A brief look at the last time all-Democratic U.S. Senate delegations simultaneously represented Georgia and other states
The Democratic surge in Georgia during the last few cycles has turned heads – a surge that includes Joe Biden carrying the state and the flipping of both U.S. Senate seats in 2020, two U.S. House seat pick-ups since 2018, and a net gain of 15 state house seats and four state senate seats since the 2016 cycle.
Once Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are seated following the Georgia Secretary of State’s certification of last Tuesday’s runoff U.S. Senate elections, the Peach State will have two Democrats in the chamber for the first time in 18 years.
Max Cleland and Zell Miller were the last pair of Democrats to serve from the state which ended on January 3, 2003 following Saxby Chambliss’ defeat of Cleland in the 2002 general election.
Georgia will now send two Democrats to the U.S. Senate at the same time as a handful of other states for the first time in a few generations.
For example, the last time Georgia and Arizona were each represented by Democrats was 68 years ago on January 3, 1953 when Carl Hayden and the recently defeated Ernest McFarland were in office in Arizona alongside Walter George and Richard Russell.
It was 54 years ago (January 1967) when all-Democratic delegations last served both Oregon (Wayne Morse, Maurine Neuberger) and Georgia (Richard Russell, Herman Talmadge).
Five states last sent two Democrats to the U.S. Senate alongside Georgia during the 1970s:
- Virginia (Harry Byrd, Jr. and William Spong) in January 1971 (with Russell and Talmadge)
- New Mexico (Clinton Anderson and Joseph Montoya) in January 1973 (with Talmadge and Sam Nunn)
- Rhode Island (John Pastore and Claiborne Pell) in December 1976 (with Talmadge and Nunn)
- Colorado (Floyd Haskell and Gary Hart) in January 1979 (with Talmadge and Nunn)
- New Hampshire (Thomas McIntyre and John Durkin) in January 1979 (with Talmadge and Nunn)
Illinois (Alan Dixon, Paul Simon) and Nevada (Harry Reid, Richard Bryan) last had all-Democratic delegations in the chamber at the same time as Georgia in January 1993 when Nunn and Wyche Fowler represented the Peach State.
Eleven states who have two Democrats in the senate in the 117th Congress today also had two Democrats during the 107th Congress when Georgia last sent two Democrats to D.C.: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Washington.
The states with the longest gap between being represented by two Democrats in the U.S. Senate at the same time as Georgia are Pennsylvania (January 1947), Utah (January 1947), and Idaho (October 1949).
That excludes the two states which have never sent all-Democratic delegations to the U.S. Senate: Kansas and Vermont.
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