
Rand Paul
Rand Paul.jpg
Republican PartyU.S. Senate, Kentucky 2011January 3, 2017November 2016Link

Election history

For more information on the different classes of U.S. Senators, please see: Classes of United States Senators

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. 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, Mitch McConnell won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Bruce Lunsford (D) in the general election.[1]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell incumbent 53% 953,816
     Democratic Bruce Lunsford 47% 847,005
Total Votes 1,800,821

2002
On November 5, 2002, Mitch McConnell won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Lois Combs Weinberg (D) in the general election.[2]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 2002
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell incumbent 64.7% 731,679
     Democratic Lois Combs Weinberg 35.3% 399,634
Total Votes 1,131,313

1996
On November 5, 1996, Mitch McConnell won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Steven L. Beshear (D), Dennis L. Lacy (L), Patricia Jo Metten (Natural Law) and Mac McElroy (U.S. Taxpayers) in the general election.[3]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 1996
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell incumbent 55.5% 724,794
     Democratic Steven L. Beshear 42.8% 560,012
     Libertarian Dennis L. Lacy 0.7% 8,595
     Natural Law Patricia Jo Metten 0.6% 8,344
     U.S. Taxpayers Mac McElroy 0.4% 5,284
     N/A Write-in 0% 17
Total Votes 1,307,046

1990
On November 6, 1990, Mitch McConnell won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated G. Harvey Sloane (D) in the general election.[4]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 1990
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell incumbent 52.2% 478,034
     Democratic G. Harvey Sloane 47.8% 437,976
Total Votes 916,010

1984
On November 6, 1984, Mitch McConnell won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Walter (Dee) Huddleton (D) and Dave Welters (Socialist Workers) in the general election.[5]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 1984
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMitch McConnell 49.9% 644,990
     Democratic Walter (Dee) Huddleton 49.5% 639,721
     Socialist Workers Dave Welters 0.6% 7,696
Total Votes 1,292,407

Class III

Senators in Class III were elected to office in the November 2010 general election, unless they took their seat through appointment or special election. Class III terms run from the beginning of the 112th Congress on January 3, 2011, to the end of the 114th Congress on January 3, 2017.

2010

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRand Paul 55.7% 755,706
     Democratic Jack Conway 44.2% 600,052
     Independent Billy Ray Wilson 0% 338
Total Votes 1,356,096

2004
On November 2, 2004, Jim Bunning won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Daniel Mongiardo (D) in the general election.[6]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bunning incumbent 50.7% 873,507
     Democratic Daniel Mongiardo 49.3% 850,855
Total Votes 1,724,362

1998
On November 3, 1998, Jim Bunning won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Scott Baesler (D) and Charles R. Arbegus (Reform) in the general election.[7]

U.S. Senate, Kentucky General Election, 1998
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bunning incumbent 49.7% 569,817
     Democratic Scott Baesler 49.2% 563,051
     Reform Charles R. Arbegus 1.1% 12,546
Total Votes 1,145,414

Historical members

Historical Representation to the U.S. Senate by Party from Kentucky
Party Total
     Democratic 34
     Republican 30
     Whig 8
     American 2
     Jacksonian 2
     Anti-Admin 1
     Federalist 2
Total Senators 79
Class 2 Senators from Kentucky
Senator Years Served Party
John Brown Republican 1792-1805
Buckner Thruston Republican 1805-1809
Henry Clay Republican 1810-1811
George M. Bibb Republican 1811-1814
George Walker Republican 1814-1814
William T. Barry Republican 1814-1816
Martin D. Hardin Federalist 1816-1817
John J. Crittenden Republican 1817-1819
Richard M. Johnson Republican 1819-1829
George M.Bibb Jacksonian 1829-1835
John J. Crittenden Anti-Jacksonian, Whig 1835-1841
James T. Morehead Whig 1841-1847
Joseph R. Underwood Whig 1847-1853
John B. Thompson Whig, Opposition, American 1853-1859
Lazarus W. Powell Democratic 1859-1865
James Guthrie Democratic 1865-1868
Thomas C. McCreery Democratic 1868-1871
John W. Stevenson Democratic 1871-1877
James B. Beck Democratic 1877-1890
John G. Carlisle Democratic 1890-1893
William Lindsay Democratic 1893-1901
Joseph C.S. Blackburn Democratic 1901-1907
Thomas H. Paynter Democratic 1907-1913
Ollie M. James Democratic 1913-1918
George B. Martin Democratic 1918-1919
A. Owsley Stanley Democratic 1919-1925
Frederic M. Sackett Republican 1925-1930
John M. Robsion Republican 1930-1930
Ben M. Williamson Democratic 1930-1931
Marvel M. Logan Democratic 1931-1939
Albert B. Happy Chandler Democratic 1939-1945
William A. Stanfill Republican 1945-1946
John Sherman Cooper Republican 1946-1949
Virgil M. Chapman Democratic 1949-1951
Thomas R. Underwood Democratic 1951-1952
John Sherman Cooper Republican 1952-1955
Alben W. Barkley Democratic 1955-1956
Robert Humphreys Democratic 1956-1956
John Sherman Cooper Republican 1956-1973
Walter D. Huddleston Democratic 1973-1985
Mitch McConnell Republican 1985-Present
Class 3 Senators from Kentucky
Senator Years Served Party
John Edwards Anti-Admin 1792-1795
Humphrey Marshall Federalist 1795-1801
John Breckinridge Republican 1801-1805
John Adair Republican 1805-1806
Henry Clay Republican 1806-1807
John Pope Republican 1807-1813
Jesse Bledsoe Republican 1813-1814
Isham Talbot Republican 1815-1819
William Logan Republican 1819-1820
Isham Talbot Republican 1820-1825
John Rowan Jacksonian 1825-1831
Henry Clay Anti-Jacksonian, Whig 1831-1842
John J. Crittenden Whig 1842-1848
Thomas Metcalfe Whig 1848-1849
Henry Clay Whig 1849-1852
David Meriwether Democratic 1852-1852
Archibald Dixon Whig 1852-1855
John J. Crittenden Opposition, American 1855-1861
John C. Breckinridge Democratic 1861-1861
Garrett Davis Democratic 1861-1872
Willis B. Machen Democratic 1872-1873
Thomas C. McCreery Democratic 1873-1879
John Stuart Williams Democratic 1879-1885
Joseph C. S. Blackburn Democratic 1885-1897
William J. Deboe Republican 1897-1903
James B. McCreary Democratic 1903-1909
William O. Bradley Republican 1909-1914
Johnson N. Camden, Jr. Democratic 1914-1915
John C. W. Beckham Democratic 1915-1921
Richard P. Ernst Republican 1921-1927
Alben W. Barkley Democratic 1927-1949
Garrett L. Withers Democratic 1949-1950
Earle C. Clements Democratic 1950-1957
Thruston B. Morton Republican 1957-1968
Marlow W. Cook Republican 1968-1974
Wendell H. Ford Democratic 1974-1999
Jim Bunning Republican 1999-2011
Rand Paul Republican 2011-Present

See also

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