Indiana's 8th congressional district

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Indiana's 8th congressional district
Indiana's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Indiana's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Larry Bucshon (RNewburgh)
Area 7,041.64 mi² (18,237.85 km²)
Distribution 58.10% urban, 41.90% rural
Population (2000) 675,564
Median income $36,732
Ethnicity 94.2% White, 3.7% Black, 0.6% Asian, 0.9% Hispanic, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% other
Cook PVI R+8[1]

Indiana's 8th congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Indiana. Based in Southwest and west central Indiana, the district is anchored in Evansville and also includes Terre Haute, Vincennes and Washington.

Commonly referred to as "The Bloody Eighth" at the local (and sometimes national) levels (See below for explanation), it is a major swing district.

Counties located in Indiana's 8th Congressional District[edit]

As of 2013.

#
County
#
County
#
County
#
County
#
County
11
Clay

Brazil
26,556
13*
Crawford

English
10,713
14
Daviess

Washington
30,726
19
Dubois

Jasper
41,889
26
Gibson

Princeton
39,750
28
Greene

Bloomfield
33,750
42
Knox

Vincennes
38,920
51
Martin

Shoals
10,370
60
Owen

Spencer
21,790
61
Parke

Rockville
17,250
62
Perry

Tell City
19,332
63
Pike

Petersburg
12,845
65
Posey

Mt. Vernon
27,500
74
Spencer

Rockport
20,952
77
Sullivan

Sullivan
21,750
82
Vanderburgh

Evansville
191,220
83
Vermillion

Newport
16,790
84
Vigo

Terre Haute
105,900
87
Warrick

Boonville
59,700

Cities of 10,000 or more people[edit]

(2007 Estimate)

5,000 - 10,000 people[edit]

(2007 Estimate)

History[edit]

Based in Evansville, the 8th Congressional District was widened when Indiana lost a seat after the 2000 U.S. Census to include much of the former 5th and 7th Congressional Districts. At that time, Bloomington (the home of former U.S. Representative Frank McCloskey) was moved into the 9th Congressional District, while the 8th Congressional District was extended northward to include much of the former 7th Congressional District in west-central Indiana, including Terre Haute. As a result of this expansion, the district is the largest in area in Indiana with all or part of 18 counties.

The district has been nicknamed "The Bloody Eighth" because of a series of hard-fought campaigns and political reversals. Unlike most other districts in the state, which frequently give their representatives long tenures in Washington, the 8th Congressional District has a reputation for frequently ousting its incumbents.[2] Voters in the district ousted six incumbents from 1966 to 1982. The election in 1984 was so close that it was decided in Congress. Although Southern Indiana is ancestrally Democratic, the Democrats in this area are nowhere near as liberal as their counterparts in the rest of the state. The district also has a strong tint of social conservatism.

In 2000, a New York Times reporter said of the district: "With a populist streak and a conservative bent, this district does not cotton to country club Republicans or to social-engineering liberals," and also said, "More than 95 percent white and about 41 percent rural, the region shares much of the flavor of the Bible Belt."[3]

The district was previously represented by Brad Ellsworth, a moderate Democrat. As a result of Ellsworth's landslide defeat of 12-year incumbent John Hostettler, it was the first district picked up by the Democrats on Election Night 2006.[4] Ellsworth ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2010 and was succeeded by Republican Larry Bucshon in the same election cycle.

