Colorado's 3rd congressional district

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Colorado's 3rd congressional district
Colorado's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Colorado's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Scott Tipton (RCortez)
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Colorado's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. The district is located in western and south central Colorado, encompassing most of the rural Western Slope. It includes the cities of Grand Junction and Durango as well as southern portions of Colorado's eastern plains, including the city of Pueblo.

The district is currently represented by Republican Scott R. Tipton who defeated Democrat incumbent John Salazar in 2010.

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 3rd Congressional district consisted of Alamosa, Archuleta, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jackson, Lake, La Plata, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Park, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, San Miguel and Summit counties, as well as portions of Douglas, Fremont, and Jefferson counties.

2000s[edit]

Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 3rd Congressional district consisted of Alamosa, Archuleta, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jackson, La Plata, Las Animas, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, Pitkin, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Juan, and San Miguel counties and most of Otero County.

Characteristics[edit]

The district has two major population centers in Grand Junction and Pueblo. The two cities and their surrounding rural areas provide a competitive arena for congressional races. Grand Junction, on the Western Slope, provides a base for conservatism while Pueblo, a town with a large Latino population and (by Colorado norms) a heavily unionized workforce, provides a base of support for Democrats. George W. Bush received 55% of the vote in the district in 2004 while John McCain won the district in 2008 50%-47%.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races[2]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 54 - 39%
2004 President Bush 55 - 44%
2008 President McCain 50 - 47%
2012 President Romney 52 - 46%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Term Duration Congress District Home Electoral history
District created March 4, 1915 Districts 3 and 4 were created
from the former at-large district
Edward Keating.jpg Edward Keating Democratic March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1919
64th Pueblo First elected in 1912 (At-large district)

Lost re-election
65th
Guy Urban Hardy Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1933
66th Canon City First elected in 1918

Lost re-election
67th
68th
69th
70th
71st
72nd
John Andrew Martin Democratic March 4, 1933 –
December 23, 1939
73rd Pueblo First elected in 1932

Died
74th
75th
76th
Vacant December 23, 1939 –
November 5, 1940
76th
William Evans Burney Democratic November 5, 1940 –
January 3, 1941
76th Pueblo Won special election to finish remaining term

Did not run as a candidate for a full term
in the 1940 general election
John Edgar Chenoweth Republican January 3, 1941–
January 3, 1949
77th Trinidad First elected in 1940

Lost re-election
78th
79th
80th
John Henry Marsalis Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1951
81st Pueblo Elected in 1948

Lost re-election
John Edgar Chenoweth Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1965
82nd Trinidad Re-elected in 1950

Lost party re-nomination
83rd
84th
85th
86th
87th
88th
Frank Edward Evans.jpg Frank Evans Democratic January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1979
89th Beulah First elected in 1964

Retired
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
95th
Raymond P. Kogovsek.png Ray Kogovsek Democratic January 3, 1979 –
January 3, 1985
96th Pueblo First elected in 1978

Retired
97th
98th
Michael L. Strang.jpg Mike Strang Republican January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1987
99th Carbondale Elected in 1984

Lost re-election
BenNCampbell.jpg Ben Nighthorse Campbell Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1993
100th First elected in 1986

Retired to run for U.S. Senate
101st
102nd
Rep. Scott McInnis.jpg Scott McInnis Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2005
103rd Glenwood Springs First elected in 1992

Retired
104th
105th
106th
107th
108th
Rep John Salazar.jpg John Salazar Democratic January 3, 2005 –
January 3, 2011
109th Manassa First elected in 2004

Lost re-election
110th
111th
Scott Tipton, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.JPG Scott Tipton Republican January 3, 2011 –
present
112th Cortez First elected in 2010
113th

Election results[edit]

19141916191819201922192419261928193019321934193619381940 (Special)194019421944194619481950195219541956195819601962196419661968197019721974197619781980198219841986198819901992199419961998200020022004200620082010

1914[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1914[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward Keating 37,191 53.31%
Republican Neil N. McLean 32,567 46.69%
Totals 69,758 100.0%
Democratic win (new seat)

1916[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1916[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Edward Keating (incumbent) 40,183 54.12%
Republican George E. McClelland 31,137 41.93%
Socialist David McGrew 2,492 3.36%
Progressive William G. Francis 443 0.60%
Totals 74,255 100.0%
Democratic hold

1918[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1918[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy 31,715 50.95%
Democratic Edward Keating (incumbent) 29,075 46.71%
Socialist Edith Halcomb 1,453 2.33%
Totals 62,243 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

