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All U.S. Senators from Illinois

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List of Illinois senators, with plenty of pictures and photos. List includes IL senators and all past United States senators of Illinois. Since the founding of the United States government, Americans have elected two senators per state regardless of the state's population (unlike the House of Representatives). At first, senators were voted into the US Congress by their individual state legislatures. Today though, senators are elected directly by the people. Each pair of senators serve staggered six year terms, with senatorial elections happening every two years. The most recent senate race was especially exciting due to the democrats' controversial support of healthcare reform and the republicans' regrouping with the support of the Tea Party.
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  • 1

    Jesse B. Thomas

    Dec. at 76 (1777-1853)
    December 3, 1818- March 4, 1829
  • 2

    John McLean

    Dec. at 76 (1785-1861)
    March 4, 1829- October 14, 1830
  • 3

    David J. Baker

    Dec. at 77 (1792-1869)
    November 12, 1830- December 11, 1830
  • 4

    John McCracken Robinson

    Dec. at 49 (1794-1843)
    December 11, 1830- March 4, 1841
  • 5

    Samuel McRoberts

    Dec. at 44 (1799-1843)
    March 4, 1841- March 27, 1843
  • 6

    James Semple

    Dec. at 68 (1798-1866)
    December 4, 1843- March 4, 1847
  • 7

    Stephen A. Douglas

    Dec. at 48 (1813-1861)
    March 4, 1847- June 3, 1861
  • 8

    Orville Browning

    June 26, 1861- January 12, 1863
  • 9

    William A. Richardson

    January 12, 1863- March 4, 1865
  • 10

    Richard Yates

    Dec. at 58 (1815-1873)
    March 4, 1865- March 4, 1871
  • 11

    John A. Logan

    Dec. at 60 (1826-1886)
    March 4, 1871- March 4, 1877
  • 12
    March 4, 1877- March 4, 1883
  • 13

    Shelby Moore Cullom

    Dec. at 85 (1829-1914)
    March 4, 1883- March 4, 1913
  • 14

    J. Hamilton Lewis

    Dec. at 76 (1863-1939)
    March 26, 1913- March 4, 1919
  • 15

    Joseph M. McCormick

    Dec. at 48 (1877-1925)
    March 4, 1919- February 25, 1925
  • 16

    Charles S. Deneen

    Dec. at 77 (1863-1940)
    February 26, 1925- March 4, 1931
  • 17

    James M. Slattery

    Dec. at 70 (1878-1948)
    April 14, 1939- November 21, 1940
  • 18

    Charles W. Brooks

    Dec. at 60 (1897-1957)
    November 22, 1940- January 3, 1949
  • 19

    Paul Douglas

    Dec. at 84 (1892-1976)
    January 3, 1949- January 3, 1967
  • 20

    Charles H. Percy

    Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)
    January 3, 1967- January 3, 1985
  • 21
    January 3, 1985- January 3, 1997
  • 22
    December 3, 1818- March 3, 1824
  • 23

    Ninian Edwards

    Dec. at 58 (1775-1833)
    March 4, 1825- December 12, 1835
  • 24

    Elias Kane

    Dec. at 41 (1794-1835)
    December 30, 1835- March 3, 1837
  • 25

    William Lee D. Ewing

    Dec. at 51 (1795-1846)
    March 4, 1837- March 3, 1843