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List of United States Senators from West Virginia

This is a list of United States Senators from West Virginia. Its senators belong to Classes 1 and 2. West Virginia is currently represented in the U.S. Senate by Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both Democrats.

Class 1

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 Peter G. Van Winkle Republican August 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1869
1 Elected in 1863
2 Arthur I. Boreman Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 4, 1875
2 Elected in 1869

Retired
3 Allen T. Caperton Democratic March 4, 1875 –
July 26, 1876
3 Elected in 1874

Died
Vacant July 26, 1876 –
August 26, 1876
4 Samuel Price Democratic August 26, 1876 –
January 26, 1877
Appointed to continue Caperton's term

Lost special election to finish Caperton's term
5 Frank Hereford Democratic January 31, 1877 –
March 4, 1881
Elected to finish Caperton's term
6 Johnson N. Camden Democratic March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1887
4 Elected in 1880
7 Charles J. Faulkner Democratic March 4, 1887 –
March 4, 1899
5 Elected in 1886
6 Re-elected in 1892

Retired
8 Nathan B. Scott Republican March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1911
7 Elected in 1898
8 Re-elected in 1904

Lost renomination
9 William E. Chilton Democratic March 4, 1911 –
March 4, 1917
9 Elected in 1910

Lost re-election in 1916
10 Howard Sutherland Republican March 4, 1917 –
March 4, 1923
10 Elected in 1916

Lost re-election in 1922
11 Matthew M. Neely Democratic March 4, 1923 –
March 4, 1929
11 Elected in 1922

Lost re-election in 1928
12 Henry D. Hatfield Republican March 4, 1929 –
January 3, 1935
12 Elected in 1928

Lost re-election in 1934
13 Rush D. Holt, Sr. Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1941
13 Elected in 1934

Could not take seat until reaching age 30 on June, 19, 1935

Lost renomination in 1940
14 Harley M. Kilgore Democratic January 3, 1941 –
February 28, 1956
14 Elected in 1940
15 Re-elected in 1946
16 Re-elected in 1952

Died
Vacant February 28, 1956 –
March 13, 1956
15 William R. Laird, III Democratic March 13, 1956 –
November 6, 1956
Appointed to continue Kilgore's term

Retired when successor elected
16 W. Chapman Revercomb Republican November 7, 1956 –
January 3, 1959
Elected to finish Kilgore's term

Lost re-election in 1958
17 Robert Byrd Democratic January 3, 1959 –
June 28, 2010
17 Elected in 1958
18 Re-elected in 1964
19 Re-elected in 1970
20 Re-elected in 1976
21 Re-elected in 1982
22 Re-elected in 1988
23 Re-elected in 1994
24 Re-elected in 2000
25 Re-elected in 2006

Died
Vacant June 28, 2010 –
July 16, 2010
18 Carte Goodwin Democratic July 16, 2010 –
November 15, 2010
Appointed to continue Byrd's term

Retired when successor elected
19 Joe Manchin Democratic November 15, 2010 –
Present
Elected to finish Byrd's term
26 Re-elected in 2012

Class 2

# Senator Party Years Term Electoral history
1 Waitman T. Willey Unionist August 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1865
1 Elected in 1863
Republican March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1871
2 Re-elected in 1865
2 Henry G. Davis Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 4, 1883
3 Elected in 1871 or 1872
4 Re-elected in 1877

Retired
3 John E. Kenna Democratic March 4, 1883 –
January 11, 1893
5 Elected in 1882 or 1883
6 Re-elected in 1888/9

Died
Vacant January 11, 1893 –
March 4, 1893
4 Johnson N. Camden Democratic March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1895
Elected to finish Kenna's term
5 Stephen B. Elkins Republican March 4, 1895 –
January 4, 1911
7 Elected in 1894 or 1895
8 Re-elected in 1900
9 Re-elected in 1906

Died
Vacant January 4, 1911 –
January 9, 1911
6 Davis Elkins Republican January 9, 1911 –
January 31, 1911
Appointed to continue his father's term

Successor elected
7 Clarence W. Watson Democratic February 1, 1911 –
March 4, 1913
Elected to finish Stephen Elkins's term

Lost Election to full term
Vacant March 4, 1913 –
April 1, 1913
8
8 Nathan Goff Republican April 1, 1913 –
March 4, 1919
Chose to take office late

Retired
9 Davis Elkins Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1925
9 Elected in 1918

Retired
10 Guy D. Goff Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 4, 1931
10 Elected in 1924

Retired
11 Matthew M. Neely Democratic March 4, 1931 –
January 12, 1941
11 Elected in 1930
12 Re-elected in 1936

Resigned
12 Joseph Rosier Democratic January 13, 1941 –
November 17, 1942
Appointed to continue Neely's term

Lost special election to finish Neely's term
13 Hugh I. Shott Republican November 18, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
Elected to finish Neely's term

Retired
14 W. Chapman Revercomb Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1949
13 Elected in 1942

Lost re-election
15 Matthew M. Neely Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 8, 1958
14 Elected in 1948
15 Re-elected in 1954

Died
Vacant January 8, 1958 –
January 25, 1958
16 John D. Hoblitzell, Jr. Republican January 25, 1958 –
November 4, 1958
Appointed to continue Neely's term

Lost special election to finish Neely's term
17 Jennings Randolph Democratic November 5, 1958 –
January 3, 1985
Elected to finish Neely's term
16 Elected to full term in 1960
17 Re-elected in 1966
18 Re-elected in 1972
19 Re-elected in 1978

Retired
Vacant January 3, 1985 –
January 15, 1985
20
18 Jay Rockefeller Democratic January 15, 1985 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 1984, but delayed term to finish term as Governor of West Virginia
21 Re-elected in 1990
22 Re-elected in 1996
23 Re-elected in 2002
24 Re-elected in 2008
Retiring
19 Shelley M. Capito Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
25 Elected in 2014

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