California's 23rd congressional district

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California's 23rd congressional district
California's 23rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
California's 23rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Kevin McCarthy (RBakersfield)
Ethnicity 50.6% White, 5.9% Black, 4.5% Asian, 35.5% Hispanic, 3.5[1]% other
Cook PVI R+16

California's 23rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of California. The current district is centered in areas of the southern San Joaquin Valley and southern Sierra Nevada, the Tehachapi Mountains, and the northwestern Mojave Desert. It includes the cities of Mojave and Ridgecrest, as well as most of Bakersfield. Sequoia National Park and Sequoia National Forest are within it.

The district is represented in the 112th United States Congress by Republican Kevin McCarthy. In June 2014 McCarthy was elected Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

Former characteristics[edit]

From 2003–2013 the district ran along the Pacific coasts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. Major cities in the district included Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Oxnard.

Before redistricting by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission in 2011, California's 23rd Congressional District was one of the narrowest districts in the United States, stretching along the Pacific coast from Oxnard to the Monterey County line. It was often referred to as "the district that disappears at high tide" [2] or the "ribbon of shame." [3]

Voting[edit]

Election results from statewide races
Year Office Results
2010 Governor Brown 55.9 - 38.5%
Senator Boxer 55.9 - 38.4%
2008 President[4] Obama 65.3 - 32.3%
2006 Governor[5] Schwarzenegger 53.6 - 41.1%
Senator[6] Feinstein 62.3 - 33.1%
2004 President[7] Kerry 58.3 - 40.3%
Senator[8] Boxer 60.2 - 34.8%
2003 Recall[9][10] Yes 52.8 - 47.2%
Schwarzenegger 42.4 - 35.2%
2002 Governor[11] Davis 48.0 - 40.7%
2000 President[12] Gore 48.2 - 46.9%
Senator[13] Feinstein 51.2 - 41.5%
1998 Governor
Senator
1996 President
1994 Governor
Senator
1992 President Clinton 38.4 - 34.5%
Senator Herschensohn 49.4 - 40.6%
Senator Feinstein 46.2 - 45.3%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Notes Counties
District created January 3, 1943
Edouard Izac.png Edouard Izac Democratic January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1947 Redistricted from the 20th district, Lost re-election to Fletcher San Diego
No image.svg Charles K. Fletcher Republican January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949 Lost re-election to McKinnon
No image.svg Clinton D. McKinnon Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
ClydeDoyle.jpg Clyde Doyle Democratic January 3, 1953 – March 14, 1963 Redistricted from the 18th district, Died Los Angeles
Vacant March 14, 1963 – June 11, 1963
No image.svg Del M. Clawson Republican June 11, 1963 – January 3, 1973
January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1975 Redistricted to the 33rd district Los Angeles, Orange
No image.svg Thomas M. Rees Democratic January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1977 Redistricted from the 26th district Los Angeles
Abeilenson.jpg Anthony C. Beilenson Democratic January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 Redistricted to the 24th district Los Angeles (northern L.A. suburbs)
Elton Gallegly Portrait.jpg Elton Gallegly Republican January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2003 Redistricted from the 21st district, Redistricted to the 33rd district Santa Barbara (Carpinteria), Ventura
Lois Capps 2011 official photo.jpg Lois Capps Democratic January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2013 Redistricted from the 22nd district, Redistricted to the 24th district Coastal San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura
Kevin McCarthy2.jpg Kevin McCarthy Republican January 3, 2013 – Redistricted from the 22nd district southern Central Valley including parts of Bakersfield

Election results[edit]

194219441946194819501952195419561958196019621963 (Special)1964196619681970197219741976197819801982198419861988199019921994199619982000200220042006200820102012

1942[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1942[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edouard Izac (incumbent) 42,864 50.5%
Republican James B. Abbey 42,087 49.5%
Totals 84,951 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1944[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1944[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edouard Izac (incumbent) 86,707 55.1%
Republican James B. Abbey 70,787 44.9%
Totals 157,494 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1946[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1946[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles K. Fletcher 69,411 56.3%
Democratic Edouard Izac (incumbent) 53,898 43.7%
Totals 123,309 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1948[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1948[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clinton D. McKinnon 112,534 55.8%
Republican Charles K. Fletcher (inc.) 87,138 43.2%
Progressive Harry C. Steinmetz 2,017 1.0%
Totals 201,689 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

