James Merrill Jeffords

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James Merrill "Jim" Jeffords
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U.S. Senate, Vermont
Former officeholder
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2007
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 1988
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Vermont
January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1989
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1956–1959
Service branchNaval Reserves
Years of service1959-1990
Date of birthMay 11, 1934
Place of birthRutland, Vermont


James Merrill "Jim" Jeffords (b. May 11, 1934), was an Independent member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Vermont. He was first elected as a Republican in 1988 and switched to independent on June 6, 2001. He served until January 3, 2007.[1]


Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Stafford
U.S. Senate - Vermont
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2007
Succeeded by
Bernie Sanders
Preceded by
Richard W. Mallary
U.S. House of Representatives- District At-Large
January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1989
Succeeded by
Peter P. Smith