Current delegation

Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 and has been represented in the United States Senate by 28 people. Its current U.S. senators are Democrats Catherine Cortez Masto (Class 3, serving since 2017) and Jacky Rosen (Class 1, serving since 2019). Nevada has been represented by 14 Republicans and 14 Democrats. Harry Reid was Nevada's longest-serving senator (1987–2017).

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 1998, 2004, 2010, 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

William Stewart
Republican February 1, 1865 –
March 3, 1875
Elected in 1865. 1 38th 1 Elected in 1865. February 1, 1865 –
March 3, 1873
Republican

James W. Nye
1
39th
40th 2 Re-elected in 1867.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1869.

Retired.
2 41st
42nd
43rd 3 Elected in 1873. March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1903
Republican

John P. Jones
2
2

William Sharon
Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1881
Elected in 1875.[1]

Retired or lost renomination.[2]
3 44th
45th
46th 4 Re-elected in 1879.
3

James Graham Fair
Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 3, 1887
Elected in 1881.[2]

Lost re-election.
3 47th
48th
49th 5 Re-elected in 1885.
4

William Stewart
Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1905
Elected in 1887. 4 50th
51st
52nd 6 Re-elected in 1891.
Silver Re-elected in 1893. 5 53rd
54th Silver
55th 7 Re-elected in 1897.

Retired.
Re-elected in 1899.

Retired.
6 56th
Republican 57th Republican
58th 8 Elected January 27, 1903. March 4, 1903 –
December 24, 1917
Democratic

Francis G. Newlands
3
5

George S. Nixon
Republican March 4, 1905 –
June 5, 1912
Elected in 1905. 7 59th
60th
61st 9 Re-elected January 26, 1909.
Re-elected in 1911.

Died.
8 62nd
Vacant June 5, 1912 –
July 1, 1912
 
6

William A. Massey
Republican July 1, 1912 –
January 29, 1913
Appointed to continue Nixon's term.

Lost election to finish Nixon's term.
7

Key Pittman
Democratic January 29, 1913 –
November 10, 1940
Elected in 1913 to finish Nixon's term.
63rd
64th 10 Re-elected in 1914.

Died.
Elected in 1916 to full term. 9 65th
  December 24, 1917 –
January 12, 1918
Vacant
Appointed to continue Newlands's term.

Elected November 6, 1918 to finish Newlands's term.[3]

Lost election to full term.
January 12, 1918 –
March 3, 1921
Democratic

Charles Henderson
4
66th
67th 11 Elected in 1920. March 4, 1921 –
March 3, 1933
Republican

Tasker Oddie
5
Re-elected in 1922. 10 68th
69th
70th 12 Re-elected in 1926.

Lost re-election.
Re-elected in 1928. 11 71st
72nd
73rd 13 Elected in 1932. March 4, 1933 –
September 28, 1954
Democratic

Pat McCarran
6
Re-elected in 1934.

Died, having been elected to the next term.
12 74th
75th
76th 14 Re-elected in 1938.
Vacant November 10, 1940 –
November 27, 1940
 
8

Berkeley L. Bunker
Democratic November 27, 1940 –
December 6, 1942
Appointed to finish Pittman's previous term.
Appointed to start Pittman's next term.

Lost nomination to finish Pittman's next term.
13 77th
9

James G. Scrugham
Democratic December 7, 1942 –
June 23, 1945
Elected in 1942 to finish Pittman's term.

Died.
78th
79th 15 Re-elected in 1944.
Vacant June 23, 1945 –
July 24, 1945
 
10

Edward P. Carville
Democratic July 24, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Appointed to finish Scrugham's term.

Lost nomination to full term.
11

George W. Malone
Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1959
Elected in 1946. 15 80th
81st
82nd 16 Re-elected in 1950.

Died.
Re-elected in 1952.

Lost re-election.
16 83rd
  September 28, 1954 –
October 1, 1954
Vacant
Appointed to continue McCarran's term.

Lost election to finish McCarran's term.
October 1, 1954 –
December 1, 1954
Republican

Ernest S. Brown
7
Elected in 1954 to finish McCarran's term. December 2, 1954 –
December 17, 1974
Democratic

Alan Bible
8
84th
85th 17 Elected in 1956 to full term.
12

Howard Cannon
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1983
Elected in 1958. 17 86th
87th
88th 18 Re-elected in 1962.
Re-elected in 1964. 18 89th
90th
91st 19 Re-elected in 1968.

Retired, then resigned early
to give successor preferential seniority.
Re-elected in 1970. 19 92nd
93rd
Appointed early to finish Bible's term, having already been elected to the next term. December 18, 1974 –
January 3, 1987
Republican

Paul Laxalt
9
94th 20 Elected in 1974.
Re-elected in 1976.

