Idaho's 2nd congressional district

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Idaho's 2nd congressional district
Idaho's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Idaho's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Mike Simpson (RIdaho Falls)
Distribution 67.03% urban, 32.97% rural
Population (2000) 645,149
Median income $46,943
Ethnicity 90.4% White, 0.5% Black, 0.9% Asian, 8.9% Hispanic, 1.4% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI R+17

Idaho's 2nd congressional district is one of two congressional districts in the U.S. state of Idaho, in the eastern portion of the state. Beginning with the 2012 election, the district expanded westward and now includes most of Boise, the state capital and largest city.[1]

After statehood in 1890, Idaho had a single seat in Congress through the 1910 election, a statewide at-large seat. Following the 1910 census, Idaho gained its second seat in the House; it was first contested in 1912, but the state did not immediately apportion into two districts. Through the 1916 election, both were statewide at-large seats. The first election in Idaho with two congressional districts was in 1918.

Following the 2010 census and redistricting, the 2nd district gained more territory in northeast Ada County, and now includes most of Boise, with all precincts north of Interstate 84.[1] A significant increase in population directly west of Boise over the previous decade, in western Ada County and Canyon County, was responsible for the westward shift of the boundary. In Ada County, the 1st district continues to include Meridian, Eagle, and west Boise south of Interstate 84.[1]

Other major cities in the 2nd district include Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, and Rexburg. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a strong presence in the district; a member of the LDS Church has represented this district continuously since 1951.

The district is currently represented by Mike Simpson, a Republican of Idaho Falls. A former dentist in Blackfoot, he was first elected in 1998; the seat opened when predecessor Mike Crapo successfully ran for the U.S. Senate.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history
District created March 4, 1919
Addison Taylor Smith.jpg   Addison Smith Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1933
Redistricted from the at-large seat
Lost re-election
Thomas Coffin Democratic March 4, 1933 –
June 6, 1934
Died
Vacant June 6, 1934 –
January 3, 1935
Dworthclark.jpg   D. Worth Clark Democratic January 3, 1935 –
January 3, 1939
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Dworshak.jpg   Henry Dworshak Republican January 3, 1939 –
November 5, 1946
Resigned when elected to U.S. Senate
Vacant November 5, 1946 –
January 3, 1947
John Sanborn Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1951
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Hamer H. Budge.jpg   Hamer Budge Republican January 3, 1951 –
January 3, 1961
Lost re-election
Ralph R. Harding.jpg   Ralph Harding Democratic January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1965
Lost re-election
George V. Hansen.jpg   George Hansen Republican January 3, 1965 –
January 3, 1969
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Orval H. Hansen.jpg   Orval Hansen Republican January 3, 1969 –
January 3, 1975
Lost Renomination
George V. Hansen.jpg   George Hansen Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1985
Lost re-election
Richard H. Stallings.jpg   Richard Stallings Democratic January 3, 1985 –
January 3, 1993
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Mike Crapo official photo.jpg   Mike Crapo Republican January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 1999
Retired to run for U.S. Senate
Mike Simpson, official Congressional photo portrait.jpg   Mike Simpson Republican January 3, 1999 –
present
First elected in 1998

Voting in presidential elections[edit]

Year Results Notes
2000 George W. Bush 65.96%
Al Gore 25.93%
The district contained nine of the 100 counties with the highest percentage of the Republican vote: Madison, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Cassia, Caribou, Clark, Oneida, and Bear Lake. George W. Bush registered between 90.7 percent and 81.6 percent of the vote in these largely rural counties.
2004 George W. Bush 68.64%
John Kerry 29.58%
In the first election following a redrawing of the district's boundaries, Bush received 69 percent of the vote.
2008 John McCain 60.00%
Barack Obama 35.66%
John McCain easily carried the district with 61 percent of the vote, although Barack Obama did manage to win two counties: Blaine County, the most Democratic county in the state which contains the Sun Valley ski resort, and Teton County, with bedroom communities of the Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee resort areas.
2012 Mitt Romney 64.14%
Barack Obama 33.06%
Mitt Romney easily carried the district with 64 percent of the vote. Romney carried all counties in the district except, Blaine which traditionally votes Democratic.

Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 135,605 68.18%
Democratic Edward Kinghorn 57,769 29.05%
Libertarian Gregory Corron 5,508 2.77%
Totals 198,882 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 193,704 70.74%
Democratic Lin Whitworth 80,133 29.26%
Totals 273,837 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 132,262 62.00%
Democratic Jim D. Hansen 73,441 34.43%
Independent Cameron Forth 5,113 2.40%
Constitution Travis J. Hedrick 2,516 1.18%
Totals 213,332 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 205,777 70.89%
Democratic Debbie Holmes 83,878 28.90%
No party Others 612 0.21%
Totals 290,267 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 137,468 68.83%
Democratic Mike Crawford 48,749 24.41%
Independent Brian Schad 13,500 6.76%
Totals 199,717 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Idaho's 2nd Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mike Simpson (incumbent) 207,412 65.10%
Democratic Nicole LeFavour 110,847 34.80%
No party Others 235 0.10%
Totals 318,494 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Adopted redistricting plans: Congressional plan". Idaho State Legislature. Redistricting Commission. October 17, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2013. 

Coordinates: 43°N 113°W / 43°N 113°W / 43; -113