List of longest-living United States senators

This page contains a list of the longest-living United States senators among those currently living (incumbent or former) and a list of the individuals who, at the time of their deaths, were the longest-lived United States senators among those current or former senators then living. Of those living, the longest-lived senator is Jocelyn Burdick. The oldest sitting senator is Dianne Feinstein (born 1933). The longest-lived senator in history is Cornelius Cole, who died at 102.

Oldest senators (historic)[edit]

This is a list of the senators who were, while in office or after, the oldest living before they died.

Begin date End date Senator Birth date Term(s) State Party Age (years, days)
March 4, 1789 June 13, 1791[n 1] William Johnson[n 2] October 7, 1727 1789–1791 Connecticut Pro-Administration 92 years, 38 days
June 13, 1791 July 23, 1793 Roger Sherman[n 2] April 19, 1721 1791–1793 Connecticut Pro-Administration 72 years, 95 days
July 23, 1793 November 14, 1819 William Johnson[n 3] October 7, 1727 1789–1791 Connecticut Pro-Administration 92 years, 38 days
November 14, 1819 June 1, 1832 Thomas Sumter August 14, 1734 1801–1810 South Carolina Democratic-Republican 97 years, 292 days
June 1, 1832 November 14, 1832 Charles Carroll September 19, 1737 1789–1792 Maryland Federalist 95 years, 56 days
November 14, 1832 March 7, 1838 Paine Wingate May 14, 1739 1789–1793 New Hampshire Federalist 98 years, 297 days
March 7, 1838 April 22, 1839 Samuel Smith July 27, 1752 1803–1815, 1822–1833 Maryland Democratic-Republican, Crawford Republican, Jacksonian 86 years, 269 days
April 22, 1839 February 13, 1843 Nathaniel Chipman November 15, 1752 1797–1803 Vermont Federalist 90 years, 90 days
February 13, 1843 February 25, 1845 Asher Robbins October 26, 1757 1825–1839 Rhode Island Anti-Jacksonian, Adams 87 years, 122 days
February 25, 1845 December 22, 1850 William Plumer June 25, 1759 1802–1807 New Hampshire Federalist 91 years, 180 days
December 22, 1850 April 12, 1851 David Daggett December 31, 1764 1813–1819 Connecticut Federalist 86 years, 102 days
April 12, 1851 October 14, 1853 Elisha Mathewson April 18, 1767 1807–1811 Rhode Island Democratic-Republican 86 years, 179 days
October 14, 1853 November 19, 1853 Samuel Crafts October 6, 1768 1842–1843 Vermont Whig 85 years, 44 days
November 19, 1853 July 24, 1854 Jonathan Roberts August 16, 1771 1814–1821 Pennsylvania Democratic-Republican 82 years, 342 days
July 24, 1854 April 20, 1857 Benjamin Tappan May 25, 1773 1839–1845 Ohio Democratic 83 years, 330 days
April 20, 1857 May 6, 1860 Littleton Tazewell December 17, 1774 1824–1832 Virginia Democratic-Republican, Jacksonian 85 years, 141 days
May 6, 1860 June 23, 1865 William Wilkins December 20, 1779 1831–1834 Pennsylvania Democratic 85 years, 185 days
June 23, 1865 June 19, 1867 Henry Dodge October 12, 1782 1848–1857 Wisconsin Democratic 84 years, 250 days
June 19, 1867 December 28, 1870 Wilson Lumpkin January 14, 1783 1837–1841 Georgia Democratic 87 years, 348 days
December 28, 1870 June 20, 1874 John Ruggles October 8, 1789 1835–1841 Maine Democratic 84 years, 255 days
June 20, 1874 July 3, 1878 Daniel Sturgeon October 27, 1789 1840–1851 Pennsylvania Democratic 88 years, 249 days
July 3, 1878 September 16, 1887 Joseph Cilley January 4, 1791 1846–1847 New Hampshire Liberty 96 years, 255 days
September 16, 1887 June 26, 1889 Simon Cameron March 8, 1799 1845–1849, 1857–1861, 1867–1877 Pennsylvania Democratic, Republican 90 years, 110 days
June 26, 1889 April 4, 1893 David Meriwether October 30, 1800 1852–1852 Kentucky Democratic 92 years, 156 days
April 4, 1893 January 6, 1901 James Bradbury June 10, 1802 1847–1853 Maine Democratic 98 years, 210 days
January 6, 1901 October 7, 1906 Daniel Jewett September 14, 1807 1870–1871 Missouri Republican 99 years, 23 days
October 7, 1906 July 27, 1907 Edmund Pettus[n 4] July 6, 1821 1897–1907 Alabama Democratic 86 years, 21 days
July 27, 1907 January 10, 1909 John Conness September 22, 1821 1863–1869 California Republican 87 years, 110 days
