The U.S. Census Bureau reported on August 15, 2006, that 46 members of the United States Senate represent states in which the majority of households are headed by unmarried adults.  That number is up from 26 Senators as reported in the the full 2000 Census and 2 Senators in 1990.  Of these 46 senators, 25 are Republicans 20 are Democrats and one is an Independent. 

The households in the 23 "unmarried majority" states listed below consist of a variety of living arrangements, including solo singles, roommates, unmarried partners, single parents, and unmarried relatives sharing a house or apartment.  The table below has links to some website pages for some of the Senators.











 

State Senator Main Local Office Percent Households
Headed by Unmarried
per 1990
full Census
Percent Households
Headed by Unmarried
per 2000
full Census
Percent of Households
Headed by Unmarried
per 2005 American
Community Survey

Click on the names of Senators for more information on them and their states.

Alabama Richard Shelby (R) Tuscaloosa 43.0 48.3 50.2
  Jeff Sessions (R) Montgomery 43.0 48.3 50.2
Alaska Ted Stevens (R) Anchorage 43.8 47.5 50.1
  Lisa Murkowski (R) Anchorage 43.8 47.5 50.1
Arizona John McCain (R) Phoenix 45.4 47.8 51.1
  Jon Kyl (R) Phoenix 45.4 47.8 51.1
California Barbara Boxer (D) San Francisco 47.3 50.5 50.3
  Dianne Feinstein (D) San Francisco 47.3 50.5 50.3
Colorado Wayne Allard (R) Englewood 46.2 48.2 50.1
  Ken Salazar (D) Denver 46.2 48.2 50.1
Florida Bill Nelson (D) Orlando 45.6 51.1 52.1
  Mel Martinez (R) Tallahassee 45.6 51.1 52.1
Georgia Saxy Chambliss (R) Atlanta 44.8 48.5 50.5
  Johnny Isaacson (R) Atlanta 44.8 48.5 50.5
Illinois Richard Durbin (D) Chicago 45.9 48.7 50.3
  Barak Obama (D) Chicago 45.9 48.7 50.3
Louisiana David Vitter (R) New Orleans 46.4 51.1 54.1
  Mary Landrieu (D) New Orleans 46.4 51.1 54.1
Maryland Paul S. Sarbanes (D) Baltimore 45.8 49.8 51.0
  Barbara A. Mikulski (D) Baltimore 45.8 49.8 51.0
Massachusetts Edward Kennedy (D) Boston 47.9 51.0 52.4
  John Kerry (D) Boston 47.9 51.0 52.4
Mississippi Thad Cochran (R) Jackson 45.3 50.2 53.5
  Trent Lott (R) Jackson 45.3 50.2 53.5
Nevada John Ensign (R) Las Vegas 48.6 50.3 52.5
  Harry Reid (D) Las Vegas 48.6 50.3 52.5
New Mexico Pete Domenici (R) Albuquerque 44.0 49.6 52.1
  Jeff Bingaman (D) Santa Fe 44.0 49.6 52.1
New York Charles Schumer (D) New York City 50.1 53.4 55.1
  Hillary Clinton (D) New York City 50.1 53.4 55.1
North Carolina Elizabeth Dole (R) Raleigh 43.4 47.5 50.7
  Richard Burr (R) Winston-Salem 43.4 47.5 50.7
Ohio Mike DeWine (R) Columbus 43.9 48.6 50.6
  George Voinovich (R) Columbus 43.9 48.6 50.6
Oregon Ron Wyden (D) Portland 44.4 48.1 50.6
  Gordon Smith (R) Portland 44.4 48.1 50.6
Pennsylvania Arlen Specter (R) Philadelphia 44.3 48.3 50.2
  Rick Santorum (R) Pittsburgh 44.3 48.3 50.2
Rhode Island Jack Reed (D) Cranston 46.5 51.8 53.2
  Lincoln Chafee (R) Providence 46.5 51.8 53.2
Tennessee Bill Frist (R) Nashville 42.8 47.4 50.2
  Lamar Alexander (R) Nashville 42.8 47.4 50.2
Vermont Patrick Leahy (D) Burlington 43.6 47.5 51.5
  James Jeffords (I) Montpelier 43.6 47.5 51.5
Washington Maria Cantwell (D) Seattle 45.0 48.0 50.2
  Patty Murray (D) Seattle 45.0 48.0 50.2
           

 

 

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