Georgia's 8th congressional district

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Georgia's 8th congressional district
Georgia's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Georgia's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Austin Scott (RTifton)
Population (2010) 691,976[1]
Median income $$141,231
Ethnicity 59.81% White, 30.41% Black, 5.72% Hispanic
Cook PVI R+15[2]

Georgia's 8th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Georgia. The district is currently represented by Republican Austin Scott, though the district's boundaries have been redrawn following the 2010 census, which granted an additional congressional seat to Georgia.[3] The first election using the new district boundaries (listed below) were the 2012 congressional elections.

The district is located in central and south-central Georgia, and stretches from the geographical center of the state to the Florida border. The district includes the cities of Warner Robins, Tifton, Thomasville, Moultrie, and portions of Macon and Valdosta.[4][5]

Counties[edit]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District Home Note
District created in 1845
Robert Toombs - Brady-Handy.jpg Robert Toombs Whig March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1853
Alexander Stephens -1855.jpg Alexander Stephens Whig March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855 redistricted from the 7th district
Democrat March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1859
No image.svg John J. Jones Democratic March 4, 1859 – January 23, 1861 withdrew
January 23, 1861 - March 3, 1867 Civil War and Reconstruction, Seat was vacant
District eliminated in 1867
District reestablished in 1873
Vacant March 4, 1873 - December 1, 1873
Alexander Stephens -1855.jpg Alexander Stephens Democrat December 1, 1873 – November 4, 1882 installed after rep-elect Ambrose R. Wright died before taking seat, resigned after being elected Governor
Vacant November 4, 1882 - December 4, 1882
No image.svg Seaborn Reese Democrat December 4, 1882 – March 3, 1887
No image.svg Henry H. Carlton Democrat March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Thomas G. Lawson.jpeg Thomas G. Lawson Democrat March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1897
William Marcellus Howard.jpg William M. Howard Democrat March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1911
SamuelJTribble.jpg Samuel J. Tribble Democrat March 4, 1911 – December 8, 1916 died
Vacant December 8, 1916 - January 11, 1917
No image.svg Tinsley W. Rucker, Jr. Democrat January 11, 1917 – March 3, 1917
CharlesHillyerBrand.jpg Charles H. Brand Democrat March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1933
No image.svg Braswell Deen Democrat March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939
No image.svg W. Benjamin Gibbs Democrat January 3, 1939 – August 7, 1940 died
Vacant August 7, 1940 - October 1, 1940
Florence Gibbs.jpg Florence R. Gibbs Democrat October 1, 1940 – January 3, 1941
No image.svg John S. Gibson Democrat January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1947
No image.svg William M. Wheeler Democrat January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1955
Iris Faircloth Blitch.jpg Iris F. Blitch Democrat January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1963
No image.svg J. Russell Tuten Democrat January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1967
WS Stuckey.png W. S. Stuckey, Jr. Democrat January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1977
No image.svg Billy Lee Evans Democrat January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1983
J. Roy Rowland.jpg J. Roy Rowland Democrat January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1995
Saxby Chambliss.jpg Saxby Chambliss Republican January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
MacCollins.JPG Mac Collins Republican January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2005 redistricted from the 3rd district
Lynn Westmoreland Official.jpg Lynn Westmoreland Republican January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2007 redistricted to the 3rd district
Jim Marshall.jpg Jim Marshall Democrat January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Austin Scott, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Austin Scott Republican January 3, 2011 – present Incumbent

Election Results[edit]

2006[edit]

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Marshall* 80,660 50.55%
Republican Mac Collins 78,908 49.45%
Totals 159,568 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
  • A Republican mid-decade redistricting made this Macon-based district more compact and somewhat more Republican. Incumbent Marshall faced a very tough challenge by former U.S. Representative Mac Collins, who represented an adjoining district from 1993 to 2005. Less than 60 percent of the population in Marshall’s present 3rd District was retained in the new 8th District. The reconfigured 8th includes Butts County, which was the political base of Collins, who once served as chair of the county commission. On the other hand, the 8th also includes all of the city of Macon where Marshall served as mayor from 1995 until 1999. The race featured heavy spending, not only by the candidates themselves but also from independent groups. During the campaign, President George W. Bush attended a rally on Collins' behalf.

2008[edit]

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jim Marshall* 157,241 57.24%
Republican Rick Goddard 117,446 42.76%
Totals 274,687 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Georgia's 8th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Austin Scott 102,770 52.70%
Democratic Jim Marshall* 92,250 47.30%
Totals 195,020 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

Historical district boundaries[edit]

The district from 2007 to 2013
The district from 2003 to 2007

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statistical Analysis of 2012 Congressional maps, Georgia Legislature. Last accessed 2012-1-1
  2. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  3. ^ Justice Department approves Georgia's political maps. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Last accessed 2011-12-27
  4. ^ 2012 Congressional maps, Georgia Legislature. Last accessed 2012-1-1
  5. ^ 2012 Congressional maps - closeup of Macon and Columbus, Georgia Legislature. Last accessed 2012-1-1

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 31°46′47″N 83°27′05″W / 31.77972°N 83.45139°W / 31.77972; -83.45139