January 10, 1909 November 3, 1924 Cornelius Cole September 17, 1822 1867–1873 California Republican 102 years, 47 days
November 3, 1924 April 5, 1928 Chauncey Depew April 23, 1834 1899–1911 New York Republican 93 years, 348 days
April 5, 1928 January 24, 1930 Rebecca Felton June 10, 1835 1922–1922 Georgia Democratic 94 years, 228 days
January 24, 1930 April 12, 1933 Adelbert Ames October 31, 1835 1870–1874 Mississippi Republican 97 years, 163 days
April 12, 1933 February 7, 1937 Elihu Root February 15, 1845 1909–1915 New York Republican 91 years, 358 days
February 7, 1937 January 26, 1938 Newell Sanders July 12, 1850 1912–1913 Tennessee Republican 87 years, 198 days
January 26, 1938 July 24, 1938 Obadiah Gardner September 13, 1852 1911–1913 Maine Democratic 85 years, 314 days
July 24, 1938 April 30, 1940 Furnifold Simmons January 20, 1854 1901–1931 North Carolina Democratic 86 years, 101 days
April 30, 1940 April 21, 1941[n 1] Fountain Thompson November 18, 1854 1909–1910 North Dakota Democratic 87 years, 78 days
April 21, 1941 June 26, 1941 Andrew Houston[n 2] June 21, 1854 1941–1941 Texas Democratic 87 years, 5 days
June 26, 1941 February 4, 1942 Fountain Thompson November 18, 1854 1909–1910 North Dakota Democratic 87 years, 78 days
February 4, 1942 July 19, 1947 Robert Owen February 2, 1856 1907–1925 Oklahoma Democratic 91 years, 167 days
July 19, 1947 July 27, 1954 Joseph Ransdell October 7, 1858 1913–1931 Louisiana Democratic 95 years, 293 days
July 27, 1954 March 1, 1958 Lawrence Phipps August 30, 1862 1919–1931 Colorado Republican 95 years, 183 days
March 1, 1958 March 3, 1961 Joseph Grundy January 13, 1863 1929–1930 Pennsylvania Republican 98 years, 49 days
March 3, 1961 May 24, 1961 George Pepper March 16, 1867 1922–1927 Pennsylvania Republican 94 years, 69 days
May 24, 1961 May 19, 1966 Theodore Green October 2, 1867 1937–1961 Rhode Island Democratic 98 years, 229 days
May 19, 1966 December 28, 1972 John Heiskell November 2, 1872 1913–1913 Arkansas Democratic 100 years, 56 days
December 28, 1972 July 29, 1974 George Radcliffe August 22, 1877 1935–1947 Maryland Democratic 96 years, 341 days
July 29, 1974 April 14, 1977 John Milton January 21, 1881 1938–1938 New Jersey Democratic 96 years, 83 days
April 14, 1977 May 15, 1983 Hall Lusk September 21, 1883 1960–1960 Oregon Democratic 99 years, 236 days
May 15, 1983 December 1, 1984 Stephen Young May 4, 1889 1959–1971 Ohio Democratic 95 years, 211 days
December 1, 1984 March 20, 1988 Samuel Reynolds August 11, 1890 1954–1954 Nebraska Republican 97 years, 222 days
March 20, 1988 March 14, 1989 Gladys Pyle October 4, 1890 1938–1939 South Dakota Republican 98 years, 161 days
March 14, 1989 September 23, 1992 Frank Briggs February 25, 1894 1945–1947 Missouri Democratic 98 years, 211 days
September 23, 1992 June 10, 1993 Milward Simpson November 12, 1897 1962–1967 Wyoming Republican 95 years, 210 days
June 10, 1993 May 29, 1995 Margaret Smith December 14, 1897 1949–1973 Maine Republican 97 years, 166 days
May 29, 1995 May 8, 1998 Jennings Randolph March 8, 1902 1958–1985 West Virginia Democratic 96 years, 61 days
May 8, 1998 June 26, 2003 Strom Thurmond[n 4] December 5, 1902 1954–1956, 1956–2003 South Carolina Democratic, Republican 100 years, 203 days
June 26, 2003 August 18, 2004 Hiram Fong October 15, 1906 1959–1977 Hawaii Republican 97 years, 308 days
August 18, 2004 October 20, 2009 Clifford Hansen October 16, 1912 1967–1978 Wyoming Republican 97 years, 4 days
October 20, 2009 July 30, 2013 Harry F. Byrd Jr. December 20, 1914 1965–1983 Virginia Democratic, Independent 98 years, 222 days
July 30, 2013 January 3, 2015 Edward Brooke October 26, 1919 1967–1979 Massachusetts Republican 95 years, 69 days
January 3, 2015 December 8, 2016 John Glenn July 18, 1921 1974–1999 Ohio Democratic 95 years, 143 days
December 8, 2016 April 6, 2019 Fritz Hollings January 1, 1922 1966–2005 South Carolina Democratic 97 years, 95 days
April 6, 2019 Present Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922 1992 North Dakota Democratic 97 years, 294 days

