List of United States senators from Louisiana

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Current delegation

Louisiana was admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812, and elects senators to class 2 and class 3. Its current senators are Republicans Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy. Russell Long was the state's longest serving senator, served 1948–1987.

List of senators[edit]

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2002, 2008, 2014, and 2020. The next election will be in 2026.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2004, 2010, 2016, and 2022. The next election will be in 2028.

# Senator Party Dates in office Electoral history T T Electoral history Dates in office Party Senator #
Vacant Apr 30, 1812 –
Sep 3, 1812
Louisiana did not elect its senators until four months after statehood. 1 12th 1 Louisiana did not elect its senators until four months after statehood. Apr 30, 1812 –
Sep 3, 1812
Vacant
1
Jean Noël Destréhan
Democratic-
Republican
Sep 3, 1812 –
Oct 1, 1812
Resigned Elected in 1812. Sep 3, 1812 –
Mar 3, 1813
Democratic-
Republican
Allan B. Magruder 1
Vacant Oct 1, 1812 –
Oct 8, 1812
 
2
Thomas Posey
Democratic-
Republican
Oct 8, 1812 –
Feb 4, 1813
Appointed to continue Destréhan's term.
Lost election to finish Destréhan's term.
3
James Brown
Democratic-
Republican
Feb 5, 1813 –
Mar 3, 1817
Elected to finish Destréhan's term.
Lost election to full term.
13th 2 Elected in 1813
Retired.
Mar 4, 1813 –
Mar 3, 1819
Democratic-
Republican
Eligius Fromentin 2
14th
4
William C. C. Claiborne
Democratic-
Republican
Mar 4, 1817 –
Nov 23, 1817
Elected in 1817.
Died.
2 15th
Vacant Nov 23, 1817 –
Jan 12, 1818
 
5
Henry Johnson
Democratic-
Republican
Jan 12, 1818 –
May 27, 1824
Elected to finish Claiborne's term.
16th 3 Elected in 1819.
Resigned to become U.S. Minister to France.
Mar 4, 1819 –
Dec 10, 1823
Democratic-
Republican

James Brown
3
17th
Elected to full term in 1823.
Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana.
3 18th
  Dec 10, 1823 –
Jan 15, 1824
Vacant
Elected to finish Brown's term. Jan 15, 1824 –
May 19, 1833
Democratic-
Republican

Josiah S. Johnston
4
Vacant May 27, 1824 –
Nov 19, 1824
 
6
Dominique Bouligny
Democratic-
Republican
Nov 19, 1824 –
Mar 3, 1829
Elected to finish Johnson's term.
National
Republican
19th 4 Elected to full term in 1825. National
Republican
20th
7
Edward Livingston
Jacksonian Mar 4, 1829 –
May 24, 1831
Elected in 1829.[1]
Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of State.
4 21st
22nd 5 Re-elected in 1831.
Died.
Vacant May 24, 1831 –
Nov 15, 1831
 
8
George A. Waggaman
National
Republican
Nov 15, 1831 –
Mar 3, 1835
Elected to finish Livingston's term.
23rd
  May 19, 1833 –
Dec 19, 1833
Vacant
Elected to finish Johnston's term.
Resigned due to ill health.
Dec 19, 1833 –
Jan 5, 1837
National
Republican

Alexander Porter
5
Vacant Mar 4, 1835 –
Jan 13, 1836
Charles Gayarré (J) was elected in 1835, but resigned due to ill health. 5 24th
9
Robert C. Nicholas
Jacksonian Jan 13, 1836 –
Mar 3, 1841
Elected to finish Gauarré's term.
[data missing]
  Jan 5, 1837 –
Jan 12, 1837
Vacant
Elected to finish Porter's term. Jan 12, 1837 –
Mar 1, 1842
Jacksonian
Alexandre Mouton
6
Democratic 25th 6 Re-elected in 1837.
Resigned.
Democratic
26th
10
Alexander Barrow
Whig Mar 4, 1841 –
Dec 29, 1846
Elected in 1840.
Died.
6 27th
  Mar 1, 1842 –
Apr 14, 1842
Vacant
Appointed to finish Mouton's term.
Lost election to full term.
Apr 14, 1842 –
Mar 3, 1843
Whig
Charles Conrad
7
28th 7 Elected in 1843, but due to ill health did not take his seat.
Died.
Mar 4, 1843 –
Jan 13, 1844
Whig
Alexander Porter
8
  Jan 13, 1844 –
Feb 12, 1844
Vacant
Elected to finish Porter's term
Lost election to full term in 1849.
Feb 12, 1844 –
Mar 3, 1849
Whig
Henry Johnson
9
29th
Vacant Dec 29, 1846 –
Jan 21, 1847
 
