Colorado's 1st congressional district

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Colorado's 1st congressional district
Colorado's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Colorado's 1st congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Diana DeGette (DDenver)
Cook PVI D+18[1]

Colorado's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado based primarily in the City and County of Denver in the central part of the state. The district includes all of the City and County of Denver and the nearby suburbs of Glendale, Englewood, Sheridan, and Cherry Hills Village.

The district has been represented by Democrat Diana DeGette since 1997.

Based in the heart of Metropolitan Denver, this district is by far the most liberal district in the non-coastal parts of the American West and the most liberal district in the western US outside of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. While there is some GOP strength in the suburban areas, the GOP strength here is no match for the overwhelming Democratic tilt of the City of Denver.

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 1st Congressional district consisted of all of the City and County of Denver and parts of Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson counties.

2000s[edit]

Following the 2000 U.S. census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 1st Congressional district consists of parts of Arapahoe County including parts or all of the cities of Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Sheridan, Aurora and Glendale and all of the City and County of Denver.

2010s[edit]

Following the 2010 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 1st Congressional district consisted of all of the City and County of Denver and parts of Arapahoe County including parts or all of the cities of Englewood, Cherry Hills Village, Sheridan, Aurora and Glendale. Following the census the 1st district took in additional area in the southwestern suburbs which included parts of Jefferson County and parts or all of the cities of Columbine and Ken Caryl.

Characteristics[edit]

As with most urban districts, Colorado's 1st Congressional District is racially diverse and has proven to be friendly territory for Democrats. Only two Republicans have been elected to the district's Congressional seat since the Great Depression. Dean M. Gillespie was the district's representative from 1944 to 1947, and Mike McKevitt served one term from 1970 to 1972, winning thanks to an ideological split among Denver Democrats.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Gore 61 – 33%
2004 President Kerry 68 – 31%
2008 President Obama 74 – 24%
2012 President Obama 69 – 29%

Previous election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Colorado’s 1st Congressional District House Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Diana DeGette* 111,718 66.28%
Republican Ken Chlouber 49,884 29.59%
Green Ken Seaman 3,209 1.90%
Libertarian Kent Leonard 2,584 1.53%
Constitution George C. Lilly 1,169 0.69%
Majority 61,834 36.69%
Total votes 168,564 100.00%
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Colorado’s 1st Congressional District House Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Diana DeGette* 177,077 73.50%
Republican Roland Chicas 58,659 24.35%
Constitution George C. Lilly 5,193 2.16%
Majority 118,418 49.15%
Total votes 240,929 100.00%
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

Colorado’s 1st Congressional District House Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Diana DeGette* 129,446 79.77%
Republican Thomas D. Kelly 32,825 20.23%
Majority 96,621 59.54%
Total votes 162,271 100.00%
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

Colorado’s 1st Congressional District House Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Diana DeGette* 203,756 71.94%
Republican George C. Lilly 67,346 23.78%
Libertarian Martin L. Buchanan 12,136 4.28%
Majority 136,410 48.16%
Total votes 283,249 100.00%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Colorado’s 1st Congressional District House Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Diana DeGette* 140,073 67.42%
Republican Mike Fallon 59,747 28.76%
Green Gary Swing 2,923 1.41%
Libertarian Clint Jones 2,867 1.38%
Constitution Chris Styskal 2,141 1.03%
Majority 80,326 38.66%
Total votes 207,751 100.00%
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

Colorado’s 1st Congressional District House Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Diana DeGette* 237,579 68.23%
Republican Danny Stroud 93,217 26.77%
Libertarian Frank Atwood 12,585 3.61%
Green Gary Swing 4,829 1.39%
Majority 144,362 41.46%
Total votes 348,228 100.00%
Democratic hold

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1893
No image.svg Lafayette Pence Populist March 4, 1893 –
March 3, 1895
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John Shafroth.gif John Shafroth Silver Republican March 4, 1895 –
February 15, 1904
Resigned after declaring his conviction his opponent was elected
No image.svg Robert W. Bonynge Republican February 16, 1904 –
March 3, 1909
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
AttersonWRucker.jpg Atterson W. Rucker Democratic March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Kindel george.jpg George Kindel Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
BenjaminCHilliard.jpg Benjamin Hilliard Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 3, 1919
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
WilliamNVaile.jpg William Vaile Republican March 4, 1919 –
July 2, 1927
Died
Vacant July 3, 1927 –
November 14, 1927
No image.svg S. Harrison White Democratic November 15, 1927 –
March 3, 1929
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg William R. Eaton Republican March 4, 1929 –
March 3, 1933
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Lawrence Lewis.jpg Lawrence Lewis Democratic March 4, 1933 –
December 9, 1943
Died
Vacant December 9, 1943 –
March 7, 1944
No image.svg Dean M. Gillespie Republican March 7, 1944 –
January 3, 1947
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
JohnACarroll.jpg John A. Carroll Democratic January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
No image.svg Byron Rogers Democratic January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1971
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Mike McKevitt.jpg Mike McKevitt Republican January 3, 1971 –
January 3, 1973
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Patschroeder.jpg Patricia Schroeder Democratic January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1997
[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
Diana DeGette, official Congressional photo.JPG Diana DeGette Democratic January 3, 1997 –
present
First elected in 1996

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 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. 

Coordinates: 39°43′56″N 104°54′32″W / 39.73222°N 104.90889°W / 39.73222; -104.90889