Current delegation
Senator Klobuchar
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D)
Senator Smith
Senator Tina Smith (D)

Minnesota was admitted to the Union on May 11, 1858. As of January 3, 2018, the state has had 44 people serve in the United States Senate. Its current U.S. senators are Democrats Amy Klobuchar (since 2007) and Tina Smith (since 2018). The appointment of Smith marked the first time the state had two female U.S. senators at any one time. Knute Nelson is Minnesota's longest-serving senator (1895–1923).

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 2

Class 2 U.S. senators belong to the electoral cycle that has recently been contested in 2008, 2014, 2018 (special), and 2020. The next election will be in 2026.

# Senator Party Dates in office Electoral history T T Electoral history Dates in office Party Senator #
1
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Henry Mower Rice
Democratic May 11, 1858 –
Mar 3, 1863
Elected in 1858.
Retired.
1 35th 1 Elected in 1858.
Lost re-election.
May 11, 1858 –
Mar 3, 1859
Democratic
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James Shields
1
36th 2 Elected in 1858 or 1859.
Lost re-election.
Mar 4, 1859 –
Mar 3, 1865
Republican
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Morton S. Wilkinson
2
37th
2
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Alexander Ramsey
Republican Mar 4, 1863 –
Mar 3, 1875
Elected in 1863. 2 38th
39th 3 Elected in 1865.
Died.
Mar 4, 1865 –
Jul 13, 1870
Republican
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Daniel S. Norton
3
40th
Re-elected in 1869.
[data unknown/missing].
3 41st
  Jul 13, 1870 –
Jul 15, 1870
Vacant
Appointed to continue Norton's term.
Successor qualified.
Jul 15, 1870 –
Jan 22, 1871
Republican
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William Windom
4
Elected in 1871 to finish Norton's term.
Retired.
Jan 23, 1871 –
Mar 3, 1871
Republican
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Ozora P. Stearns
5
42nd 4 Elected in 1871. Mar 4, 1871 –
Mar 7, 1881
Republican
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William Windom
6
43rd
3
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Samuel J. R. McMillan
Republican Mar 4, 1875 –
Mar 3, 1887
Elected in 1875. 4 44th
45th 5 Re-elected in 1877.
Resigned to become U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
46th
Re-elected in 1881.
Retired.
5 47th
  Mar 7, 1881 –
Mar 12, 1881
Vacant
Appointed to continue Windom's term.
Successor qualified.
Mar 12, 1881 –
Oct 30, 1881
Republican
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Alonzo J. Edgerton
7
  Oct 30, 1881 –
Nov 15, 1881
Vacant
Elected in 1881 to finish his own term.
Lost election to full term.
Nov 15, 1881 –
Mar 3, 1883
Republican
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William Windom
8
48th 6 Elected in 1883.
Lost renomination.
Mar 4, 1883 –
Mar 3, 1889
Republican
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Dwight M. Sabin
9
49th
4
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Cushman Davis
Republican Mar 4, 1887 –
Nov 27, 1900
Elected in 1886. 6 50th
51st 7 Elected in 1888.
Lost re-election.
Mar 4, 1889 –
Mar 3, 1895
Republican
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William D. Washburn
10
52nd
Re-elected in 1892. 7 53rd
54th 8 Elected in 1895. Mar 4, 1895 –
Apr 28, 1923
Republican
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Knute Nelson
11
55th
Re-elected in 1899.[1]
Died.
8 56th
Vacant Nov 27, 1900 –
Dec 5, 1900
 