11
Pierre Soulé
Democratic Jan 21, 1847 –
Mar 3, 1847
Elected to finish Barrow's term.
[data missing]
12
Solomon W. Downs
Democratic Mar 4, 1847 –
Mar 3, 1853
Elected in 1847.
Lost re-election.
7 30th
31st 8 Elected in 1848.
Resigned to become U.S. Minister to Spain.
Mar 3, 1849 –
Apr 11, 1853
Democratic
Pierre Soulé
10
32nd
13
Judah P. Benjamin
Whig Mar 4, 1853 –
Feb 4, 1861
Elected in 1852. 8 33rd
  Apr 11, 1853 –
Dec 5, 1853
Vacant
Elected to finish Soulé's term. Dec 5, 1853 –
Feb 4, 1861
Democratic
John Slidell
11
34th 9 Re-election year unknown.
Resigned.
Democratic 35th
Re-elected in 1859.
Withdrew.
9 36th
Vacant Feb 4, 1861 –
Jul 8, 1868
Civil War and Reconstruction Civil War and Reconstruction Feb 4, 1861 –
Jul 9, 1868
Vacant
37th 10
38th
10 39th
40th 11
14
John S. Harris
Republican Jul 8, 1868 –
Mar 3, 1871
Elected to finish incomplete term in 1868.
[data missing].
Elected to finish incomplete term.
Resigned to become Governor of Louisiana.
Jul 9, 1868 –
Nov 1, 1872
Republican
William Pitt Kellogg
12
41st
15
J. R. West
Republican Mar 4, 1871 –
Mar 3, 1877
Election year unknown.
Retired.
11 42nd
Senate declined to seat rival claimants William L. McMillen and P. B. S. Pinchback[2] Nov 1, 1872 –
Jan 12, 1876
Vacant
43rd 12
44th
Elected to finish incomplete term in 1876.
Lost re-election.
Jan 12, 1876 –
Mar 3, 1879
Democratic
James B. Eustis
13
16
William Pitt Kellogg
Republican Mar 4, 1877 –
Mar 3, 1883
Elected in 1876.
Retired to run for U.S. House.
12 45th
46th 13 Elected in 1879.
Lost re-election.
Mar 4, 1879 –
Mar 3, 1885
Democratic
Benjamin F. Jonas
14
47th
17
Randall L. Gibson
Democratic Mar 4, 1883 –
Dec 15, 1892
Elected in 1882. 13 48th
49th 14 Election year unknown.
Retired.
Mar 4, 1885 –
Mar 3, 1891
Democratic
James B. Eustis
15
50th
Re-elected in 1889.
Died.
14 51st
52nd 15 Elected in 1891.
Resigned to become U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Mar 4, 1891 –
Mar 12, 1894
Democratic
Edward Douglass White
16
Vacant Dec 15, 1892 –
Dec 31, 1892
 
18
Donelson Caffery
Democratic Dec 31, 1892 –
Mar 3, 1901
Appointed to continue Gibson's term.
Elected in 1894 to finish Gibson's term.[3]
53rd
Appointed to continue White's term.
Elected in 1894 to finish White's term.[4]
Retired.
Mar 12, 1894 –
Mar 3, 1897
Democratic
Newton C. Blanchard
17
Elected in 1894 to the next term, before election to finish Gibson's term.
Retired.
15 54th
55th 16 Elected in 1896.[5] Mar 4, 1897 –
Jun 28, 1910
Democratic
Samuel D. McEnery
18
56th
19
Murphy J. Foster
Democratic Mar 4, 1901 –
Mar 3, 1913
Elected in 1900.[6] 16 57th
58th 17 Re-elected early in 1900.[6]
59th
Re-elected early in 1904.[7]
Lost renomination.
17 60th
61st 18 Re-elected in 1908.[8]
Died.
  Jun 28, 1910 –
Dec 7, 1910
Vacant
Elected to finish McEnery's term.[4]
Retired.
Dec 7, 1910 –
Mar 3, 1915
Democratic
John Thornton
19
62nd
20
Joseph E. Ransdell
Democratic Mar 4, 1913 –
Mar 3, 1931
Elected in 1912. 18 63rd
64th 19 Elected early in 1912.
Died.
Mar 4, 1915 –
Apr 12, 1918
Democratic
Robert F. Broussard
20
65th
  Apr 12, 1918 –
Apr 22, 1918
Vacant
Appointed to continue Broussard's term.
Retired when elected successor qualified.
Apr 22, 1918 –
Nov 5, 1918
Democratic
Walter Guion
21
Elected to finish Broussard's term.
Retired.
Nov 6, 1918 –
Mar 3, 1921
Democratic
Edward J. Gay
22
Re-elected in 1918. 19 66th
67th 20 Elected in 1920. Mar 4, 1921 –
Mar 3, 1933
Democratic
Edwin S. Broussard
23
68th
Re-elected in 1924.
Lost renomination.
20 69th
70th 21 Re-elected in 1926.
Lost renomination.
71st
Vacant Mar 4, 1931 –
Jan 25, 1932
  21 72nd
21
Huey Long
Democratic Jan 25, 1932 –
Sep 10, 1935
Elected in 1930, but continued to serve as Louisiana governor until Jan 25, 1932.
Assassinated.
73rd 22 Elected in 1932. Mar 4, 1933 –
May 14, 1948
Democratic
John Overton
24
74th
Vacant Sep 10, 1935 –
Jan 31, 1936
 