1920[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1920[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 43,426 57.65%
Democratic Samuel J. Burris 31,896 42.35%
Totals 75,322 100.0%
Republican hold

1922[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1922[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 43,508 52.41%
Democratic Chester B. Horn 39,500 47.59%
Totals 83,008 100.0%
Republican hold

1924[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1924[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 53,877 58.66%
Democratic Charles B. Hughes 37,976 41.34%
Totals 91,853 100.0%
Republican hold

1926[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1926[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 46,916 53.97%
Democratic Edmond I. Crockett 40,009 46.03%
Totals 86,925 100.0%
Republican hold

1928[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1928[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 64,116 64.90%
Democratic Harry A. McIntyre 34,670 35.10%
Totals 98,786 100.0%
Republican hold

1930[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1930[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 55,170 60.68%
Democratic Guy M. Weybright 35,744 39.32%
Totals 90,914 100.0%
Democratic hold

1932[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1932[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin 59,882 50.89%
Republican Guy U. Hardy (incumbent) 57,793 49.11%
Totals 117,675 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

1934[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1934[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin (incumbent) 73,281 64.15%
Republican W.O. Peterson 39,753 34.80%
Socialist Joseph T. Landis 1,199 1.05%
Totals 114,233 100.0%
Democratic hold

1936[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1936[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin (incumbent) 74,013 60.23%
Republican J. Arthur Phelps 48,871 39.77%
Totals 122,884 100.0%
Democratic hold

1938[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1938[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Andrew Martin (incumbent) 72,736 57.39%
Republican Henry Leonard 54,007 42.61%
Totals 126,743 100.0%
Democratic hold

1940 (Special)[edit]

Colorado's 3rd congressional district special election, 1940[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William E. Burney 68,225 50.95%
Republican Henry Leonard 65,675 49.05%
Totals 133,900 100.0%
Democratic hold

1940[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1940[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth 70,842 52.05%
Democratic Byron G. Rogers 65,269 47.95%
Totals 136,111 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

1942[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1942[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 55,838 62.75%
Democratic J.C. Jarrett 33,154 37.25%
Totals 88,992 100.0%
Republican hold

1944[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1944[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 69,492 56.32%
Democratic Arthur M. Winnell 53,904 43.68%
Totals 123,396 100.0%
Republican hold

1946[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1946[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 45,043 54.57%
Democratic Walter Walford Johnson 37,496 45.43%
Totals 82,539 100.0%
Republican hold

1948[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1948[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John H. Marsalis 65,114 50.70%
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 63,312 49.30%
Totals 128,426 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

1950[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1950[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth 58,831 51.63%
Democratic John H. Marsalis (incumbent) 55,110 48.37%
Totals 113,941 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

1952[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1952[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 84,739 57.74%
Democratic John H. Marsalis 62,025 42.26%
Totals 146,764 100.0%
Republican hold

1954[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1954[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 62,884 53.01%
Democratic Alva B. Adams, Jr. 55,750 46.99%
Totals 118,634 100.0%
Republican hold

1956[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1956[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 74,196 50.24%
Democratic Alva B. Adams, Jr. 73,501 49.76%
Totals 147,697 100.0%
Republican hold

1958[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1958[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 63,655 50.21%
Democratic Fred M. Betz 63,112 49.79%
Totals 126,767 100.0%
Republican hold

1960[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1960[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 85,825 52.05%
Democratic Franklin R. Stewart 79,069 47.95%
Totals 164,894 100.0%
Republican hold

1962[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1962[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 74,848 54.66%
Democratic Albert "Al" Tomsic 62,097 45.34%
Totals 136,945 100.0%
Republican hold

1964[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1964[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans 85,404 51.16%
Republican John Chenoweth (incumbent) 81,544 48.84%
Totals 166,948 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

1966[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1966[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 76,270 51.71%
Republican David W. Enoch 71,213 48.29%
Totals 147,483 100.0%
Democratic hold

1968[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1968[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 88,368 52.13%
Republican Paul Bradley 81,163 47.88%
Totals 169,531 100.0%
Democratic hold

1970[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1970[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 87,000 63.65%
Republican John "Jack" Mitchell, Jr. 45,610 33.37%
Raza Unida Martin P. Serna 1,828 1.34%
Peace Independent Walter Cranson 1,598 1.17%
American Independent Henry John Olshaw 652 0.48%
Totals 136,688 100.0%
Democratic hold

