The Political Graveyard: A Database of American History
Nebraska: U.S. Senators

U.S. Senators from Nebraska, 1867-2022 (May be incomplete!)
John M. Thayer 1867-71 Thomas W. Tipton 1867-75 Phineas W. Hitchcock 1871-77 Algernon S. Paddock 1875-81 Alvin Saunders 1877-83 Charles H. Van Wyck 1881-87 Charles F. Manderson 1883-95 Algernon S. Paddock 1887-93 William V. Allen 1893-99 John M. Thurston 1895-1901 Monroe L. Hayward 1899 William V. Allen 1899-1901 Charles H. Dietrich 1901-05 Joseph H. Millard 1901-07 Elmer J. Burkett 1905-11 Norris Brown 1907-13 Gilbert M. Hitchcock 1911-23 George W. Norris 1913-43 Robert B. Howell 1923-33 William H. Thompson 1933-34 Richard C. Hunter 1934-35 Edward R. Burke 1935-41 Hugh A. Butler 1941-54 Kenneth S. Wherry 1943-51 Frederick Andrew Seaton 1951-52 Dwight P. Griswold 1952-54 Eva Kelly Bowring 1954 Sam W. Reynolds 1954 Hazel Hempel Abel 1954 Roman L. Hruska 1954-76 Carl T. Curtis 1955-79 Edward Zorinsky 1976-87 J. James Exon 1979-97 David K. Karnes 1987-89 Bob Kerrey 1989-2001 Chuck Hagel 1997-2009 Ben Nelson 2001-13 Mike Johanns 2009-15 Deb Fischer 2013- Ben Sasse 2015-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1899 Dec 5: Monroe L. Hayward, died in office.
  • 1916 Nov 7: Gilbert M. Hitchcock (Dem & People's Independent), elected; John L. Kennedy (Rep & Progressive), defeated; E. E. Olmstead (Socialist), defeated; D. B. Gilbert (Prohibition), defeated.
  • 1918 Nov 5: George W. Norris (Rep), elected; John H. Morehead (Dem), defeated.
  • 1922 Nov 7: Robert B. Howell (Rep), elected; Gilbert M. Hitchcock (Dem), defeated; James L. Beebe (Third Party), defeated.
  • 1924 Nov 4: George W. Norris (Rep), elected; John J. Thomas (Dem), defeated.
  • 1928 Nov 6: Robert B. Howell (Rep), elected; Richard L. Metcalfe (Dem), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: George W. Norris (Rep), elected; Gilbert M. Hitchcock (Dem), defeated; Beatrice F. Craig (Ind), defeated.
  • 1933 Mar 11: Robert B. Howell, died in office.
  • 1934 Nov 6: Edward R. Burke (Dem), elected; Robert G. Simmons (Rep), defeated; Henry Hoffman (Ind), defeated; Eugene D. O'Sullivan (Ind), defeated.
  • 1934 Nov 6: Richard C. Hunter (Dem), elected; J. H. Kemp (Rep), defeated.
  • 1936 Nov 3: George W. Norris (Ind), elected; Robert G. Simmons (Rep), defeated; Terry Carpenter (Dem), defeated.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Hugh A. Butler (Rep), elected; Robert LeRoy Cochran (Dem), defeated; Albert F. Ruthven (Ind), defeated.
  • 1942: Terry Carpenter, defeated for nomination.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Kenneth S. Wherry (Rep), elected; George W. Norris (Ind), defeated; Foster May (Dem), defeated; Albert F. Ruthven (Ind), defeated.
  • 1946 Nov 5: Hugh A. Butler (Rep), elected; John E. Mekota (Dem), defeated.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Kenneth S. Wherry (Rep), elected; Terry Carpenter (Dem), defeated.
  • 1951 Nov 29: Kenneth S. Wherry, died in office.
  • 1952 Nov 4: Hugh A. Butler (Rep), elected; Stanley D. Long (Dem), defeated; Dwight Dell (Ind), defeated.
  • 1952 Nov 4: Dwight P. Griswold (Rep), elected; William Ritchie (Dem), defeated.
  • 1954: David T. Martin, defeated for nomination; Terry Carpenter, defeated for nomination.
  • 1954: Robert B. Crosby (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1954 Apr 12: Dwight P. Griswold, died in office.
  • 1954 Jul 1: Hugh A. Butler, died in office.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Carl T. Curtis (Rep), elected; M. Keith Neville (Dem), defeated.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Mrs. George P. Abel (Rep), elected; William H. Meier (Dem), defeated.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Roman L. Hruska (Rep), elected; James F. Green (Dem), defeated.
  • 1958 Nov 4: Roman L. Hruska (Rep), elected; Frank B. Morrison (Dem), defeated.
  • 1960 Nov 8: Carl T. Curtis (Rep), elected; Robert B. Conrad (Dem), defeated.
  • 1964 Nov 3: Roman L. Hruska (Rep), elected; Raymond Arndt (Dem), defeated.
  • 1966 Nov 8: Carl T. Curtis (Rep), elected; Frank B. Morrison (Dem), defeated.
  • 1970 Nov 3: Roman L. Hruska (Rep), elected; Frank B. Morrison (Dem), defeated.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Carl T. Curtis (Rep), elected; Terry Carpenter (Dem), defeated.
  • 1976 Nov 2: Edward Zorinsky (Dem), elected; John Y. McCollister (Rep), defeated.
  • 1978 Nov 7: J. James Exon (Dem), elected; Donald E. Shasteen (Rep), defeated.
  • 1982 Nov 2: Edward Zorinsky (Dem), elected; Jim Keck (Rep), defeated; Virginia Walsh (Ind), defeated.
  • 1984 Nov 6: J. James Exon (Dem), elected; Nancy Hoch (Rep), defeated.
  • 1987 Mar 6: Edward Zorinsky, died in office.
  • 1988 Nov 8: Bob Kerrey (Dem), elected; David K. Karnes (Rep), defeated; Ernest W. Chambers (New Alliance), defeated.
  • 1990 Nov 6: J. James Exon (Dem), elected; Hal Daub, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1994 Nov 8: Bob Kerrey (Dem), elected; Jan Stoney (Rep), defeated.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Chuck Hagel (Rep), elected; Ben Nelson (Dem), defeated.
  • 2000 Nov 7: Ben Nelson (Dem), elected; Don Stenberg (Rep), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Chuck Hagel (Rep), elected; Charlie A. Matulka (Dem), defeated; John J. Graziano (Libertarian), defeated; Phil Chase (Ind), defeated.
  • 2012 Nov 6: Deb Fischer (Rep), elected.
  • 2018 Nov 6: Deb Fischer (Rep), elected.
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