Florida Senators are comprised of politicians that were very influential. Florida was admitted to the Union on March 3, 1845. Like most southern states, there is a disruption in their Senator history due the Civil War. Florida seceded from the Union in 1861 and returned in 1868. Florida elects its Senators to Class 1 and Class 3.
- Paula Hawkins. She served in the Senate from January 1, 1981 to January 3, 1987 as a Republican. She was the first and only U. S. Senator from Florida. This Florida Senator started her electoral career by campaigning as a consumer advocate. She made child welfare a priority. Some of her accomplishments include: passing the 1982 Missing Children's Act, chairing Investigation and Oversight Subcommittee in 1983 and launching an investigation on the increase of children reported missing.
- David Levy Yulee. He served in the Senate from July 1, 1845 to March 3, 1851 and March 4, 1855 to January 21, 1861 as a Democratic. He was the first Jewish member of the U. S. Senate. Yulee was a U.S. Senator Class 1 for his first term and Class 3 for the second term that he held in 1855.
- Jackson Morton. He served in the Senate from March 4, 1849 to March 4, 1855 as a member of the Whig party. He was also a member of the Congress of the Confederate States during the American Civil War. In 1848 he was a presidential elector for the Whig party. He was not eligible for re-election and went back in to the lumber business.
- Charles William Jones. He served in the Senate from March 4, 1875 to March 4, 1887 as a Democratic. He abandoned his office due to mental illness. Many rumors surround Jones’ private life and mental health. In 1890 he was diagnosed with monomania
- Duncan Upshaw Fletcher. He served in the Senate from March 4, 1909 to June 17, 1936 as a Democratic. Fletcher was the longest serving U. S. Senator in Florida’s history. He made a name for himself as mayor and then in 1901 he aided in rebuilding Jacksonville after a devastating fire.
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