1950[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1950[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clinton D. McKinnon (inc.) 94,137 51%
Republican Leslie E. Gehres 90,398 49%
Totals 184,535 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1952[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1952[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clyde Doyle (incumbent) 138,356 87.5%
Progressive Olive T. Thompson 17,501 11.1%
Republican C. Cleveland (write-in) 2,329 1.4%
Totals 158,186 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1954[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1954[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clyde Doyle (incumbent) 90,729 70.9%
Republican Frank G. Bussing 34,911 27.3%
Progressive Olive T. Thompson 2,293 1.8%
Totals 127,933 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1956[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1956[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clyde Doyle (incumbent) 120,109 70.9%
Republican E. Elgie "Cal" Calvin 49,198 29.1%
Totals 169,207 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1958[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1958[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clyde Doyle (incumbent) 140,817 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1960[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1960[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clyde Doyle (incumbent) 148,415 74.2%
Republican Emmett A. Schwartz 51,548 25.8%
Totals 199,963 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1962[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Clyde Doyle (incumbent) 83,269 64.2%
Republican Emmett A. Schwartz 46,488 35.8%
Totals 129,757 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1963 (Special)[edit]

1963 special election[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Del M. Clawson ' 53.2%
Democratic Carley V. Porter 35.4%
Democratic Maurice H. Quigley 4.7%
Democratic Armand R. Porter 2.7%
Democratic James Earle Christo 1.4%
Democratic Lynn W. Johnston 1.4%
Republican Harold R. "Hal" Bennett 0.6%
Republican Harry L. Butler 0.6%
Totals ' 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

