Arizona's 8th congressional district

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Arizona's 8th congressional district
Arizona's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Arizona's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Trent Franks (RGlendale)
Area 9,057 mi²
Distribution 87.3% urban, 12.7% rural
Population (2000) 641,329
Median income $40,656
Ethnicity 73.9% White, 3% Black, 2.1% Asian, 18.2% Hispanic, 0.8% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+15≠[1]

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.

History[edit]

From 2003 to 2013 it encompassed the extreme southeastern part of the state. It included all of Cochise County and parts of Pima, Pinal, and Santa Cruz counties.

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.[2]

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.

2012 redistricting[edit]

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.[3]

George W. Bush received 53% of the vote in this district in 2004. Arizona resident John McCain carried the district in 2008 with 52.37% of the vote, while Barack Obama received 46.43%.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 50 - 46%
2004 President Bush 53 - 46%
2008 President McCain 52 - 46%
2012 President Romney 62 - 37%

List of representatives[edit]

Arizona began sending an eighth member to the House after the 2000 Census. Prior to this time, most of the 8th's current territory was in the 5th district.

Representative Party Term Congress(es) District description:
Counties[4][5][6]
Electoral history
Jim Kolbe.jpg Jim Kolbe Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2007
108
109
Southeast Arizona,
including parts of Tucson:
Cochise,
Pima (part),
Pinal (part),
Santa Cruz (part)
Redistricted from the 5th district and re-elected in 2002
Re-elected in 2004
Retired
Gabrielle Giffords official portrait.jpg Gabrielle Giffords Democratic January 3, 2007 –
January 25, 2012
110
111
112
First elected in 2006
Re-elected in 2008
Re-elected in 2010
Resigned
Vacant January 25, 2012 –
June 12, 2012
112
Rob barber, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Ron Barber Democratic June 12, 2012 -
January 3, 2013
Elected to finish Giffords's term, Redistricted to the 2nd district
TrentFranks.JPG Trent Franks Republican January 3, 2013 –
present
113 - Redistricted from the 2nd district and re-elected in 2012

Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Kolbe 126,930 63.33%
Democratic Mary Judge Ryan 67,328 33.59%
Libertarian Joe Duarte 6,142 3.06%
Write-in Jim Dorrance 28 0.01%
Majority 59,602 29.74%
Total votes 200,428 100.00%
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Kolbe* 183,363 60.36%
Democratic Eva Bacal 109,963 36.20%
Libertarian Robert Anderson 10,443 3.44%
Majority 73,400 24.16%
Total votes 303,769 100.00%
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gabrielle Dee Giffords 137,655 54.25%
Republican Randy Graf 106,790 42.09%
Libertarian David F. Nolan 4,849 1.91%
Independent Jay Quick 4,408 1.74%
Majority 30,865 12.16%
Total votes 253,720 100.00%
Democratic gain from Republican

2008[edit]

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gabrielle Dee Giffords* 179,629 54.72%
Republican Tim Bee 140,553 42.82%
Libertarian Paul Davis 8,081 2.46%
Majority 39,076 11.90%
Total votes 328,266 100.00%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Gabrielle Dee Giffords* 138,280 48.76%
Republican Jesse Kelly 134,124 47.30%
Libertarian Steven Stoltz 11,174 3.94%
Majority 4,156 1.46%
Total votes 283,578 100.00%
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

Arizona’s 8th Congressional District Special House Election — June 12, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ron Barber 111,203 52.32%
Republican Jesse Kelly 96,465 45.39%
Green Charlie Manolakis 4,869 2.29%
Majority 14,739 6.93%
Total votes 212,538 100.00%
Democratic hold
Arizona’s 8th Congressional District House General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Trent Franks* 172,809 63.35%
Democratic Gene Scharer 95,635 35.06%
Americans Elect Stephen Dolgos 4,347 1.59%
Majority 77,174 28.29%
Total votes 272,791 100.00%
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2005 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Condon, Stephanie (January 23, 2012). "Gabrielle Giffords' resignation prompts special election". CBS News. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Maps for the 2012 election". Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts, 1789-1983. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1982.
  5. ^ Martis, Kenneth C., The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress, 1789-1989. New York: Macmillan Publishing, 1989.
  6. ^ Congressional Directory: Browse 105th Congress

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°41′44″N 112°17′59″W / 33.69556°N 112.29972°W / 33.69556; -112.29972