List of United States Senators from Alaska

Alaska was admitted to the Union on January 3, 1959. Alaska's United States Senate seats belong to Class 2 and Class 3. The state's current Senators are Republicans Lisa Murkowski (serving since 2002) and Dan Sullivan (serving since 2015). A total of eight people have represented Alaska in the U.S. Senate.

List of Senators

Class 2

Class 2 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were first elected in 1958 for only one Congress (the 86th Congress), and then the seat was contested again for the 87th Congress, 90th Congress, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years has been contested in 2002, 2008, 2014, and the next election will be in 2020.

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Class 3

Class 3 U.S. Senators belong to the electoral cycle that were first elected in 1958 for two Congresses (the 86th Congress and 87th Congress), and then the seat was contested again for the 88th Congress, 91st Congress, and every three Congresses (six years) thereafter. The seat in recent years has been contested in 2004, 2010, and 2016, and the next election will be in 2022.

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1 Edward Lewis Bartlett
Bob Bartlett
Democratic January 3, 1959 –
December 11, 1968
Elected in 1958. 1 86th 1 Elected in 1958. January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1969
Democratic Ernest Gruening (D-AK)
Ernest Gruening
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Re-elected in 1960. 2 87th
88th 2 Re-elected in 1962.

Lost renomination.
89th
Re-elected in 1966.

Died.
3 90th
Vacant December 11, 1968 –
December 24, 1968
 
2 Ted Stevens
Ted Stevens
Republican December 24, 1968 –
January 3, 2009
Appointed to continue Bartlett's term.

Elected in 1970 to finish Bartlett's term.
91st 3 Elected in 1968. January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1981
Democratic Mikegravel
Mike Gravel
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92nd
Re-elected in 1972. 4 93rd
94th 4 Re-elected in 1974.

Lost renomination.
95th
Re-elected in 1978. 5 96th
97th 5 Elected in 1980. January 3, 1981 –
December 2, 2002
Republican Frank Murkowski, 105th Congress photo
Frank Murkowski
3
98th
Re-elected in 1984. 6 99th
100th 6 Re-elected in 1986.
101st
Re-elected in 1990. 7 102nd
103rd 7 Re-elected in 1992.
104th
Re-elected in 1996. 8 105th
106th 8 Re-elected in 1998.

Resigned to become Governor of Alaska.
107th
  December 2, 2002 –
December 20, 2002
Vacant
Appointed to finish her father's term. December 20, 2002 –
Present
Republican Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski
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Re-elected in 2002.

Lost re-election.
9 108th
109th 9 Elected to full term in 2004.
110th
3 Mark Begich, official portrait, 112th Congress
Mark Begich
Democratic January 3, 2009 –
January 3, 2015
Elected in 2008.

Lost re-election.
10 111th
112th 10 Lost renomination, but re-elected as a write-in candidate in 2010.
113th
4 Senator Dan Sullivan official
Dan Sullivan
Republican January 3, 2015 –
Present
Elected in 2014. 11 114th
115th 11 Re-elected in 2016.
116th
To be determined in the 2020 election. 12 117th
118th 12 To be determined in the 2022 election.
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Living former senators

As of January 2019, there are three living former senators from Alaska. The most recent to die was Ted Stevens (December 24, 1968 – January 3, 2009) on August 9, 2010, who is also the most recently serving Senator to die.

Senator Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Mike Gravel January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1981 May 13, 1930 (age 88)
Frank Murkowski January 3, 1981 – December 2, 2002 March 28, 1933 (age 86)
Mark Begich January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2015 March 30, 1962 (age 57)

See also

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2008 United States Senate election in Alaska

The 2008 United States Senate election in Alaska was held on November 4, 2008. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator and former President pro tempore Ted Stevens ran for re-election to a seventh term in the United States Senate. It was one of the ten Senate races that U.S. Senator John Ensign of Nevada, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, predicted as being most competitive. The primaries were held on August 26, 2008. Stevens was challenged by Democratic candidate Mark Begich, the mayor of Anchorage and son of former U.S. Representative Nick Begich.

On October 27, 2008, Stevens was convicted on seven charges of ethics violations and corruption. If reelected, Stevens would have been the first convicted felon elected to the United States Senate. On November 18, 2008, the Associated Press projected that Begich had defeated Stevens, making Stevens the longest-serving U.S. Senator ever to lose a re-election bid. Stevens conceded the race to Begich on November 19. As of 2019, this is the most recent U.S. Senate election or statewide race in Alaska won by a Democrat.

Index of Alaska-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to the U.S. state of Alaska.

List of people from Alaska

This is a list of notable people from Alaska. This list includes individuals who were born in Alaska, grew up there, retired there, or in any other fashion lived there even if for only a brief period of time (such as infancy, during one or more of the many gold rushes during the late 19th century and early 20th century, or as a result of rapid military influx and outflux from 1940 onward).

Key to table entries:

Name

Year born

Year died

Communities lived in in Alaska

Noted for

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