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List of United States Senators from Washington

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Washington was admitted to the Union on November 11, 1889, and elects its United States Senators
United States Senate
The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

 to Class 1 and Class 3. Its current senators are Patty Murray
Patty Murray
Patricia Lynn "Patty" Murray is the senior United States Senator from Washington and a member of the Democratic Party. Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1992, becoming Washington's first female senator...

 and Maria Cantwell
Maria Cantwell
Maria E. Cantwell is the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington and a member of the Democratic Party....

.

Class 1

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 John B. Allen
John B. Allen
John Beard Allen was an American politician from the state of Washington. He was a Republican.-Biography:Allen was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He served as a private in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He earned a law degree from the University of Michigan and passed the bar in...

Republican November 20, 1889 –
March 4, 1893
1 Elected in 1889

Legislature failed to re-elect
Vacant March 4, 1893 –
February 19, 1895
2 The legislature failed to elected a senator for the term beginning March 4, 1893. The governor appointed John Allen to serve until March 20, 1893, but the Senate rejected his credentials.
2 John L. Wilson
John L. Wilson
John Lockwood Wilson was an American lawyer and politician from the U.S. states of Indiana and Washington. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate...

Republican February 19, 1895 –
March 4, 1899
2

Lost re-election
3 Addison G. Foster
Addison G. Foster
Addison Gardner Foster was a United States Senator from Washington.He attended the common schools and moved to Wabasha County, Minnesota where he engaged in the grain and real estate business. He was auditor and surveyor of Wabasha County; he then moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1873 where he...

Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1905
3 Elected in 1898

Retired
4 Samuel H. Piles
Samuel H. Piles
Samuel Henry Piles was a United States Senator from Washington. Born near Smithland, Kentucky, he attended private schools there, and studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Snohomish, Territory of Washington in 1883. He moved to Spokane in 1886 and later in the same year...

Republican March 4, 1905 –
March 4, 1911
4 Elected in 1904

Retired
5 Miles Poindexter
Miles Poindexter
Miles Poindexter was an American politician. As a Republican and later a Progressive, he served as a United States Representative and United States Senator.-Early life:Poindexter was born in Memphis, Tennessee...

Republican March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1923
5 Elected in 1910
6 Re-elected in 1916

Lost re-election
6 Clarence C. Dill Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1935
7 Elected in 1922
8 Re-elected in 1928

Retired
7 Lewis B. Schwellenbach
Lewis B. Schwellenbach
Lewis Baxter Schwellenbach , was an American lawyer, politician, and judge. He was born in Superior, Wisconsin.-Early life:When Schwellenbach was eight years old, his family moved to Spokane, Washington...

Democratic January 3, 1935 –
December 16, 1940
9 Elected in 1934

Resigned
Vacant December 16, 1940 –
December 19, 1940
9
8 Monrad C. Wallgren Democratic December 19, 1940 –
January 9, 1945
9
10

Resigned
9 Hugh B. Mitchell Democratic January 10, 1945 –
December 25, 1946
10 Appointed to finish Wallgren's term

Lost election to next term and resigned early
10 Harry P. Cain
Harry P. Cain
Harry Pulliam Cain was a United States Senator from Washington who served as a Republican from 1946 to 1953. Today, Cain is mainly remembered for his very conservative and often highly controversial views as a member of the Senate, and as a friend and supporter of Senator Joseph McCarthy, but...

Republican December 26, 1946 –
January 3, 1953
10
11 Elected in 1946

Lost re-election
11 Henry M. Jackson
Henry M. Jackson
Henry Martin "Scoop" Jackson was a U.S. Congressman and Senator from the state of Washington from 1941 until his death...

Democratic January 3, 1953 –
September 1, 1983
12 Elected in 1952
13 Re-elected in 1958
14 Re-elected in 1964
15 Re-elected in 1970
16 Re-elected in 1976
17 Re-elected in 1982

Died
Vacant September 1, 1983 –
September 8, 1983
17
12 Daniel J. Evans
Daniel J. Evans
Daniel Jackson Evans served three terms as the 16th Governor of the state of Washington from 1965 to 1977, and represented the state in the United States Senate from 1983 to 1989....

