Heading to the Hill? Former State Legislators Running for the 113th Congress (Senate)

Every two years, hundreds of current and former state legislators run for U.S. Congress. Most are incumbents running for reelection, but some are seeking a seat for the first time. 2012 is no different. With the election around the corner, NCSL compiled a comprehensive list of every candidate for Congress who has served in a state legislature.

In total, 305 current and former state legislators are running for Congress in 2012. Not surprisingly, the vast majority of these candidates (272) are seeking a House seat, while the remaining 33 are running for Senate. On the Senate side, former state legislators are running in 24 of the 33 races. While nine races do not include at least one candidate with state legislative experience, in nine other races both candidates are former state legislators.

This list features every race for U.S. Senate in 2012 and includes former state legislators as well as candidates who were not former state legislators. Former state legislators are bolded, while incumbent senators are italicized. The House version of this list can be found here.


Former State Legislators Running for the 113th Congress (Senate) - Pre-Election 2012 (bold = former state legislator | italics = incumbent)

State

Democrat

Republican

Independent

Arizona Richard Carmona Jeff Flake  
California Diane Feinstein Elizabeth Emken  
Connecticut Chris Murphy Linda McMahon  
Delaware Tom Carper Kevin Wade  
Florida Bill Nelson Connie Mack  
Hawaii Mazie Hirono Linda Lingle  
Indiana Joe Donnelly Richard Mourdock  
Maine Cynthia Dill Charles Summers Angus King
Maryland Ben Cardin Dan Bongino Rob Sobhani
Massachusetts Elizabeth Warren Scott Brown  
Michigan Debbie Stabenow Peter Hoekstra  
Minnesota Amy Klobuchar Kurt Bills  
Mississippi Albert N. Gore Roger Wicker  
Missouri Claire McCaskill Todd Akin  
Montana Jon Tester Denny Rehberg  
Nebraska Bob Kerrey Deb Fischer  
Nevada Shelley Berkley Dean Heller  
New Jersey Bob Menendez Joe Kyrillos  
New Mexico Martin Henrich Heather Wilson  
New York Kirsten Gillibrand Wendy Long  
North Dakota Heidi Heitkamp Rick Berg  
Ohio Sherrod Brown Josh Mandel  
Pennsylvania Bob Casey Tom Smith  
Rhode Island Sheldon Whitehouse Barry Hinckley  
Tennessee Mark Clayton Bob Corker  
Texas Paul Sadler Ted Cruz  
Utah Scott Howell Orrin Hatch  
Vermont   John MacGovern Bernie Sanders
Virginia Tim Kaine George Allen  
Washington Maria Cantwell Michael Baumgartner  
West Virginia Joe Manchin John Raese  
Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin Tommy Thompson  
Wyoming Tim Chesnut John Barrasso