Since Utah became a U.S. state in 1896, it has sent congressional delegations to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives. Each state elects two senators to serve for six years. Before the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, senators were elected by the Utah State Legislature. Members of the House of Representatives are elected to two-year terms, one from each of Utah's four congressional districts. Before becoming a state, the Territory of Utah elected a non-voting delegate at-large to Congress from 1850 to 1896.
57 people have served either the Territory or State of Utah: 14 in the Senate, 41 in the House, and 2 in both houses. The average term for senators has been 15.3 years and the average term for representatives has been 6.7 years. The longest-serving senator is Orrin Hatch, in office since 1977. The longest-serving representative is James V. Hansen, in office for 22 years from 1981 to 2003. Four women have been members of Utah's congressional delegation, Reva Beck Bosone, Karen Shepherd, Enid Greene and Mia Love, all as representatives.
In 2013, following the 2010 United States Census, a 4th district was added. A new congressional redistricting map was approved by the Republican legislature and signed into law by Republican Governor Gary Herbert.
Each state elects two senators by statewide popular vote every six years. The terms of the two senators are staggered so that they are not elected in the same year. Utah's senators are elected in the years from classes I and III. Senators were originally chosen by the Utah House of Representatives until the Seventeenth Amendment came into force in 1913.
There have been sixteen senators elected from Utah, of whom five have been Democrats and eleven have been Republicans. Utah's current senators are Republicans Orrin Hatch, in office since 1977, and Mike Lee, in office since 2011. Hatch was re-elected in 2006 with 61% of the vote, and Lee was elected in 2010 with 62% of the vote.
|Class I Senators||Congress||Class III Senators|
|Frank J. Cannon (R)||54th (1895–1897)||Arthur Brown (R)|
|55th (1897–1899)||Joseph L. Rawlins (D)|
|Thomas Kearns (R)
|58th (1903–1905)||Reed Smoot (R)
|George Sutherland (R)||59th (1905–1907)|
|William H. King (D)||65th (1917–1919)|
|73rd (1933–1935)||Elbert D. Thomas (D)|
|Abe Murdock (D)||77th (1941–1943)|
|Arthur V. Watkins (R)||80th (1947–1949)|
|82nd (1951–1953)||Wallace F. Bennett (R)
|Frank Moss (D)||86th (1959–1961)|
|Jake Garn (R)|
|Orrin Hatch (R)||95th (1977–1979)|
|103rd (1993–1995)||Robert Bennett (R)|
|112th (2011–2013)||Mike Lee (R)|
The Territory of Utah was an organized incorporated territory of the United States formed on September 9, 1850. The territory initially consisted of present-day Utah, most of Nevada, and portions of Colorado and Wyoming. On February 28, 1861, the creation of Colorado Territory took land from the eastern side of Utah Territory. Nevada Territory was organized from the western section of Utah Territory on March 2, 1861. Also on that date, Nebraska Territory gained area from the northeastern part of Utah Territory. Nevada Territory gained area from Utah Territory on July 14, 1862, and again on May 5, 1866, after becoming a state. Wyoming Territory was created on July 25, 1868, from Nebraska Territory, taking more area from the northeast corner and giving Utah Territory its final borders.
The territorial delegates were elected to two-year terms. Delegates were allowed to serve on committees, debate, and submit legislation, but were not permitted to vote on bills. Delegates only served in the House of Representatives as there was no representation in the Senate until Utah became a state.
|John M. Bernhisel (Ind.)|
|William H. Hooper (D)|
|John M. Bernisel (Ind.)|
|John F. Kinney (D)|
|William H. Hooper (D)|
|George Q. Cannon (R)|
|George Q. Cannon (R)
|John T. Caine (D)
|John T. Caine (D)|
|John T. Caine (Pop.)|
|Joseph L. Rawlins (D)|
|Frank J. Cannon (R)|
Members of the House of Representatives are elected every two years by popular vote within a congressional district. From 1895 till 1913, Utah had an at-large congressional district that represented the entire state. Every ten years, the number of congressional districts is reapportioned based on the state's population as determined by the United States Census; Utah has had four districts since 2013.
|At-large from 1893–1913
1st from 1913–current
|Clarence Emir Allen (R)|
|William H. King (D)|
|Brigham H. Roberts (D)
|William H. King (D)
|George Sutherland (R)|
|Joseph Howell (R)|
|Jacob Johnson (R)|
|James Henry Mays (D)|
|Milton H. Welling (D)|
|Don B. Colton (R)||Elmer O. Leatherwood (R)
|Frederick C. Loofbourow (R)|
|Abe Murdock (D)||J. W. Robinson (D)|
|Walter K. Granger (D)|
|William A. Dawson (R)|
|Reva B. Bosone (D)|
|Douglas R. Stringfellow (R)||William A. Dawson (R)|
|Henry A. Dixon (R)|
|David S. King (D)|
|M. Blaine Peterson (D)|
|Laurence J. Burton (R)||Sherman P. Lloyd (R)|
|David S. King (D)|
|Sherman P. Lloyd (R)|
|K. Gunn McKay (D)|
|Wayne Owens (D)|
|Allan Turner Howe (D)|
|David D. Marriott (R)|
|James V. Hansen (R)|
|Howard C. Nielson (R)|
|David S. Monson (R)|
|Wayne Owens (D)|
|Bill Orton (D)|
|Karen Shepherd (D)|
|Enid Greene (R)|
|Merrill Cook (R)||Chris Cannon (R)|
|Jim Matheson (D)|
|Rob Bishop (R)|
|Jason Chaffetz (R)|
|Chris Stewart (R)||Jim Matheson (D)|
|Mia Love (R)|
|John Curtis (R)|
As of July 2017[update], there are nine living former members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
|Representative||Term of office||District||Date of birth (and age)|
|David Daniel Marriott||1977–1985||2nd||November 2, 1939|
|James V. Hansen||1981–2003||1st||August 14, 1932|
|Howard C. Nielson||1983–1991||3rd||September 12, 1924|
|David S. Monson||1985–1987||2nd||June 20, 1945|
|Karen Shepherd||1993–1995||2nd||July 5, 1940|
|Enid Greene||1995–1997||2nd||June 5, 1958|
|Chris Cannon||1997–2009||3rd||October 20, 1950|
|Jim Matheson||2001–2015||2nd (2001–2013)
|March 21, 1960|
|Jason Chaffetz||2009–2017||3rd||March 26, 1967|
As of May 2016[update], there is one former living U.S. Senator from Class 3.
|Senator||Term of office||Class||Date of birth (and age)|
|Jake Garn||1974–1993||3||October 12, 1932|
These are tables of congressional seats in other states, other federal offices, and governorships held by members of Utah's congressional delegation.
|Senator||Senatorial term||Other offices held||Source|
|George Sutherland||1897–1903||Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1922–1938)|||
|Elbert D. Thomas||1933–1951||High Commissioner of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (1951–1953)|||
|Representative||Congressional term||Other offices held||Source|
|Jacob Johnson||1913–1915||United States District Attorney 1880–1888|||
|David S. King||1959–1963
|United States Ambassador to Madagascar (1967–1969)
United States Ambassador to Mauritius (1968–1969)
|David S. Monson||1985–1987||Lieutenant Governor of Utah (1977–1984)|||
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