Iowa's 7th congressional district

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Iowa's 7th congressional district is a former congressional district in Iowa. It was eliminated after the 1970 election, leaving Iowa with six congressional districts. The state has since been reduced to four congressional districts.

Redistricting[edit]

The 7th District was reformed for the 1932 election and Iowa dropped its 10th and 11th districts. Cassius C. Dowell ran for and won the 6th Congressional District, while Otha D. Wearin took over the 7th Congressional District. The district was eliminated as a result of the 1970 census. All of the district was then put in the 5th congressional district, with the exception of Crawford and Monona counties which was put in the 6th district.

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Term District Residence (County) Note
District created
March 4, 1873
JAKasson.jpg John A. Kasson Republican March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1877 Polk
HJBCummings.jpg Henry J. B. Cummings Republican March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879 Madison
No image.svg Edward H. Gillette Greenback March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881 Polk
JAKasson.jpg John A. Kasson Republican March 4, 1881 – July 13, 1884 Polk Resigned after being appointed US Ambassador to Germany
Vacant
July 13, 1884 - December 2, 1884
No image.svg Hiram Y. Smith Republican December 2, 1884 – March 3, 1885 Polk
Edwin Hurd Conger, 1843-1907.jpg Edwin H. Conger Republican March 4, 1885 – October 3, 1890 Dallas Resigned after being appointed US Ambassador to Brazil
Vacant
October 3, 1890 - November 4, 1890
No image.svg Edward R. Hays Republican November 4, 1890 – March 3, 1891 Marion
John A. T. Hull - History of Iowa.jpg John A. T. Hull Republican March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1911 Polk
SolomonFProuty.jpg Solomon F. Prouty Republican March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1915 Polk
CassiusCDowell.jpg Cassius C. Dowell Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1933 Polk Redistricted to the 6th district
OthaWearin.jpg Otha Wearin Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939 Mills
Benfjensen.jpg Ben F. Jensen Republican January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1965 Audubon
No image.svg John R. Hansen Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1967 Carroll
No image.svg William J. Scherle Republican January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1973 Mills Redistricted to the 5th district
District eliminated
January 3, 1973

Election History[edit]

Year [1] Party Affiliation Winner Number of Votes Party Affiliation Loser Number of Votes Percentage of Votes
1920 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 41,644 Socialist Charles Gay 1,272 97% - 3%
1922 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 34,012 Democrat Winfred E. Robb 19,987 62% - 36%
1924 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 66,550 Democrat William M. Wade 18,454 78% - 22%
1926 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 34,159 Democrat William M. Wade 10,255 77% - 23%
1928 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 72,404 N/A N/A 0 100% - 0%
1930 Republican Cassius C. Dowell 36,715 Democrat Carl Evans 11,372 76% - 24%
1932 Democrat Otha D. Wearin 57,803 Republican Charles Edward Swanson 44,925 56% - 43%
1934 Democrat Otha D. Wearin 51,395 Republican Charles Edward Swanson 47,508 52% - 48%
1936 Democrat Otha D. Wearin 61,398 Republican Henry K. Peterson 59,834 50% - 49%
1938 Republican Ben F. Jensen 54,922 Democrat Roger F. Warin 37,992 59% - 41%
1940 Republican Ben F. Jensen 71,633 Democrat Ernest M. Miller 50,644 59% - 41%
1942 Republican Ben F. Jensen 49,086 Democrat Jess Alton 27,409 64% - 36%
1944 Republican Ben F. Jensen 66,905 Democrat Albert McGinn 41,802 62% - 38%
1946 Republican Ben F. Jensen 40,152 Democrat Philip A. Allen 23,567 63% - 37%
1948 Republican Ben F. Jensen 59,173 Democrat W. A. Byers 44,857 57% - 43%
1950 Republican Ben F. Jensen 55,291 Democrat James A. Hart 33,617 62% - 38%
1952 Republican Ben F. Jensen 82,462 Democrat Thomas J. Keleher 39,999 67% - 33%
1954 Republican Ben F. Jensen 51,022 Democrat Elmer G. Carlson 33,492 60% - 40%
1956 Republican Ben F. Jensen 64,967 Democrat John L. Jensen 52,389 55% - 45%
1958 Republican Ben F. Jensen 41,053 Democrat Ellsworth O. Hays 38,660 52% - 48%
1960 Republican Ben F. Jensen 66,037 Democrat Duane Orton 52,214 56% - 44%
1962 Republican Ben F. Jensen 56,341 Democrat Ed Peters 44,171 56% - 44%
1964 Democrat John R. Hansen 78,243 Republican Ben F. Jensen 67,942 54% - 46%
1966 Republican William J. Scherle 64,217 Democrat John R. Hansen 44,529 59% - 41%
1968 Republican William J. Scherle 64,217 Democrat Richard C. Oshlo 44,529 48% - 33%
1970 Republican William J. Scherle 53,084 Democrat Lou Galetich 31,552 63% - 37%

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