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Do you know your state's senators?

  • South Dakota: John Thune

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2005
    - Years in office: 15 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2022
    - Previous office(s): U.S. House; South Dakota Republican Party Executive Director

    John Thune won his first Senate election in 2004 and was re-elected in 2016. He serves on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Thune is up for re-election in 2022.

  • South Dakota: Mike Rounds

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2015
    - Years in office: 5 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2020
    - Previous office(s): Governor of South Dakota; South Dakota Senate

    Mike Rounds was first elected to the Senate in 2014. Prior to that, he was the governor of North Dakota. Rounds is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act and is up for re-election in 2020.

  • Tennessee: Lamar Alexander

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2003
    - Years in office: 17 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2020
    - Previous office(s): Governor of Tennessee; U.S. Secretary of Education

    Lamar Alexander was elected to the Senate in 2002. He serves on the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Alexander is up for re-election in 2020.

  • Tennessee: Marsha Blackburn

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2019
    - Years in office: 1 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2024
    - Previous office(s): U.S. House; Tennessee Senate

    Sen. Marsha Blackburn is an outspoken critic of China and has urged her colleagues to not so much as take meetings with representatives of Chinese companies. In May, she joined Sen. McSally in introducing legislation that would allow American citizens to sue the Chinese Communist Party over the spread of COVID-19.

  • Texas: John Cornyn

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Dec. 1, 2002
    - Years in office: 17 years, 6 months
    - Current term up in: 2020
    - Previous office(s): San Antonio District Judge; Texas Attorney General; Texas Supreme Court (Associate Justice)

    John Cornyn is the Senate Majority Whip, and has served since 2002. He was outspoken against the immigration reforms brought by President Barack Obama. Cornyn is up for re-election in 2020.

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  • Texas: Ted Cruz

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2013
    - Years in office: 7 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2024
    - Previous office(s): U.S. Assoc. Deputy AG; Texas Solicitor General

    Ted Cruz was elected to the Senate in 2012 after beating the Republican incumbent in a primary. Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada, and deeply opposed the Obama administration’s immigration reforms.

  • Utah: Mike Lee

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2011
    - Years in office: 9 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2022
    - Previous office(s): Assistant United States Attorney

    Mike Lee won re-election in 2016. He serves on the Joint Economic Committee and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Lee is up for re-election in 2022.

  • Utah: Mitt Romney

    - Political party affiliation: Republican
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2019
    - Years in office: 1 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2024
    - Previous office(s): Governor of Massachusetts

    Sen. Mitt Romney has been a wildcard member of the Republican party in the last year. He cast the sole Republican vote to impeach President Trump, marched in protest of police brutality following the death of George Floyd, and joined former President George W. Bush in saying he would not support President Trump’s re-election bid.

  • Vermont: Bernie Sanders

    - Political party affiliation: Independent
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 2007
    - Years in office: 13 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2024
    - Previous office(s): U.S. House; Mayor of Burlington, Vermont

    Bernie Sanders is seen as a national leader of progressive politics. He began his career in the Senate in 2007, and had two unsuccessful runs for president. He will be up for re-election in the Senate in 2024.

  • Vermont: Patrick J. Leahy

    - Political party affiliation: Democratic
    - Assumed Senate seat on: Jan. 3, 1975
    - Years in office: 45 years, 4 months
    - Current term up in: 2022
    - Previous office(s): State's Attorney, Chittenden County, Vermont

    Patrick Leahy was re-elected to the Senate in 2016. His seat is considered safe for Democrats. Leahy serves on the Joint Committee on the Library and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. He is up for re-election in 2022.

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