Oldest senators currently living[edit]

This is a list of the 100 eldest senators, current or former, currently living.

Key
dagger Currently serving
Rank Senator Date of birth Senate term State served Party Age (years, days)
1 Jocelyn Burdick February 6, 1922 1992 North Dakota Democratic 97 years, 294 days
2 James L. Buckley March 9, 1923 1971–1977 New York Conservative/Republican caucus (1971–1976)
Republican (1976–1977)
96 years, 263 days
3 Bob Dole July 22, 1923 1969–1996 Kansas Republican 96 years, 128 days
4 Daniel J. Evans October 16, 1925 1983–1989 Washington Republican 94 years, 42 days
5 Mark Andrews May 19, 1926 1981–1987 North Dakota Republican 93 years, 192 days
6 John Warner February 18, 1927 1979–2009 Virginia Republican 92 years, 282 days
7 Jim Broyhill August 19, 1927 1986 North Carolina Republican 92 years, 100 days
8 Walter Mondale January 5, 1928 1964–1976 Minnesota Democratic 91 years, 326 days
9 Slade Gorton January 8, 1928 1981–1987, 1989–2001 Washington Republican 91 years, 323 days
10 Lauch Faircloth January 14, 1928 1993–1999 North Carolina Republican 91 years, 317 days
11 Dick Clark September 14, 1928 1973–1979 Iowa Democratic 91 years, 74 days
12 Roger Jepsen December 23, 1928 1979–1985 Iowa Republican 90 years, 339 days
13 David H. Gambrell December 20, 1929 1971–1972 Georgia Democratic 89 years, 342 days
14 Nicholas F. Brady April 11, 1930 1982 New Jersey Republican 89 years, 230 days
15 Mike Gravel May 13, 1930 1969–1981 Alaska Democratic 89 years, 198 days
16 Adlai Stevenson III October 10, 1930 1970–1981 Illinois Democratic 89 years, 48 days
17 Rudy Boschwitz November 7, 1930 1978–1991 Minnesota Republican 89 years, 20 days
18 Fred R. Harris November 13, 1930 1964–1973 Oklahoma Democratic 89 years, 14 days
19 Bill Brock November 23, 1930 1971–1977 Tennessee Republican 89 years, 4 days
20 Mack Mattingly January 7, 1931 1981–1987 Georgia Republican 88 years, 324 days
21 James Abourezk February 24, 1931 1973–1979 South Dakota Democratic 88 years, 276 days
22 Lowell Weicker May 16, 1931 1971–1989 Connecticut Republican 88 years, 195 days
23 Alan K. Simpson September 2, 1931 1979–1997 Wyoming Republican 88 years, 86 days
24 J. Bennett Johnston June 10, 1932 1972–1997 Louisiana Democratic 87 years, 170 days
25 Nancy Kassebaum July 29, 1932 1978–1997 Kansas Republican 87 years, 121 days
26 Bob Packwood September 11, 1932 1969–1995 Oregon Republican 87 years, 77 days
27 Jake Garn October 12, 1932 1974–1993 Utah Republican 87 years, 46 days
28 Paul Sarbanes February 3, 1933 1977–2007 Maryland Democratic 86 years, 297 days
29 Frank Murkowski March 28, 1933 1981–2002 Alaska Republican 86 years, 244 days
30 Ben Nighthorse Campbell April 13, 1933 1993–2005 Colorado Democratic (1993–1995)
Republican (1995–2005)
86 years, 228 days
31 Dianne Feinsteindagger June 22, 1933 1992–present California Democratic 86 years, 158 days
32 George J. Mitchell August 20, 1933 1980–1995 Maine Democratic 86 years, 99 days
33 Pete Wilson August 23, 1933 1983–1991 California Republican 86 years, 96 days
