Iowa's 3rd congressional district

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Iowa's 3rd congressional district
Iowa's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Iowa's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Tom Latham (RClive)
Distribution 73.07% urban, 26.93% rural
Population (2000) 585,305[1]
Median income $43,176[1]
Ethnicity 91.6% White, 3.2% Black, 1.9% Asian, 3.2% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American
Cook PVI Even[2]

Iowa's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Iowa that covers the southwest portion of the state, roughly an area including Des Moines to the Nebraska and Missouri borders.

From 2003 to 2013 it encompassed Des Moines (on the western end) to the western outskirts of the Cedar Falls-Waterloo Metropolitan Area (on the northeastern end) to the western outskirts of the Cedar Rapids area (on the eastern end) and to Lucas and Monroe counties (on the southern end).

The district is represented by Republican Tom Latham. On November 6, 2012, 3rd District incumbent Democrat Leonard Boswell was defeated for re-election by 4th District incumbent Latham.

Redistricting[edit]

On June 22, 2001, the Iowa Legislature passed a plan to redistrict the state of Iowa. The plan went into effect in 2002 for the 108th U.S. Congress. The prior redistricting plan was effective from 1992-2001.[3]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Term District Residence Note
District created
March 4, 1863
William B. Allison - Brady-Handy.jpg William B. Allison Republican March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1871
William G Donnan.jpg William G. Donnan Republican March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1875
LucienLAinsworth.jpg Lucien L. Ainsworth Democratic March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877
No image.svg Theodore W. Burdick Republican March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
No image.svg Thomas Updegraff Republican March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
DavidBremmerHenderson.jpg David B. Henderson Republican March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1903 Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1899–1903
Benjamin P. Birdsall.jpg Benjamin P. Birdsall Republican March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1909
No image.svg Charles E. Pickett Republican March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1913
No image.svg Maurice Connolly Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
BurtonESweet.jpg Burton E. Sweet Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1923
ThomasJBRobinson.jpg Thomas J. B. Robinson Republican March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1933
No image.svg Albert C. Willford Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935
No image.svg John W. Gwynne Republican January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1949
H.R. Gross.jpg Harold R. Gross Republican January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1975
Sen Chuck Grassley official.jpg Chuck Grassley Republican January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1981
No image.svg T. Cooper Evans Republican January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1987
No image.svg David R. Nagle Democratic January 3, 1987 – January 3, 1993
Jimrlightfoot.jpg Jim R. Lightfoot Republican January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1997 Redistricted from the 5th district
Leonard Boswell Official.jpg Leonard Boswell Democratic January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2013
Tom Latham, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Tom Latham Republican January 3, 2013 – Present Clive Redistricted from the 4th district; Incumbent

Historical election results[edit]