In 2013, the district shifted away from Northern Indiana and more towards Louisville, losing Fountain and Warren Counties, and gaining Dubois, Perry, and Spencer Counties, and a portion of Crawford County.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created
March 4, 1843
Pettit.jpg John Pettit Democratic March 4, 1843 - March 4, 1849
Joseph E. McDonald - Brady-Handy.jpg Joseph E. McDonald Democratic March 4, 1849 - March 4, 1851
No image.svg Daniel Mace Democratic March 4, 1851 - March 4, 1855
Opposition March 4, 1855 - March 4, 1857
JamesWilsonIN.jpg James Wilson Republican March 4, 1857 - March 4, 1861
Albert Smith White.jpg Albert S. White Republican March 4, 1861 - March 4, 1863
Godlove Stein Orth - Brady-Handy.jpg Godlove S. Orth Republican March 4, 1863 - March 4, 1869 Redistricted to the 7th district
James Noble Tyner, Brady-Handy bw photo portrait, ca1865-1880.jpg James N. Tyner Republican March 4, 1869 - March 4, 1875 elected in special election to fill vacancy due to death of Rep-elect Daniel D. Pratt
GenMCHunter.jpg Morton C. Hunter Republican March 4, 1875 - March 4, 1879 Redistricted from the 6th district
AbrahamJHostetler.jpg Abraham J. Hostetler Democratic March 4, 1879 - March 4, 1881
No image.svg Robert B. F. Peirce Republican March 4, 1881 - March 4, 1883
John E. Lamb (LC-DIG-ggbain-13206).jpg John E. Lamb Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 4, 1885
James T. Johnston cph.3a03384.jpg James T. Johnston Republican March 4, 1885 - March 4, 1889
No image.svg Elijah V. Brookshire Democratic March 4, 1889 - March 4, 1895
GeorgeWFaris.jpg George W. Faris Republican March 4, 1895 - March 4, 1897 Redistricted to the 5th district
CharlesLHenry.jpg Charles L. Henry Republican March 4, 1897 - March 4, 1899 Redistricted from the 7th district
GeorgeWCromer.jpg George W. Cromer Republican March 4, 1899 - March 4, 1907
John Alfred McDowell Adair circa 1915.jpg John A. M. Adair Democratic March 4, 1907 - March 4, 1917
AlbertHenryVestal.jpg Albert H. Vestal Republican March 4, 1917 - April 1, 1932 Died
Vacant
April 1, 1932 - March 4, 1933
No image.svg John W. Boehne, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1943 Redistricted from the 1st district
No image.svg Charles M. La Follette Republican January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1947
No image.svg E. A. Mitchell Republican January 3, 1947 - January 3, 1949
No image.svg Winfield K. Denton Democratic January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1953
No image.svg D. Bailey Merrill Republican January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1955
No image.svg Winfield K. Denton Democratic January 3, 1955 - December 30, 1966 Resigned
Vacant
December 30, 1966 - January 3, 1967
Roger H. Zion.jpg Roger H. Zion Republican January 3, 1967 - January 3, 1975
Philip Hayes.png Philip H. Hayes Democratic January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1977
David L. Cornwell.png David L. Cornwell Democratic January 3, 1977 - January 3, 1979
H Joel Deckard.png H. Joel Deckard Republican January 3, 1979 - January 3, 1983
Frank McCloskey.jpg Frank McCloskey Democratic January 3, 1983 - January 3, 1985
Vacant
January 3, 1985 - May 1, 1985 Election contested from January 3 to May 1, 1985. Congress refused to seat anyone.
Frank McCloskey.jpg Frank McCloskey Democratic May 1, 1985 - January 3, 1995 Final recount won by McCloskey, taking seat May 1, 1985 in disputed election.
John Hostettler by Gage Skidmore.jpg John Hostettler Republican January 3, 1995 - January 3, 2007
Brad Ellsworth, official 110th Congress photo.jpg Brad Ellsworth Democratic January 3, 2007 - January 3, 2011
Larry Bucshon, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Larry Bucshon Republican January 3, 2011 – Present Incumbent

Election Results[edit]

2002[edit]

Indiana's 8th Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Hostettler* 98,952 51.31%
Democratic Bryan Hartke 88,763 46.02%
Libertarian Pam Williams 5,150 2.67%
Totals 192,865 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Indiana's 8th Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John Hostettler* 145,576 53.37%
Democratic Jon P. Jennings 121,522 44.55%
Libertarian Mark Garvin 5,680 2.08%
Totals 272,778 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Indiana's 8th Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Ellsworth 131,019 61.02%
Republican John Hostettler* 83,704 38.98%
Totals 214,723 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic gain from Republican

2008[edit]

Indiana's 8th Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brad Ellsworth* 189,109 64.75%
Republican Greg Goode 102,940 35.25%
Totals 292,049 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Indiana's 8th Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Bucshon 117,259 57.55%
Democratic Trent Van Haaften 76,265 37.43%
Libertarian John Cunningham 10,240 5.03%
Totals 203,764 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

2012[edit]

Indiana's 8th Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Larry Bucshon* 151,533 53.36%
Democratic Dave Crooks 122,325 43.07%
Libertarian Bart Gadau 10,134 3.57%
Totals 283,992 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013
Indiana congressional districts before and after the most recent redistricting

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. 
  2. ^ "And They're Off And Running!". U.S. News & World Reports. January 16, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 
  3. ^ Dirk Johnson, "The 2000 Campaign: An Indiana Race; Conservatives Face Off in Quirky Populist District", New York Times, October 10, 2000
  4. ^ "Democrats pick up key House seat in Indiana". CNN.com. Retrieved 2007-01-07. 

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