34 Chuck Grassleydagger September 17, 1933 1981–present Iowa Republican 86 years, 71 days
35 Jean Carnahan December 20, 1933 2001–2002 Missouri Democratic 85 years, 342 days
36 Orrin Hatch March 22, 1934 1977–2019 Utah Republican 85 years, 250 days
37 Richard Shelbydagger May 6, 1934 1987–present Alabama Democratic (1987–1994)
Republican (1994–present)
85 years, 205 days
38 Carl Levin June 28, 1934 1979–2015 Michigan Democratic 85 years, 152 days
39 David Durenberger August 19, 1934 1978–1995 Minnesota Republican 85 years, 100 days
40 David Pryor August 29, 1934 1979–1997 Arkansas Democratic 85 years, 90 days
41 Jim Inhofedagger November 17, 1934 1994–present Oklahoma Republican 85 years, 10 days
42 Herb Kohl February 7, 1935 1989–2013 Wisconsin Democratic 84 years, 293 days
43 Harrison Schmitt July 3, 1935 1977–1983 New Mexico Republican 84 years, 147 days
44 Bob Krueger September 19, 1935 1993 Texas Democratic 84 years, 69 days
45 Pat Robertsdagger April 20, 1936 1997–present Kansas Republican 83 years, 221 days
46 Barbara Mikulski July 20, 1936 1987–2017 Maryland Democratic 83 years, 130 days
47 Elizabeth Dole July 29, 1936 2003–2009 North Carolina Republican 83 years, 121 days
48 John Danforth September 5, 1936 1976–1995 Missouri Republican 83 years, 83 days
49 Jim Sasser September 30, 1936 1977–1995 Tennessee Democratic 83 years, 58 days
50 Bob Graham November 9, 1936 1987–2005 Florida Democratic 83 years, 18 days
51 Gary Hart November 28, 1936 1975–1987 Colorado Democratic 82 years, 364 days
52 Dennis DeConcini May 8, 1937 1977–1995 Arizona Democratic 82 years, 203 days
53 Jay Rockefeller June 18, 1937 1985–2015 West Virginia Democratic 82 years, 162 days
54 Richard Bryan July 16, 1937 1989–2001 Nevada Democratic 82 years, 134 days
55 Al D'Amato August 1, 1937 1981–1999 New York Republican 82 years, 118 days
56 Roland Burris August 3, 1937 2009–2010 Illinois Democratic 82 years, 116 days
57 John F. Seymour December 3, 1937 1991–1992 California Republican 81 years, 359 days
58 Paul G. Kirk January 18, 1938 2009–2010 Massachusetts Democratic 81 years, 313 days
59 Donald Riegle February 4, 1938 1976–1995 Michigan Democratic 81 years, 296 days
60 Steve Symms April 23, 1938 1981–1993 Idaho Republican 81 years, 218 days
61 Kaneaster Hodges Jr. August 20, 1938 1977–1979 Arkansas Democratic 81 years, 99 days
62 Sam Nunn September 8, 1938 1972–1997 Georgia Democratic 81 years, 80 days
63 Kit Bond March 6, 1939 1987–2011 Missouri Republican 80 years, 266 days
64 Ted Kaufman March 15, 1939 2009–2010 Delaware Democratic 80 years, 257 days
65 Chuck Robb June 26, 1939 1989–2001 Virginia Democratic 80 years, 154 days
66 Tim Wirth September 22, 1939 1987–1993 Colorado Democratic 80 years, 66 days
67 Tom Harkin November 19, 1939 1985–2015 Iowa Democratic 80 years, 8 days
68 Harry Reid December 2, 1939 1987–2017 Nevada Democratic 79 years, 360 days
69 Donald W. Stewart February 8, 1940 1978–1981 Alabama Democratic 79 years, 292 days