Year[4] Party Affiliation Winner Number of Votes Party Affiliation Loser Number of Votes Percentage of Votes
1920 Republican Burton E. Sweet 67,859 Farmer-Labor Roy Jacobs 1,974 97% - 3%
1922 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 34,518 Democrat Fred P. Hageman 24,304 58% - 41%
1924 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 54,921 Democrat Willis N. Birdsall 25,215 69% - 31%
1926 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 32,180 Democrat Ellis E. Wilson 13,696 70% - 30%
1928 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 60,025 Democrat Leo. F. Tierney 38,469 61% - 39%
1930 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 27,098 Democrat W. L. Beecher 15,908 63% - 37%
1932 Democrat Albert C. Willford 48,939 Republican Thomas J. B. Robinson 47,776 51% - 49%
1934 Republican John W. Gwynne 42,063 Democrat Albert C. Willford 35,159 51% - 43%
1936 Republican John W. Gwynne 53,928 Democrat Albert C. Willford 47,391 52% - 46%
1938 Republican John W. Gwynne 45,541 Democrat W. F. Hayes 30,158 60% - 40%
1940 Republican John W. Gwynne 65,425 Democrat Ernest J. Seemann 43,709 60% - 40%
1942 Republican John W. Gwynne 54,124 Democrat William D. Kearney 35,065 61% - 39%
1944 Republican John W. Gwynne 74,901 Democrat William D. Kearney 56,985 58% - 42%
1946 Republican John W. Gwynne 48,346 Democrat Dan J. P. Ryan 29,661 62% - 38%
1948 Republican H. R. Gross 78,838 Democrat Dan J. P. Ryan 56,002 58% - 41%
1950 Republican H. R. Gross 73,490 Democrat James O. Babcock 40,786 64% - 36%
1952 Republican H. R. Gross 109,992 Democrat George R. Laub 56,871 66% - 34%
1954 Republican H. R. Gross 68,307 Democrat George R. Laub 41,622 62% - 38%
1956 Republican H. R. Gross 97,590 Democrat Michael Micich 69,076 59% - 41%
1958 Republican H. R. Gross 61,920 Democrat Michael Micich 53,467 54% - 46%
1960 Republican H. R. Gross 99,046 Democrat Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. 76,837 56% - 44%
1962 Republican H. R. Gross 66,337 Democrat Neel F. Hill 50,580 57% - 43%
1964 Republican H. R. Gross 83,455 Democrat Stephen M. Peterson 83,036 50.1% - 49.9%
1966 Republican H. R. Gross 79,343 Democrat L. A. Pat Touchae 48,530 62% - 38%
1968 Republican H. R. Gross 101,839 Democrat John E. Van Eschen 57,164 64% - 36%
1970 Republican H. R. Gross 66,087 Democrat Lyle D. Taylor 45,958 59% - 41%
1972 Republican H. R. Gross 109,113 Democrat Lyle D. Taylor 86,848 56% - 44%
1974 Republican Charles E. Grassley 77,468 Democrat Stephen J. Rapp 74,859 51% - 49%
1976 Republican Charles E. Grassley 117,957 Democrat Stephen J. Rapp 90,981 56% - 44%
1978 Republican Charles E. Grassley 103,659 Democrat John Knudson 34,880 75% - 25%
1980 Republican Cooper Evans 107,869 Democrat Lynn G. Cutler 101,735 51% - 48%
1982 Republican Cooper Evans 104,072 Democrat Lynn G. Cutler 83,581 55% - 45%
1984 Republican Cooper Evans 133,737 Democrat Joe Johnston 86,574 61% - 39%
1986 Democrat David R. Nagle 83,504 Republican John McIntee 69,386 55% - 45%
1988 Democrat David R. Nagle 129,204 Republican Donald B. Redfern 74,682 63% - 37%
1990 Democrat David R. Nagle 100,947 N/A No Opponent 833 99% - 1%
1992 Republican Jim Lightfoot 125,931 Democrat Elaine Baxter 121,063 49% - 47%
1994 Republican Jim Lightfoot 111,862 Democrat Elaine Baxter 79,310 58% - 41%
1996 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 115,914 Republican Mike Mahaffey 111,895 49% - 48%
1998 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 107,947 Republican Larry McKibben 78,063 57% - 41%
2000 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 156,327 Republican Jay Marcus 83,810 63% - 34%
2002 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 115,367 Republican Stan Thompson 97,285 53% - 45%
2004 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 168,007 Republican Stan Thompson 136,099 55% - 45%
2006 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 114,689 Republican Jeff Lamberti 103,182 52% - 47%
2008 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 175,423 Republican Kim Schmett 131,524 56% - 42%
2010 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 122,147 Republican Brad Zaun 111,925 50% - 46%
2012 Republican Tom Latham 202,000 Democrat Leonard L. Boswell 168,632 51% - 42%

Recent election results[edit]

2002[edit]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 115,367 53.41%
Republican Stan Thompson 97,285 45.04%
Libertarian Jeffrey J. Smith 2,689 1.25%
Socialist Workers Edwin B. Fruit 569 0.26%
No party Others 75 0.04%
Totals 215,985 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2004[edit]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 168,007 55.21%
Republican Stan Thompson 136,009 44.72%
No party Others 213 0.07%
Totals 304,229 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2006[edit]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 115,769 51.85%
Republican Jeff Lamberti 103,722 46.45%
Socialist Workers Helen Meyers 3,591 1.61%
No party Others 205 0.09%
Totals 223,287 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2008[edit]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 176,904 56.31%
Republican Kim Schmett 132,136 42.06%
Socialist Workers Frank Forrestal 4,599 1.46%
No party Others 521 0.17%
Totals 314,160 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2010[edit]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 122,147 50.73%
Republican Brad Zaun 111,925 46.49%
Socialist Workers Rebecca Williamson 6,258 2.60%
No party Others 426 0.18%
Totals 240,756 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Democratic hold

2012[edit]

Iowa's 3rd Congressional District Election (2012)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Latham* 202,000 50.56%
Democratic Leonard Boswell* 168,632 42.20%
Independent Scott G. Batcher 9,352 2.34%
Socialist Workers David Rosenfeld 6,286 1.57%
No party Others 572 0.14%
Totals 399,561 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican gain from Democratic

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]


Coordinates: 41°12′34″N 94°38′25″W / 41.20944°N 94.64028°W / 41.20944; -94.64028