1972[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1972[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 107,511 66.34%
Republican Chuck Brady 54,556 33.66%
Totals 162,067 100.0%
Democratic hold

1974[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1974[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 91,783 67.95%
Republican E. Keith Records 43,298 32.05%
Totals 135,081 100.0%
Democratic hold

1976[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1976[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Frank Evans (incumbent) 89,302 50.96%
Republican Melvin Takaki 82,315 46.98%
Raza Unida Alfredo Archer 2,429 1.39%
American Independent Henry John Olshaw 1,186 0.68%
Totals 175,232 100.0%
Democratic hold

1978[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1978[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Raymond P. Kogovsek 69,669 49.26%
Republican Harold L. McCormick 69,303 49.00%
American Independent Henry John Olshaw 2,475 1.75%
Totals 141,447 100.0%
Democratic hold

1980[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1980[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Raymond P. Kogovsek (incumbent) 105,820 54.89%
Republican Harold L. McCormick 84,292 43.72%
Libertarian James S. Glennie 2,670 1.39%
Totals 192,782 100.0%
Democratic hold

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Raymond P. Kogovsek (incumbent) 92,384 53.44%
Republican Tom Wiena 77,409 44.77%
Libertarian Paul "Stormy" Mohn 2,439 1.41%
Independent Henry John Olshaw 656 0.38%
Totals 172,888 100.0%
Democratic hold

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michael L. Strang 122,669 56.83%
Democratic W. Mitchell 90,963 42.14%
Libertarian Robert Jahelka 1,358 0.63%
Independent Henry John Olshaw 880 0.41%
Totals 215,870 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nighthorse Campbell 95,353 51.86%
Republican Michael L. Strang (incumbent) 88,508 48.14%
Totals 183,861 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nighthorse Campbell (incumbent) 169,284 78.04%
Republican Jim Zartman 47,625 21.96%
Totals 216,909 100.0%
Democratic hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[42]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Ben Nighthorse Campbell (incumbent) 124,487 70.21%
Republican Bob Ellis 49,961 28.18%
Populist ('84-'96) Howard E. Fields 2,859 1.61%
Totals 177,307 100.0%
Democratic hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[43]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis 143,293 54.70%
Democratic Mike Callihan 114,480 43.70%
Populist ('84-'96) Ki R. Nelson 4,189 1.60%
Totals 261,962 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[44]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 145,365 69.62%
Democratic Linda Powers 63,427 30.38%
Totals 208,792 100.0%
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[45]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 183,523 68.87%
Democratic Albert Gurule 82,953 31.13%
Totals 266,476 100.0%
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[46]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 156,501 66.13%
Democratic Robert Reed Kelley 74,479 31.47%
Libertarian Barry Baggert 5,673 2.40%
Totals 236,653 100.0%
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[47]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 199,204 65.84%
Democratic Curtis Imrie 87,921 29.06%
Libertarian Drew Sakson 9,982 3.30%
Reform Victor A. Good 5,433 1.80%
Totals 302,540 100.0%
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[48]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott McInnis (incumbent) 143,433 65.80%
Democratic Dennis Berckefeldt 68,160 31.27%
Libertarian J. Brent Shroyer 4,370 2.01%
Natural Law Gary W. Swing 1,903 0.87%
Write-in Jason Alessio 106 0.05%
Totals 217,972 100.0%
Republican hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[49]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Salazar 153,500 50.55%
Republican Greg Walcher 141,376 46.56%
Unaffiliated Jim Krug 8,770 2.89%
Totals 303,646 100.0%
Democratic gain from Republican

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[50]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Salazar (incumbent) 146,488 61.59%
Republican Scott Tipton 86,930 36.55%
Libertarian Bert L. Sargent 4,417 1.86%
Green Bruce E. Lohmiller (as a write-in) 23 0.01%
Totals 237,858 100.0%
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[51]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic John Salazar (incumbent) 203,457 61.61%
Republican Wayne Wolf 126,762 38.39%
Totals 330,219 100.0%
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[52]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Tipton 129,257 50.10%
Democratic John Salazar (incumbent) 118,048 45.76%
Libertarian Gregory Gilman 5,678 2.20%
Unaffiliated Jake Segrest 4,982 1.93%
Write-in John W. Hargis, Sr. 23 0.01%
Write-in Jim Fritz 11 0.00%
Totals 257,999 100.0%
Republican gain from Democratic

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 38°44′36″N 107°20′42″W / 38.74333°N 107.34500°W / 38.74333; -107.34500