1964[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Del M. Clawson (incumbent) 90,721 55.4%
Democratic H. O. Van Pettin 72,903 44.6%
Totals 163,624 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1966[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Del M. Clawson (incumbent) 93,320 67.4%
Democratic Ed O'Connor 45,141 32.6%
Totals 138,461 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1968[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Del M. Clawson (incumbent) 95,628 64.9%
Democratic Jim Sperrazzo 51,606 35.1%
Totals 147,234 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1970[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Del M. Clawson (incumbent) 77,346 63.3%
Democratic G. L. "Jerry" Chapman 44,767 36.7%
Totals 122,113 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1972[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Del M. Clawson (incumbent) 118,731 61.4%
Democratic Conrad G. Tuohey 74,561 38.6%
Totals 193,292 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1974[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Thomas M. Rees (incumbent) 119,239 71.4%
Republican Jack E. Roberts 47,615 28.6%
Totals 166,854 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1976[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson 130,619 60.2%
Republican Thomas F. Bartman 86,434 39.8%
Totals 217,053 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1978[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (inc.) 117,498 65.6%
Republican Joseph Barbara 61,496 34.4%
Totals 178,994 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1980[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (inc.) 126,020 63.2%
Republican Robert "Bob" Winckler 62,742 31.5%
Libertarian Jeffrey P. Lieb 10,623 5.3%
Totals 199,385 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (inc.) 120,788 59.6%
Republican David Armor 82,031 40.4%
Totals 202,819 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (inc.) 140,461 61.6%
Republican Claude W. Parrish 84,093 36.9%
Libertarian Larry Leathers 3,580 1.6%
Totals 228,134 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (inc.) 121,468 65.7%
Republican George Woolverton 58,746 31.8%
Peace and Freedom Tom Hopke 2,521 1.4%
Libertarian Taylor Rhodes 2,019 1.1%
Totals 184,754 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (inc.) 147,858 63.5%
Republican Jim Salomon 77,184 33.1%
Libertarian John R. Vernon 4,503 1.9%
Peace and Freedom John Honigsfeld 3,316 1.4%
No party Write-ins 18 0.0%
Totals 232,879 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Anthony C. Beilenson (inc.) 103,141 61.7%
Republican Jim Salomon 57,118 34.2%
Peace and Freedom John Honigsfeld 6,834 4.1%
Totals 167,093 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Elton Gallegly (incumbent) 115,504 54.3%
Democratic Anita Perez Ferguson 88,225 41.4%
Libertarian Jay C. Wood 9,091 4.3%
No party Dunbar (write-in) 61 0.0%
Totals 212,881 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Elton Gallegly (incumbent) 114,043 66.17%
Democratic Kevin Ready 47,345 27.47%
Libertarian Bill Brown 6,481 3.76%
Green Robert T. Marston 4,457 2.59%
No party Nagode (write-in) 14 0.01%
Totals 172,340 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[42]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Elton Gallegly (incumbent) 118,880 59.6%
Democratic Robert Unruhe 70,035 35.2%
Libertarian Gail Lightfoot 8,346 4.1%
Natural Law Stephen Hospodar 2,246 1.1%
Totals 199,507 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Elton Gallegly (incumbent) 96,362 60.06%
Democratic Daniel "Dan" Gonzalez 64,068 39.94%
Totals 160,430 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Elton Gallegly (incumbent) 119,479 54.1%
Democratic Michael Case 89,918 40.7%
Reform Cary Savitch 6,473 3.0%
Libertarian Roger Peebles 3,708 1.6%
Natural Law Stephen P. Hospodar 1,456 0.6%
Totals 221,034 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 95,752 59.1%
Republican Beth Rogers 62,604 38.6%
Libertarian James E. Hill 3,866 2.3%
Totals 162,222 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 153,980 63.1%
Republican Don Regan 83,926 34.3%
Libertarian Michael Favorite 6,391 2.6%
Totals 244,297 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 114,661 65.2%
Republican Victor G. Tognazzini 61,272 34.8%
No party H.A. Gardner, Jr. (write-in) 18 0.0%
Totals 175,951 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 171,403 68.07%
Republican Matt Kokkonen 80,385 31.93%
Totals 251,788 100.00%
Voter turnout 77.41%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Lois Capps (incumbent) 111,768 57.8%
Republican Tom Watson 72,744 37.6%
Libertarian Darrell M. Stafford 3,326 1.7%
No party John V. Hager 5,625 2.9%
Totals 193,463 100.0%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[49]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Kevin McCarthy (incumbent) 158,161 73.2%
No party preference Terry Phillips 57,842 26.8%
Totals 216,003 100.0%
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "California's citizen commission final district maps: Find out what's changed where you live". Los Angeles Times. August 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ Patrick McGreevy (December 19, 2010). "New redistricting panel takes aim at bizarre political boundaries". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  3. ^ Aaron Blake (July 27, 2011). "Name that district! (Gerrymandering edition)". Washington Post. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ (2008 President)
  5. ^ Statement of Vote (2006 Governor)
  6. ^ Statement of Vote (2006 Senator)
  7. ^ Statement of Vote (2004 President)
  8. ^ Statement of Vote (2004 Senator)
  9. ^ Statement of Vote (2003 Recall Question)
  10. ^ Statement of Vote (2003 Governor)
  11. ^ Statement of Vote (2002 Governor)
  12. ^ Statement of Vote (2000 President)
  13. ^ Statement of Vote (2000 Senator)
  14. ^ 1942 election results
  15. ^ 1944 election results
  16. ^ 1946 election results
  17. ^ 1948 election results
  18. ^ 1950 election results
  19. ^ 1952 election results
  20. ^ 1954 election results
  21. ^ 1956 election results
  22. ^ 1958 election results
  23. ^ 1960 election results
  24. ^ 1962 election results
  25. ^ 1963 special election results
  26. ^ 1964 election results
  27. ^ 1966 election results
  28. ^ 1968 election results
  29. ^ 1970 election results
  30. ^ 1972 election results
  31. ^ 1974 election results
  32. ^ 1976 election results
  33. ^ 1978 election results
  34. ^ 1980 election results
  35. ^ 1982 election results
  36. ^ 1984 election results
  37. ^ 1986 election results
  38. ^ 1988 election results
  39. ^ 1990 election results
  40. ^ 1992 election results
  41. ^ 1994 election results
  42. ^ 1996 election results
  43. ^ 1998 election results
  44. ^ 2000 election results
  45. ^ 2002 general election results
  46. ^ 2004 general election results
  47. ^ 2006 general election results
  48. ^ 2010 general election results
  49. ^ 2012 general election results

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°30′N 120°27′W / 34.5°N 120.45°W / 34.5; -120.45