22
Rose M. Long
Democratic Jan 31, 1936 –
Jan 3, 1937
Appointed to continue her husband's term.
Elected in 1936 to finish her husband's term.[3]
Retired.
23
Allen Ellender
Democratic Jan 3, 1937 –
July 27, 1972
Elected in 1936. 22 75th
76th 23 Re-elected in 1938.
77th
Re-elected in 1942. 23 78th
79th 24 Re-elected in 1944.
Died.
80th
  May 14, 1948 –
May 18, 1948
Vacant
Appointed to continue Overton's term.
Retired when elected successor qualified.
May 18, 1948 –
Dec 30, 1948
Democratic
William C. Feazel
25
Elected to finish Overton's term. Dec 31, 1948 –
Jan 3, 1987
Democratic
Russell Long
26
Re-elected in 1948. 24 81st
82nd 25 Re-elected in 1950.
83rd
Re-elected in 1954. 25 84th
85th 26 Re-elected in 1956.
86th
Re-elected in 1960. 26 87th
88th 27 Re-elected in 1962.
89th
Re-elected in 1966.
Died.
27 90th
91st 28 Re-elected in 1968.
92nd
Vacant Jul 27, 1972 –
Aug 1, 1972
 
24
Elaine Edwards
Democratic Aug 1, 1972 –
Nov 13, 1972
Appointed by her husband to continue Ellender's term.
Retired when successor qualified and resigned early.
25
J. Bennett Johnston
Democratic Nov 14, 1972 –
Jan 3, 1997
Appointed to finish Ellender's term, having already been elected to the next term.
Elected in 1972. 28 93rd
94th 29 Re-elected in 1974.
95th
Re-elected in 1978. 29 96th
97th 30 Re-elected in 1980.
Retired.
98th
Re-elected in 1984. 30 99th
100th 31 Elected in 1986. Jan 3, 1987 –
Jan 3, 2005
Democratic
John Breaux
27
101st
Re-elected in 1990.
Retired.
31 102nd
103rd 32 Re-elected in 1992.
104th
26
Mary Landrieu
Democratic Jan 3, 1997 –
Jan 3, 2015
Elected in 1996. 32 105th
106th 33 Re-elected in 1998.
Retired.
107th
Re-elected in 2002 in runoff election. 33 108th
109th 34 Elected in 2004. Jan 3, 2005 –
Jan 3, 2017
Republican
David Vitter
28
110th
Re-elected in 2008.
Lost re-election.
34 111th
112th 35 Re-elected in 2010.
Retired.[9]
113th
27
Bill Cassidy
Republican Jan 3, 2015 –
present
Elected in 2014 in runoff election. 35 114th
115th 36 Elected in 2016 in runoff election. Jan 3, 2017 –
present
Republican
John Kennedy
29
116th
Re-elected in 2020. 36 117th
118th 37 Re-elected in 2022.
119th
To be determined in the 2026 election. 37 120th
121st 38 To be determined in the 2028 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T C T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 2 Class 3

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hon. Edward Livingston, at present a member of Congress from the State of Louisiana, was on the 12th ult. appointed by the Legislature of that State, a Senator in Congress, vice Mr. Bouligny, whose term of service expires on the 3d of Mar next". Raleigh Register. Raleigh, NC. February 6, 1829. p. 3.
  2. ^ Taft, et al., p. 483–512.
  3. ^ a b Byrd, p. 114.
  4. ^ a b Byrd, p. 115.
  5. ^ "M'ENERY ELECTED SENATOR". The New York Times. May 29, 1896. p. 5.
  6. ^ a b "Louisiana Senators Elected". The New York Times. May 23, 1900. p. 2.
  7. ^ Official Journal of the Proceedings of House of Representatives of the State of Louisiana at the Regular Session of the General Assembly. 1904. p. 76.
  8. ^ "Senator McEnery Succeeds Himself". The New York Times. May 20, 1900. p. 2.
  9. ^ Robillard, Kevin (November 21, 2015). "Edwards beats Vitter in Louisiana governor's race". Politico. Retrieved November 21, 2015.

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