5
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Charles A. Towne
Democratic Dec 5, 1900 –
Jan 23, 1901
Appointed to continue Davis's term.
Successor qualified.
6
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Moses E. Clapp
Republican Jan 23, 1901 –
Mar 3, 1917
Elected in 1901 to finish Davis's term
57th 9 Re-elected in 1901.
58th
Re-elected in 1905.[2] 9 59th
60th 10 Re-elected in 1907.
61st
Re-elected in 1911.
Lost renomination.
10 62nd
63rd 11 Re-elected in 1913.
64th
7
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Frank B. Kellogg
Republican Mar 4, 1917 –
Mar 3, 1923
Elected in 1916.
Lost re-election.
11 65th
66th 12 Re-elected in 1918.
Died.
67th
8
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Henrik Shipstead
Farmer–
Labor
Mar 4, 1923 –
Jan 3, 1947
Elected in 1922. 12 68th
  Apr 28, 1923 –
Jul 16, 1923
Vacant
Elected in 1923 to finish Nelson's term.
Lost election to full term.
Jul 16, 1923 –
Mar 3, 1925
Farmer–
Labor
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Magnus Johnson
12
69th 13 Elected in 1924. Mar 4, 1925 –
Dec 22, 1935
Republican
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Thomas D. Schall
13
70th
Re-elected in 1928. 13 71st
72nd 14 Re-elected in 1930.
Died.
73rd
Re-elected in 1934. 14 74th
  Dec 22, 1935 –
Dec 27, 1935
Vacant
Appointed to continue Schall's term.
Retired when successor elected.
Dec 27, 1935 –
Nov 3, 1936
Farmer–
Labor
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Elmer A. Benson
14
Elected in 1936 to finish Schall's term.
Retired.
Nov 4, 1936 –
Jan 3, 1937
Republican
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Guy V. Howard
15
75th 15 Elected in 1936.
Died.
Jan 3, 1937 –
Aug 31, 1940
Farmer–
Labor
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Ernest Lundeen
16
76th
  Aug 31, 1940 –
Oct 14, 1940
Vacant
Appointed to continue Lundeen's term.
Retired when successor elected, but elected to next full term.
Oct 14, 1940 –
Nov 17, 1942
Republican
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Joseph H. Ball
17
Republican Re-elected in 1940.
Lost renomination.
15 77th
  Nov 17, 1942 –
Nov 18, 1942
Vacant
Elected in 1942 to finish Lundeen's term.
Retired.
Nov 18, 1942 –
Jan 3, 1943
Republican
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Arthur E. Nelson
18
78th 16 Elected in 1942.
Lost re-election.
Jan 3, 1943 –
Jan 3, 1949
Republican
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Joseph H. Ball
19
79th
9
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Edward John Thye
Republican Jan 3, 1947 –
Jan 3, 1959
Elected in 1946. 16 80th
81st 17 Elected in 1948. Jan 3, 1949 –
Dec 29, 1964
DFL
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Hubert Humphrey
20
82nd
Re-elected in 1952.
Lost re-election.
17 83rd
84th 18 Re-elected in 1954.
85th
10
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Eugene McCarthy
DFL Jan 3, 1959 –
Jan 3, 1971
Elected in 1958. 18 86th
87th 19 Re-elected in 1960.
Resigned to become U.S. Vice President.
88th
Appointed to finish Humphrey's term. Dec 30, 1964 –
Dec 30, 1976
DFL
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Walter Mondale
21
Re-elected in 1964.
Retired.
19 89th
90th 20 Elected to full term in 1966.
91st
11
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Hubert Humphrey
DFL Jan 3, 1971 –
Jan 13, 1978
Elected in 1970. 20 92nd
93rd 21 Re-elected in 1972.
Resigned to become U.S. Vice President.
94th
Appointed to finish Mondale's term.
Lost election to full term.
Resigned early to give successor preferential seniority.
Dec 30, 1976 –
Dec 29, 1978
DFL
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Wendell R. Anderson
22
Re-elected in 1976.
Died.
21 95th
Vacant Jan 13, 1978 –
Jan 25, 1978
 
12
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Muriel Humphrey
DFL Jan 25, 1978 –
Nov 7, 1978
Appointed to continue her husband's term.
Successor qualified.
13
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David Durenberger
Independent-
Republican
Nov 7, 1978 –
Jan 3, 1995
Elected in 1978 to finish Hubert Humphrey's term.
Appointed early to finish Mondale's term, having already been elected to the next term. Dec 30, 1978 –
Jan 3, 1991
Independent-
Republican
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Rudy Boschwitz
23
96th 22 Elected in 1978.
97th
Re-elected in 1982. 22 98th
99th 23 Re-elected in 1984.
Lost re-election.
100th
Re-elected in 1988.
Retired.
23 101st
102nd 24 Elected in 1990. Jan 3, 1991 –
Oct 25, 2002
DFL
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Paul Wellstone
24
103rd
14
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Rod Grams
Independent-
Republican
Jan 3, 1995 –
Jan 3, 2001
Elected in 1994.
Lost re-election.
24 104th
105th 25 Re-elected in 1996.
Ran for re-election, but died.
106th
15
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Mark Dayton
DFL Jan 3, 2001 –
Jan 3, 2007
Elected in 2000.
Retired.
25 107th
  Oct 25, 2002 –
Nov 4, 2002
Vacant
Appointed to finish Wellstone's term.
Retired when successor was elected to the next full term.
Nov 4, 2002 –
Jan 3, 2003
Independence
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Dean Barkley
25
108th 26 Elected in 2002.
Term expired before election dispute.
Lost re-election.
Jan 3, 2003 –
Jan 3, 2009
Republican
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Norm Coleman
26
109th
16
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Amy Klobuchar
DFL Jan 3, 2007 –
Present
Elected in 2006. 26 110th
111th 27 Election disputed. Jan 3, 2009 –
Jul 7, 2009
Vacant
Elected in 2008. Jul 7, 2009 –
Jan 2, 2018
DFL
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Al Franken
27
112th
Re-elected in 2012. 27 113th
114th 28 Re-elected in 2014.
Resigned.
115th
Appointed to continue Franken's term.
Elected in 2018 to finish Franken's term.
Jan 3, 2018 –
Present
DFL
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Tina Smith
28
Re-elected in 2018. 28 116th
117th 29 Re-elected in 2020.
118th
To be determined in the 2024 election. 29 119th
120th 30 To be determined in the 2026 election.
# Senator Party Years in office Electoral history T   T Electoral history Years in office Party Senator #
Class 1 Class 2

