Skip to main content
State sealflag
Photo of Senator Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul (R)
Hometown: Bowling Green
Web Form

Photo of Senator Mitch McConnell

Senator Mitch McConnell (R)
Hometown: Louisville
Web Form


Kentucky became the 15th state to join the Union on June 1, 1792. Kentucky’s first two senators, John Brown and John Edwards, were elected on June 18, 1792, and were seated on November 5, 1792. Kentucky’s longest-serving senators include Wendell Ford (1974-1999) and Mitch McConnell (1985-present). Among those who rose to leadership positions are John Brown and John Pope, both of whom served as the Senate’s president pro tempore, and Alben Barkley and Mitch McConnell, both of whom served as party floor leaders. As vice president, both Barkley and John C. Breckinridge became the Senate’s constitutional president, or presiding officer.

Additional State Information