Indiana's 7th congressional district

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Indiana's 7th congressional district
Indiana's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Indiana's 7th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative André Carson (DIndianapolis)
Area 265 mi² (686 km²)
Distribution 99.7% urban, 0.3% rural
Population (2000) 675,674
Median income $36,522
Ethnicity 63.0% White, 29.4% Black, 1.3% Asian, 4.4% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 1.7% other
Occupation 26.2% blue collar, 57.7% white collar, 16.1% gray collar
Cook PVI D+9[1]

Indiana's 7th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. Based in the heart of the state, the district encompasses most of Marion County and Indianapolis.

The district is currently represented by Democrat André Carson who won a special election in 2008 to succeed his grandmother Julia Carson following her death in 2007.

The district is one of only two congressional districts to be represented by a Muslim in the United States (the other being Keith Ellison of Minnesota's 5th congressional district, based in Minneapolis.

Characteristics[edit]

Prior to the 2002 redistricting, the district referred to a completely different area of Indiana, covering Fountain, Parke, Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Clinton, Boone, Hendricks, Vigo, Clay, Putnam, and Owen counties and parts of Morgan and Hamilton counties. The current area of the 7th Congressional District is largely the same as the now eliminated 10th Congressional District (including all of Center Township, now widely regarded as a Democratic stronghold due to its large African American population and gentrified middle class.)

Traditionally, the city and the district has been more competitive and much more Republican; in fact, one of the most Republican metropolitan areas in the country, particularly during the years when Richard Lugar and William H. Hudnut III served as Mayor of Indianapolis. However, in recent decades, much of the affluence of the city has begun to migrate to the edges of the city and outer Marion County, which has resulted in the Democratic lean. The northern edge of Marion county - an affluent, strongly conservative area - is not included in the district.

The southern and eastern parts of the district include the more modest neighborhoods of the city, which is home to Amtrak's largest repair yard. Since the late 1990s, there has been an influx of Mexican and Hispanic workers to the district, which has further increased its Democratic leanings. Also, as the industrial and financial center of Indiana, the district has been strongly influenced by the politics of the unions in the past; however, their influence over the district has become increasingly marginal in recent years.

In recent presidential contests, the district itself has given comfortable margins to Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Barack Obama in recent years. Most recently in 2008, Barack Obama won 71% of the vote in the 7th Congressional District.

Redistricting[edit]

After the loss of a congressional seat in 2000 by virtue of that year's census, an ambitious redistricting plan was embarked upon, which was eventually implemented in 2002. The overall character of the district prior to this was solidly Republican and rural; however, since 2002, the previous area of the 7th Congressional District has been divided between the 4th Congressional District and the 8th Congressional District.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created
March 4, 1833
EdwardHannegan.jpg Edward A. Hannegan March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1837
Albert Smith White.jpg Albert S. White March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1839
Vacant
March 3, 1839 - August 5, 1839
Tilghman Howard cph.3a03387.jpg Tilghman A. Howard August 5, 1839 - July 1, 1840
Vacant
July 1, 1840 - August 3, 1840
Sen Henry Smith Lane.jpg Henry S. Lane August 3, 1840 - March 3, 1843
Joseph A Wright Portrait.jpg Joseph A. Wright March 4, 1843 - March 3, 1845
No image.svg Edward W. McGaughey March 4, 1845 - March 3, 1847
RWThompson.jpg Richard W. Thompson March 4, 1847 - March 3, 1849
No image.svg Edward W. McGaughey March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1851
JohnGDavis.jpg John G. Davis March 4, 1851 - March 3, 1855
No image.svg Harvey D. Scott March 4, 1855 - March 3, 1857
JohnGDavis.jpg John G. Davis March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1861
Sen Daniel W Voorhees 04790r.jpg Daniel W. Voorhees March 4, 1861 - February 23, 1866 Lost contested election
HenryDWashburn.JPG Henry D. Washburn February 23, 1866 - March 3, 1869 Won contested election
Godlove Stein Orth - Brady-Handy.jpg Godlove S. Orth March 4, 1869 - March 3, 1871 Redistricted from the 8th district
MDManson.jpg Mahlon D. Manson March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1873
TJCason.jpg Thomas J. Cason March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875 Redistricted to the 9th district
Franklin Landers.jpg Franklin Landers March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1877
John Hanna (Indiana).jpg John Hanna March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1879
No image.svg Gilbert De La Matyr March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1881
Stanton J Peelle.jpg Stanton J. Peelle March 4, 1881 - May 22, 1884 Lost contested election
No image.svg William E. English May 22, 1884 - March 3, 1885 Won contested election
William D. Bynum.jpg William D. Bynum March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1895
CharlesLHenry.jpg Charles L. Henry March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1897 Redistricted to the 8th district
JesseOverstreet.jpg Jesse Overstreet March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1909 Redistricted from the 5th district
No image.svg Charles A. Korbly March 4, 1909 - March 3, 1915
MerrillMoores.jpg Merrill Moores March 4, 1915 - March 3, 1925
RalphEUpdike.jpg Ralph E. Updike March 4, 1925 - March 3, 1929
LouisLudlow.jpg Louis Ludlow March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1933 Redistricted to the 12th district
ArthurHGreenwood.jpg Arthur H. Greenwood March 3, 1933 - January 3, 1939
Gerald W. Landis.jpg Gerald W. Landis January 3, 1939 - January 3, 1949
James Ellsworth Noland.jpeg James E. Noland January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1951
William G. Bray.jpg William G. Bray January 3, 1951 - January 3, 1967 Redistricted to the 6th district
JTMyers.jpg John T. Myers January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1997
EAPease.jpg Edward A. Pease January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001
BrianKerns.jpg Brian D. Kerns January 3, 2001 - January 3, 2003
Carson julia.jpg Julia Carson January 3, 2003 - December 15, 2007 Redistricted from the 10th district, Died
Vacant
December 15, 2007 - March 11, 2008
Andre Carson 2009.jpg André Carson March 11, 2008 - Present Incumbent

Election Results[edit]

2002[edit]

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson 77,478 53.13%
Republican Ambrose McVey 64,379 44.14%
Libertarian Andrew Horning 3,919 2.69%
No party Others 64 0.04%
Totals 145,840 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

2004[edit]

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson* 121,303 54.35%
Republican Andrew Horning 97,491 43.68%
Libertarian Barry Campbell 4,381 1.96%
Totals 223,175 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Julia Carson* 74,750 53.76%
Republican Eric Dickerson 64,304 46.24%
Totals 139,054 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Special Election (March 11, 2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson 45,668 54.04%
Republican Jonathan Elrod 36,415 43.09%
Libertarian Sean Sheppard 2,430 2.88%
Totals 84,513 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold
Indiana's 7th Congressional District General Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson* 172,650 65.08%
Republican Gabrielle Campo 92,645 34.92%
Totals 265,295 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson* 86,011 58.90%
Republican Marvin B. Scott 55,213 37.81%
Libertarian Dav Wilson 4,815 3.30%
Totals 146,039 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

Indiana's 7th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic André Carson* 162,122 62.85%
Republican Carlos May 95,828 37.15%
Totals 257,950 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013
The two different locations of the 7th district since 1982.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 

Coordinates: 39°45′N 86°9′W / 39.750°N 86.150°W / 39.750; -86.150