Living former senators

As of November 2022, there are six living former U.S. senators from Minnesota. The most recent senator to die was Walter Mondale (served 1964–1976) on April 19, 2021. The most recently serving senator to die was Paul Wellstone (served 1991–2002), who died in office on October 25, 2002.

Senator Term of office Date of birth (and age)
David Durenberger November 7, 1978 – January 3, 1995 (1934-08-19) August 19, 1934 (age 88)
Rudy Boschwitz December 30, 1978 – January 3, 1991 (1930-11-07) November 7, 1930 (age 92)
Mark Dayton January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2007 (1947-01-26) January 26, 1947 (age 75)
Dean Barkley November 4, 2002 – January 3, 2003 (1950-08-31) August 31, 1950 (age 72)
Norm Coleman January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2009 (1949-08-17) August 17, 1949 (age 73)
Al Franken July 7, 2009 – January 2, 2018 (1951-05-21) May 21, 1951 (age 71)

Superlatives

Longest service

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Knute Nelson March 4, 1895 April 28, 1923 28 years, 55 days
(10,281 days)
Henrik Shipstead March 4, 1923 January 3, 1947 23 years, 305 days
(8,706 days)
Hubert Humphrey January 3, 1949 December 29, 1964 Combined total: 23 years, 5 days
(8,400 days)
January 3, 1971 January 13, 1978
David Durenberger November 8, 1978 January 3, 1995 16 years, 56 days
(5,900 days)
Moses E. Clapp January 28, 1901 March 3, 1917 16 years, 34 days
(5,878 days)

Shortest service

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Ozora P. Stearns January 23, 1871 March 3, 1871 1 month, 1 week and 1 day
(39 days)
Arthur E. Nelson November 18, 1942 January 3, 1943 1 month, 2 weeks and 2 days
(46 days)
Charles A. Towne December 5, 1900 January 28, 1901 1 month, 3 weeks and 2 days
(54 days)
Guy V. Howard November 4, 1936 January 3, 1937 1 month, 4 weeks and 2 days
(60 days)
Dean Barkley November 4, 2002 January 3, 2003 1 month, 4 weeks and 2 days
(60 days)

Youngest at beginning of service

Senator Date of birth First served Age
Joseph H. Ball November 3, 1905 October 14, 1940 34 years, 11 months and 11 days
Daniel Sheldon Norton April 12, 1829 March 4, 1865 35 years, 10 months and 20 days
Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 December 30, 1964 36 years, 11 months and 25 days
Hubert Humphrey May 27, 1911 January 3, 1949 37 years, 7 months and 7 days
Dwight M. Sabin April 25, 1843 March 4, 1883 39 years, 10 months and 7 days

Oldest at end of service

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
Knute Nelson February 2, 1843 April 28, 1923 80 years, 2 months and 26 days
Muriel Humphrey Brown February 20, 1912 November 7, 1978 66 years, 8 months and 18 days
Hubert Humphrey May 27, 1911 January 13, 1978 66 years, 7 months and 17 days
Al Franken May 21, 1951 January 2, 2018 66 years, 7 months and 12 days
Frank B. Kellogg December 22, 1856 March 3, 1923 66 years, 2 months and 9 days

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "SENATORS FORMALLY ELECTED". The Chicago Daily Tribune. January 19, 1899. p. 2.
  2. ^ The World Almanac and Encyclopedia 1906. New York: The Press Publishing Co. New York World. 1905.