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Aughts saw highest turnover of U.S. Senators in a generation

Change can come to the U.S. Senate. But it might take 10 or 15 years.

It turns out that the aughts, or the first decade of the 21st Century, saw the highest turnover of Senators in a generation and the sixth-highest since the direct election of senators began in 1914.

From 2000 to 2010, there have been 71 new senators. That's the most since 1970 to 1980, when there were 91 new senators.

As we wrote in First Thoughts, there will be 16 new senators this Congress, the largest freshman class in the Senate since 1980, when there were 18 new members.

The highest turnover in any decade was from 1920 to 1930, when there were 100 new senators.

TOP DECADES OF SENATE TURNOVER
1. 1920-30: 100
2. 1940-50: 98
3. 1930-40: 94
4. 1970-80: 91
5. 1950-60: 81
6. 2000-10: 71

SOURCE: Congressional Directory via U.S. Senate official Web site.