Random but interesting political


Random but interesting political trivia, courtesy of TPM intern Eric Kleefeld.

Before Senator Linc Chafee was turned out of office in 2006, when was the last time a senator had lost his seat in Rhode Island? Seventy years ago. It hadn’t happened since 1936.

And if you think that’s a streak. How about Vermont? An elected US Senator from Vermont has never been defeated for reelection.


Now, bear in mind that senators have only been elected for about a century. And there was one Vermont senator who got booted out of office. That was Republican Sen. Frank Partridge way back in 1930. But he was an appointee. The people of the state never voted him into office.