Lost re-election.
20 95th
96th
97th 21 Re-elected in 1980.

Retired.
13

Chic Hecht
Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1989
Elected in 1982.

Lost re-election.
21 98th
99th
100th 22 Elected in 1986. January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 2017
Democratic

Harry Reid
10
14

Richard Bryan
Democratic January 3, 1989 –
January 3, 2001
Elected in 1988. 22 101st
102nd
103rd 23 Re-elected in 1992.
Re-elected in 1994.

Retired.
23 104th
105th
106th 24 Re-elected in 1998.
15

John Ensign
Republican January 3, 2001 –
May 3, 2011
Elected in 2000. 24 107th
108th
109th 25 Re-elected in 2004.
Re-elected in 2006.

Resigned.
25 110th
111th
112th 26 Re-elected in 2010.

Retired.[4]
Vacant May 3, 2011 –
May 9, 2011
 
16

Dean Heller
Republican May 9, 2011 –
January 3, 2019
Appointed to finish Ensign's term.
Elected in 2012 to a full term.

Lost re-election.
26 113th
114th
115th 27 Elected in 2016. January 3, 2017 –
Present
Democratic

Catherine Cortez Masto
11
17

Jacky Rosen
Democratic January 3, 2019 –
Present
Elected in 2018.[5] 27 116th
117th
118th 28 To be determined in the 2022 election.
To be determined in the 2024 election. 28 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 April 2022, there are three living former U.S. senators from Nevada. The most recent and most recently serving senator to die was Harry Reid (served 1987–2017) on December 28, 2021.

Senator Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Richard Bryan January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2001 (1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 84)
John Ensign January 3, 2001 – May 3, 2011 (1958-03-25) March 25, 1958 (age 64)
Dean Heller May 9, 2011 – January 3, 2019 (1960-05-10) May 10, 1960 (age 61)

Superlatives (top 5)

Longest service

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Harry Reid January 3, 1987 January 3, 2017 30 years
(10,959 days)
John P. Jones March 4, 1873 March 3, 1903 29 years, 11 months and 27 days
(10,956 days)
William Morris Stewart February 1, 1865 March 3, 1875 Combined total: 28 years, 1 month, 3 days
(10,257 days)
March 4, 1887 March 3, 1905
Key Pittman January 29, 1913 November 10, 1940 27 years, 9 months and 12 days
(10,148 days)
Howard Cannon January 3, 1959 January 3, 1983 24 years
(8,767 days)

Shortest service

Excludes incumbent Rosen

Senator First served Last served Length of service
Ernest S. Brown October 1, 1954 December 1, 1954 2 months
(62 days)
William A. Massey July 1, 1912 January 29, 1913 6 months and 4 weeks
(213 days)
Edward P. Carville July 25, 1945 January 3, 1947 1 year, 5 months, 1 week and 2 days
(528 days)
Berkeley L. Bunker November 27, 1940 December 6, 1942 2 years, 1 week and 2 days
(740 days)
Charles Henderson January 12, 1918 March 3, 1921 3 years, 1 month, 2 weeks and 5 days
(1,147 days)

Youngest at beginning of service

Senator Date of birth First served Age
Berkeley L. Bunker August 12, 1906 November 27, 1940 34 years, 3 months and 15 days
William Morris Stewart August 9, 1827 February 1, 1865 37 years, 5 months and 23 days
Key Pittman September 19, 1872 January 29, 1913 40 years, 4 months and 10 days
John Ensign March 25, 1958 January 3, 2001 42 years, 9 months and 9 days
John P. Jones January 27, 1829 March 4, 1873 44 years, 1 month and 5 days

Oldest at end of service

Senator Date of birth Last served Age
Pat McCarran August 8, 1876 September 28, 1954 78 years, 1 month and 20 days
William Morris Stewart August 9, 1827 March 3, 1905 77 years, 6 months and 22 days
Harry Reid December 2, 1939 January 3, 2017 77 years, 1 month and 1 day
John P. Jones January 27, 1829 March 3, 1903 74 years, 1 month and 4 days
Francis G. Newlands August 28, 1846 December 24, 1917 71 years, 3 months and 26 days

See also

References

  1. ^ "William Sharon was chosen U.S. senator last Tuesday by the legislature of Nevada". Arizona Weekly Citizen. Tucson, AZ. January 16, 1875. p. 2.
  2. ^ a b The Journal of the Assembly of the Tenth Session of the Legislature of the State of Nevada. Carson City, NV: State Printing Office. 1881. p. 30.
  3. ^ Byrd, p. 137.
  4. ^ "REID RETIRING". POLITICO. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  5. ^ "Democrats pick up Senate seat in Nevada with Rosen win".