There are 31 living Americans who served in the United States Senate with Clifford Case, the last Republican to win a U.S. Senate race in New Jersey.
Thad Cochran, who died today at age 81, began his 40-year tenure in the Senate just six days before Case left office.
After 37 years in the Senate, James Eastland resigned six days early so the governor of Mississippi could appoint Cochran – a move that have the freshman senator a jump on seniority. He resigned fourteen months ago for health reasons.
Case served in the Senate for 24 years before losing re-election in the 1978 GOP primary. He was replaced by Democrat Bill Bradley, who was elected the same day as Cochran.
The living former U.S. Senators who served with Case, in the order of their Senate service: Fred Harris (Oklahoma), Walter Mondale (Minnesota), Mike Gravel (Alaska), Bob Packwood (Oregon), Bob Dole (Kansas), Adlai Stevenson III (Illinois), David Gambrell (Georgia), James Buckley (New York), Bill Brock (Tennessee), Lowell Weicker (Connecticut), Sam Nunn (Georgia), Bennett Johnston (Louisiana), Dick Clark (Iowa), James Abourezk (South Dakota), Joe Biden (Delaware), Jake Garn (Utah), Richard Stone (Florida), Gary Hart (Colorado), Donald Riegle (Michigan), John Danforth (Missouri), Kaenester Hodges (Arkansas), Harrison Schmitt (New Mexico), Dennis DeConcini (Arizona), Jim Sasser (Tennessee), Paul Sarbanes (Maryland), Orrin Hatch (Utah), and Donald Stewart (Arkansas).
Four more Senators elected in 1978 took office a few days early to get a jump on seniority and also served with Case: Rudy Boschwitz (Minnesota), David Durenberger (Minnesota), Nancy Landon Kassebaum (Kansas) and Max Baucus (Montana).