Republican September 8, 1983 –
January 3, 1989
17

Retired
13 Slade Gorton
Slade Gorton
Thomas Slade Gorton III is an American politician. A Republican, he was a U.S. senator from Washington state from 1981 to 1987, and from 1989 to 2001. He held both of the state's Senate seats in his career and was narrowly defeated for reelection twice as an incumbent: in 1986 by Brock Adams, and...

Republican January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
18 Elected in 1988
19 Re-elected in 1994

Lost re-election
14 Maria Cantwell
Maria Cantwell
Maria E. Cantwell is the junior United States Senator from the state of Washington and a member of the Democratic Party....

Democratic January 3, 2001 –
Present
20 Elected in 2000
21 Re-elected in 2006

Class 3

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 Watson C. Squire
Watson C. Squire
Watson Carvosso Squire was a United States Senator from Washington.-Biography:Born in Cape Vincent, New York, he attended the public schools, Falley Seminary and Fairfield Seminary . He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1859 and was principal of the Moravia Institute...

Republican November 20, 1889 –
March 4, 1897
1 Elected in 1889
2 Re-elected in 1891

Lost re-election
2 George Turner
George Turner (U.S. politician)
George Turner was a United States Senator from Washington.Born in Edina, Missouri, he attended the common schools and served as a military telegraph operator with the Union Army from 1861 to 1865. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1869, commencing practice in Mobile, Alabama...

Democratic March 4, 1897 –
March 4, 1903
3 Elected in 1897

Retired
3 Levi Ankeny
Levi Ankeny
Levi Ankeny was a Republican United States Senator from the state of Washington.He was born in Buchanan County, Missouri near St. Joseph, but crossed the plains to Oregon in 1850 with his parents and settled in Portland...

Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1909
4 Elected in 1902

Lost renomination
4 Wesley L. Jones Republican March 4, 1909 –
November 19, 1932
5 Elected in 1908
6 Re-elected in 1914
7 Re-elected in 1920
8 Re-elected in 1926

Died, having already lost re-election
Vacant November 19, 1932 –
November 22, 1932
8
5 Elijah S. Grammer
Elijah S. Grammer
Elijah Sherman Grammer was a Republican Senator from Washington from 1932-1933.Grammer was a businessman and logger by profession.-External links: Congressional biography...

Republican November 22, 1932 –
March 4, 1933
8 Appointed to finish Jones's term

Retired
6 Homer T. Bone Democratic March 4, 1933 –
November 13, 1944
9 Elected in 1932
10 Re-elected in 1938

Resigned
Vacant November 13, 1944 –
December 14, 1944
10
7 Warren G. Magnuson
Warren G. Magnuson
Warren Grant "Maggie" Magnuson was a United States Senator of the Democratic Party from Washington from 1944 until 1981. Upon leaving the Senate, he was the most senior member of the body...

Democratic December 14, 1944 –
January 3, 1981
10 Appointed to finish Bone's term, having already been elected to the next term
11 (Re-?)elected in 1944
12 Re-elected in 1950
13 Re-elected in 1956
14 Re-elected in 1962
15 Re-elected in 1968
16 Re-elected in 1974

Lost re-election
8 Slade Gorton
Slade Gorton
Thomas Slade Gorton III is an American politician. A Republican, he was a U.S. senator from Washington state from 1981 to 1987, and from 1989 to 2001. He held both of the state's Senate seats in his career and was narrowly defeated for reelection twice as an incumbent: in 1986 by Brock Adams, and...

Republican January 3, 1981 –
January 3, 1987
17 Elected in 1980

Lost re-election
9 Brock Adams
Brock Adams
Brockman "Brock" Adams was an American politician and member of Congress. Adams was a Democrat from Washington and served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, and United States Secretary of Transportation before retiring in January 1993.Adams was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the public...

Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
18 Elected in 1986

10 Patty Murray
Patty Murray
Patricia Lynn "Patty" Murray is the senior United States Senator from Washington and a member of the Democratic Party. Murray was first elected to the Senate in 1992, becoming Washington's first female senator...

Democratic January 3, 1993 –
Present
19 Elected in 1992
20 Re-elected in 1998
21 Re-elected in 2004
22 Re-elected in 2010

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