Arizona's 8th congressional district
|Arizona's 8th congressional district|
|Current Representative||Trent Franks (R–Glendale)|
|Distribution||87.3% urban, 12.7% rural|
|Ethnicity||73.9% White, 3% Black, 2.1% Asian, 18.2% Hispanic, 0.8% Native American, 0.1% other|
Arizona's 8th congressional district is a congressional district located in the U.S. state of Arizona. It includes many of the suburbs north and west of Phoenix.
It was represented from 2007 to 2012 by Democrat Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and severely wounded at a public event on January 8, 2011. Giffords resigned her seat in January 2012. A special election that was on June 12, 2012 elected Ron Barber as the new congressman.
For the 2012 election, Barber was redistricted to the 2nd district, which includes the bulk of the old 8th district. The 8th was redrawn to include nearly all of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd District. That district's congressman, Republican Trent Franks, won the election for the new 8th.
After redistricting for the 2012 general election, most of the current 8th district became the 2nd congressional district, while the new 8th district encompases most of the Maricopa County portion of the old 2nd district—the western suburbs of Phoenix.
|Election results from presidential races|
|2000||President||Bush 50 - 46%|
|2004||President||Bush 53 - 46%|
|2008||President||McCain 52 - 46%|
|2012||President||Romney 62 - 37%|
List of representatives
|Jim Kolbe||Republican||January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
including parts of Tucson:
Santa Cruz (part)
|Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 2002
Re-elected in 2004
|Gabrielle Giffords||Democratic||January 3, 2007 –
January 25, 2012
|First elected in 2006
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
|Vacant||January 25, 2012 –
June 12, 2012
|Ron Barber||Democratic||June 12, 2012 -
January 3, 2013
|Elected to finish Giffords's term, Redistricted to the 2nd district|
|Trent Franks||Republican||January 3, 2013 –
||113 -||Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 2012
|Republican Party||Jim Kolbe||112,872||63|
|Democratic Party||Mary Judge Ryan||60,536||34|
|Libertarian Party||Joe Duarte||5,520||3|
|Republican Party||Jim Kolbe||183,363||60.4||-2.6%|
|Democratic Party||Eva Bacal||109,963||36.2||+2.2%|
|Libertarian Party||Robert Anderson||10,443||3.4||+0.4%|
|Democratic Party||Gabrielle Giffords||114,794||54.1||+17.9%|
|Republican Party||Randy Graf||89,609||42.2||-18.2%|
|Libertarian Party||David Nolan||4,025||1.9||-1.5%|
|Arizona's 8th congressional district election, 2008|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Giffords (incumbent)||179,629||54.72||+0.62%|
|Independent||Paul Price (write-in)||3||0.00||—|
|Arizona's 8th congressional district election, 2010|
|Democratic||Gabrielle Giffords (incumbent)||138,280||48.7%|
Special: June 12, 2012
|Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2012|
General: November 6, 2012
Trent Franks (redistricted from the 2nd district) won with 63.6% of the vote.
- "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- Condon, Stephanie (January 23, 2012). "Gabrielle Giffords' resignation prompts special election". CBS News. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- "Maps for the 2012 election". Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012.
- Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1982.
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- Congressional Directory: Browse 105th Congress
- "STATE OF ARIZONA OFFICIAL CANVASS: 2008 General Election – November 4, 2008" (PDF). Secretary of State of Arizona. December 1, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2008.
- Demographic information at census.gov
- 2004 Election data at CNN.com
- 2002 Election data from CBSNews.com
- Maps of Congressional Districts first in effect for the 2002 election
- Maps for the 2012 election