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  1. On October 19, 1943, for the first time, a woman formally took up the gavel as the Senate's presiding officer. In the absence of the vice president and the president pro tempore, the duties of the chair were assigned to Arkansas senator Hattie Caraway. The first woman elected to the Senate, Caraway had presided once before.

  2. One of those pioneers was Leona Wells,who joined the Senate's clerical staff on January 14, 1901, and remained on the payroll for the next 25 years. Congressional correspondents dubbed Wells, likely the first woman to hold to a professional clerical position in the Senate, “the best-paid woman in Washington.”

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    • Dianne Feinstein (June 22, 1933 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 88 years, 10 months, 7 days. State: California. Political Party: Democratic. Assumed Office: November 4, 1992.
    • Chuck Grassley (September 17, 1933 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 88 years, 7 months, 12 days. Political Party: Republican. Assumed Office: January 3, 1981.
    • Richard Shelby (May 6, 1934 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 87 years, 11 months, 23 days. State: Alabama. Political Party: Republican. Assumed Office: January 3, 1987.
    • Jim Inhofe (November 17, 1934 – Present) Current Age (as of April 2022): 87 years, 5 months, 12 days. State: Oklahoma. Political Party: Republican. Assumed Office: November 16, 1994.
    • Strom Thurmond (December 5, 1902 – June 26, 2003) Oldest Age While Serving: 100 years, 29 days. State: South Carolina. Party: Democratic (before 1964) and Republican (from 1964 – 2003)
    • Theodore F. Green (October 2, 1867 – May 19, 1966) Oldest Age While Serving: 93 years, 3 months, 1 day. State: Rhode Island. Party: Democratic. Years Served: January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1961 (24 years)
    • Robert Byrd (November 20, 1917 – June 28, 2010) Oldest Age While Serving: 92 years, 7 months, 8 days. State: West Virginia. Party: Democratic. Years Served: January 3, 1959 – June 28, 2010 (51 years, 5 months, 26 days)
    • Carl Hayden (October 2, 1877 – January 25, 1972) Oldest Age While Serving: 91 years, 3 months, 1 day. State: Arizona. Party: Democratic. Years Served: March 4, 1927 – January 3, 1969 (41 years, 9 months, 30 days)
  4. The first female U.S. senator, Rebecca Latimer Felton, represented Georgia for a single day in 1922, and the first woman elected to the Senate, Hattie Caraway, was elected from Arkansas in 1932. Fifty-eight women have served in the upper house of the United States Congress since its establishment in 1789.

  5. Apr 14, 2007 · When Ronald Reagan left office, he was the oldest person to ever be the President of the United States, at 78 years old. He was also the oldest person elected president, at 69 years old. If John ...

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