70 Hank Brown February 12, 1940 1991–1997 Colorado Republican 79 years, 288 days
71 Patrick Leahydagger March 31, 1940 1975–present Vermont Democratic 79 years, 241 days
72 Lamar Alexanderdagger July 3, 1940 2003–present Tennessee Republican 79 years, 147 days
73 William Cohen August 28, 1940 1979–1997 Maine Republican 79 years, 91 days
74 Wyche Fowler October 6, 1940 1987–1993 Georgia Democratic 79 years, 52 days
75 Gordon J. Humphrey October 9, 1940 1979–1990 New Hampshire Republican 79 years, 49 days
76 Connie Mack III October 29, 1940 1989–2001 Florida Republican 79 years, 29 days
77 Barbara Boxer November 11, 1940 1993–2017 California Democratic 79 years, 16 days
78 Robert C. Smith March 30, 1941 1990–2003 New Hampshire Republican 78 years, 242 days
79 David Boren April 21, 1941 1979–1994 Oklahoma Democratic 78 years, 220 days
80 Ben Nelson May 17, 1941 2001–2013 Nebraska Democratic 78 years, 194 days
81 Bernie Sandersdagger September 8, 1941 2007–present Vermont Independent/Democratic caucus 78 years, 80 days
82 Trent Lott October 9, 1941 1989–2007 Mississippi Republican 78 years, 49 days
83 Max Baucus December 11, 1941 1978–2014 Montana Democratic 77 years, 351 days
84 Mitch McConnelldagger February 20, 1942 1985–present Kentucky Republican 77 years, 280 days
85 Joe Lieberman February 24, 1942 1989–2013 Connecticut Democratic (1989–2006)
Independent/Democratic caucus (2006–2013)
77 years, 276 days
86 Larry Pressler March 29, 1942 1979–1997 South Dakota Republican 77 years, 243 days
87 Jon Kyl April 25, 1942 1995–2013, 2018 Arizona Republican 77 years, 216 days
88 John Ashcroft May 9, 1942 1995–2001 Missouri Republican 77 years, 202 days
89 Byron Dorgan May 14, 1942 1992–2011 North Dakota Democratic 77 years, 197 days
90 Bob Kasten June 19, 1942 1981–1993 Wisconsin Republican 77 years, 161 days
91 Phil Gramm July 8, 1942 1985–2002 Texas Republican 77 years, 142 days
92 Max Cleland August 24, 1942 1997–2003 Georgia Democratic 77 years, 95 days
93 Bill Nelson September 29, 1942 2001–2019 Florida Democratic 77 years, 59 days
94 Joe Biden November 20, 1942 1973–2009 Delaware Democratic 77 years, 7 days
95 Jim Rischdagger May 3, 1943 2009–present Idaho Republican 76 years, 208 days
96 Dan Coats May 16, 1943 1989–1999, 2011–2017 Indiana Republican 76 years, 195 days
97 Kay Bailey Hutchison July 22, 1943 1993–2013 Texas Republican 76 years, 128 days
98 Bill Bradley July 28, 1943 1979–1997 New Jersey Democratic 76 years, 122 days
99 Bob Kerrey August 27, 1943 1989–2001 Nebraska Democratic 76 years, 92 days
100 Jeff Bingaman October 3, 1943 1983–2013 New Mexico Democratic 76 years, 55 days

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Did not die on this date; an older senator took office.
  2. ^ a b c Was the oldest-living senator immediately upon taking office.
  3. ^ Held position the longest at 26 years and 115 days; second is Cornelius Cole at 15 years and 299 days.
  4. ^ a b Became the oldest-living senator during service in the Senate.

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