Current delegation

Hawaii was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959, and elects U.S. senators to Classes 1 and 3. Seven people including only one Republican have served as a U.S. senator from Hawaii. The state's current U.S. senators are Democrats Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono. Hawaii's Class 1 seat is the only one in the United States that has always been held by an ethnic minority.[citation needed] Its Class 3 seat is the only one in the United States that has always been held by a member of the Democratic Party.[citation needed] Hawaii last elected a Republican in 1970, which has resulted in the longest streak in the nation for a state's having all-Democratic senators.

List of senators

Class 1

Class 1 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2000, 2006, 2012, and 2018. The next election will be in 2024.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2004, 2010, 2014 (special election), and 2016. The next election will be in 2022.

# Senator Party Dates in office Electoral history T T Electoral history Dates in office Party Senator #
1
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Hiram Fong
Republican August 21, 1959 –
January 3, 1977
Elected in 1959. 1 86th 1 Elected in 1959.
Retired.
August 21, 1959 –
January 3, 1963
Democratic
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Oren E. Long
1
87th
88th 2 Elected in 1962. January 3, 1963 –
December 17, 2012
Democratic
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Daniel Inouye
2
Re-elected in 1964. 2 89th
90th
91st 3 Re-elected in 1968.
Re-elected in 1970.
Retired.
3 92nd
93rd
94th 4 Re-elected in 1974.
2
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Spark Matsunaga
Democratic January 3, 1977 –
April 15, 1990
Elected in 1976. 4 95th
96th
97th 5 Re-elected in 1980.
Re-elected in 1982. 5 98th
99th
100th 6 Re-elected in 1986.
Re-elected in 1988.
Died.
6 101st
Vacant April 15, 1990 –
May 16, 1990
 
3
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Daniel Akaka
Democratic May 16, 1990 –
January 3, 2013
Appointed to continue Matsunaga's term.
Elected to finish Matsunaga's term.
102nd
103rd 7 Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994. 7 104th
105th
106th 8 Re-elected in 1998.
Re-elected in 2000. 8 107th
108th
109th 9 Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.
Retired.
9 110th
111th
112th 10 Re-elected in 2010.
Died.
  December 17, 2012 –
December 26, 2012
Vacant
Appointed to continue Inouye's term.
Elected November 4, 2014 to finish Inouye's term.
December 26, 2012 –
Present
Democratic
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Brian Schatz
3
4
Mazie Hirono, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg

Mazie Hirono
Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
Elected in 2012. 10 113th
114th
115th 11 Re-elected in 2016.
Re-elected in 2018. 11 116th
117th
118th 12 To be determined in the 2022 election.
To be determined in the 2024 election. 12 119th
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T   T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 1 Class 3

Living former senators

As of September 2022, there are no living former U.S. senators from Hawaii. The last living former senator and the most recently serving was Daniel Akaka (served 1990–2013), who died April 6, 2018.

Superlatives

Longest service

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Daniel Inouye January 3, 1963 December 17, 2012 49 years, 349 days
(18,246 days)
Daniel Akaka May 16, 1990 January 3, 2013 22 years, 232 days
(8,268 days)
Hiram Fong August 21, 1959 January 3, 1977 17 years, 135 days
(6,345 days)
Spark Matsunaga January 3, 1977 April 15, 1990 13 years, 102 days
(4,850 days)
Brian Schatz December 26, 2012 Present 9 years, 250 days
(3,537 days)

Shortest service

Excluding incumbents

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Oren E. Long August 21, 1959 January 3, 1963 3 years, 135 days
(1,231 days)
Spark Matsunaga January 3, 1977 April 15, 1990 13 years, 102 days
(4,850 days)
Hiram Fong August 21, 1959 January 3, 1977 17 years, 135 days
(6,345 days)
Daniel Akaka May 16, 1990 January 3, 2013 22 years, 232 days
(8,268 days)
Daniel Inouye January 3, 1963 December 17, 2012 49 years, 349 days
(18,246 days)

Youngest at beginning of service

Senator Date of birth First served Age
Daniel Inouye September 7, 1924 January 3, 1963 38 years, 3 months and 27 days
Brian Schatz October 20, 1972 December 26, 2012 40 years, 2 months and 6 days
Hiram Fong October 15, 1906 August 21, 1959 52 years, 10 months and 6 days
Spark Matsunaga October 8, 1916 January 3, 1977 60 years, 2 months and 26 days
Mazie Hirono November 3, 1947 January 3, 2013 65 years and 2 months

Oldest at end of service

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
Daniel Akaka September 11, 1924 January 3, 2013 88 years, 3 months and 23 days
Daniel Inouye September 7, 1924 December 17, 2012 88 years, 3 months and 10 days
Mazie Hirono November 3, 1947 Present 74 years, 9 months and 30 days
Oren E. Long March 4, 1889 January 3, 1963 73 years, 9 months and 30 days
Spark Matsunaga October 8, 1916 April 15, 1990 73 years, 6 months and 7 days

See also