Colorado's 6th congressional district

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Colorado's 6th congressional district
Current Representative Mike Coffman (RAurora)
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Colorado's 6th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Colorado. Located in central Colorado, the district encompasses much of the southern part of the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, including the suburbs of Littleton, Centennial and portions of Aurora. Redistricting in 2012 added some suburbs to the north of Denver including Brighton and Henderson.

The district is currently represented by Republican Michael Coffman, the former Colorado Secretary of State, and is one of the wealthiest congressional districts in the country with a median income of $73,393.[1]

Historically, this was a Republican safe seat since 1983; the district regularly sent conservative representatives with large vote percentages, being the district of prominent Republican Tom Tancredo: his successor, Michael Coffman, carried the 2008 and 2010 elections with 61 and 66% of the vote. However, population growth in the Denver area has caused the district to shrink and shift north, losing the Republican strongholds of Douglas and Elbert Counties outside of Highlands Ranch, now the main Republican voter base in the district and gaining all of Aurora in northwestern Arapahoe County, a suburban stronghold for the Democrats. Due to redistricting, the district is now a marginal swing seat: this was seen at the 2012 elections, where Coffman barely defeated Democrat Joe Miklosi by 2 percentage points.

The district from 2003 to 2010

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

Following the 1990 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 6th Congressional district consisted of portions of Arapahoe and Jefferson counties.

2000s[edit]

Following the 2000 U.S. Census and associated realignment of Colorado congressional districts, the 6th Congressional district consisted of Douglas and Elbert counties as well as portions of Arapahoe, Jefferson, and Park counties.

2010s[edit]

During the 2010 Colorado Redistricting, the 6th Congressional district lost most of its current area; the district now consists of the western portions of Arapahoe and Adams counties plus the community of Highlands Ranch in Douglas County.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races[2]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2000 President Bush 60 - 37%
2004 President Bush 60 - 39%
2008 President McCain 53 - 46%
2012 President Obama 52 - 47%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Term Duration Congress District Home Electoral history
District created January 3, 1983
Vacant January 3, 1983 –
March 29, 1983
98th Republican Jack Swigert was elected in 1982,
but died before taking office
Danschaefer.jpg Daniel Schaefer Republican March 29, 1983 –
January 3, 1999
98th Wheat Ridge Won special election to finish remaining term

Won in the 1984 general election

Retired
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
105th
Tom Tancredo, official Congressional photo.jpg Tom Tancredo Republican January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2009
106th Littleton First elected in 1998

Retired
107th
108th
109th
110th
Mikecoffman.jpeg Mike Coffman Republican January 3, 2009 –
Present
111th Aurora First elected in 2008
112th
113th

Election results[edit]

19821983 (Special)19841986198819901992199419961998200020022004200620082010

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[3]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jack Swigert 98,909 62.16%
Democratic Steve Hogan 56,598 35.57%
Libertarian J. Craig Green 3,605 2.27%
Totals 159,112 100.0%
Republican win (new seat)

1983 (Special)[edit]

Colorado's 6th congressional district special election, 1983[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer 49,816 63.29%
Democratic Steve Hogan 27,779 35.29%
Concerns of People Party John Heckman 1,112 1.42%
Totals 78,707 100.0%
Republican hold

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer (incumbent) 171,427 89.40%
Concerns of People Party John Heckman 20,333 10.60%
Totals 191,760 100.0%
Republican hold

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer (incumbent) 104,359 63.05%
Democratic Chuck Norris 58,834 35.54%
Concerns of People Party John Heckman 2,338 1.41%
Totals 160,531 100.0%
Republican hold

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer (incumbent) 136,487 63.03%
Democratic Martha Ezzard 77,158 35.63%
Concerns of People Party John Heckman 2,911 1.34%
Totals 216,556 100.0%
Republican hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer (incumbent) 105,312 64.50%
Democratic Don Jarrett 57,961 35.50%
Totals 163,273 100.0%
Republican hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer (incumbent) 142,021 60.93%
Democratic Tom Kolbe 91,073 39.07%
Prohibition Earl Higgerson (as a write-in) 3 0.00%
Totals 233,097 100.0%
Republican hold

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer (incumbent) 124,079 69.82%
Democratic John Hallen 49,701 27.97%
Concerns of People Party John Heckman 2,536 1.43%
Natural Law Stephen D. Dawson 1,393 0.78%
Totals 177,709 100.0%
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Daniel Schaefer (incumbent) 146,018 62.24%
Democratic Joan Fitz-Gerald 88,600 37.76%
Totals 234,618 100.0%
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tancredo 111,374 55.93%
Democratic Henry L. Strauss 82,622 41.49%
Natural Law George E. Newman 5,152 2.58%
Totals 199,188 100.0%
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tancredo (incumbent) 141,410 53.88%
Democratic Kenneth A. Toltz 110,568 42.13%
Libertarian Adam David Katz 6,882 2.62%
Concerns of People Party John Heckman 3,614 1.37%
Totals 262,477 100.0%
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tancredo (incumbent) 158,851 66.88%
Democratic Lance Wright 71,327 30.03%
Libertarian Adam David Katz 7,323 3.09%
Totals 237,501 100.0%
Republican hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tancredo (incumbent) 212,778 59.48%
Democratic Joanna Conti 139,870 39.10%
Libertarian Jack J. Woehr 3,857 1.07%
Constitution Peter Shevchuck 1,235 0.35%
Totals 357,741 100.0%
Republican hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Tancredo (incumbent) 158,806 58.62%
Democratic Bill Winter 108,007 39.87%
Libertarian Jack J. Woehr 4,093 1.50%
Republican Juan B. Botero (as a write-in) 25 0.01%
Totals 270,931 100.0%
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Republican Primary[edit]

2008 Republican Primary Congressional Election, District 6[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Coffman 28,509 40.12%
Republican Wil Armstrong 23,213 32.67%
Republican Ted Harvey 10,886 15.32%
Republican Steve Ward 8,452 11.89%

General[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Coffman 250,877 60.67%
Democratic Hank Eng 162,641 39.33%
Totals 413,516 100.0%
Republican hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Coffman (incumbent) 217,400 65.67%
Democratic John Flerlage 104,159 31.46%
Libertarian Rob McNealy 9,471 2.87%
Write-in Michael Shawn Kearns 7 0.00%
Totals 331,037 100.0%
Republican hold

References[edit]

Coordinates: 39°45′18″N 104°45′55″W / 39.75500°N 104.76528°W / 39.75500; -104.76528