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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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  • Jesse B. Thomas1

    Jesse B. Thomas

    Dec. at 76 (1777-1853)
    December 3, 1818- March 4, 1829
  • John McLean2

    John McLean

    Dec. at 76 (1785-1861)
    March 4, 1829- October 14, 1830
  • David J. Baker3

    David J. Baker

    Dec. at 77 (1792-1869)
    November 12, 1830- December 11, 1830
  • John McCracken Robinson4

    John McCracken Robinson

    Dec. at 49 (1794-1843)
    December 11, 1830- March 4, 1841
  • Samuel McRoberts5

    Samuel McRoberts

    Dec. at 44 (1799-1843)
    March 4, 1841- March 27, 1843
  • James Semple6

    James Semple

    Dec. at 68 (1798-1866)
    December 4, 1843- March 4, 1847
  • Stephen A. Douglas7

    Stephen A. Douglas

    Dec. at 48 (1813-1861)
    March 4, 1847- June 3, 1861
  • Orville Browning8

    Orville Browning

    June 26, 1861- January 12, 1863
  • William A. Richardson9

    William A. Richardson

    January 12, 1863- March 4, 1865
  • Richard Yates10

    Richard Yates

    Dec. at 58 (1815-1873)
    March 4, 1865- March 4, 1871
  • John A. Logan11

    John A. Logan

    Dec. at 60 (1826-1886)
    March 4, 1871- March 4, 1877
  • David Davis12
    March 4, 1877- March 4, 1883
  • Shelby Moore Cullom13

    Shelby Moore Cullom

    Dec. at 85 (1829-1914)
    March 4, 1883- March 4, 1913
  • J. Hamilton Lewis14

    J. Hamilton Lewis

    Dec. at 76 (1863-1939)
    March 26, 1913- March 4, 1919
  • Joseph M. McCormick15

    Joseph M. McCormick

    Dec. at 48 (1877-1925)
    March 4, 1919- February 25, 1925
  • Charles S. Deneen16

    Charles S. Deneen

    Dec. at 77 (1863-1940)
    February 26, 1925- March 4, 1931
  • James M. Slattery17

    James M. Slattery

    Dec. at 70 (1878-1948)
    April 14, 1939- November 21, 1940
  • Charles W. Brooks18

    Charles W. Brooks

    Dec. at 60 (1897-1957)
    November 22, 1940- January 3, 1949
  • Paul Douglas19

    Paul Douglas

    Dec. at 84 (1892-1976)
    January 3, 1949- January 3, 1967
  • Charles H. Percy20

    Charles H. Percy

    Dec. at 92 (1919-2011)
    January 3, 1967- January 3, 1985
  • Paul Simon21
    January 3, 1985- January 3, 1997
  • Dick Durbin22
    December 3, 1818- March 3, 1824
  • Ninian Edwards23

    Ninian Edwards

    Dec. at 58 (1775-1833)
    March 4, 1825- December 12, 1835
  • Elias Kane24

    Elias Kane

    Dec. at 41 (1794-1835)
    December 30, 1835- March 3, 1837
  • William Lee D. Ewing25

    William Lee D. Ewing

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