Kentucky's 1st congressional district

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Kentucky's 1st congressional district
Current Representative Ed Whitfield (RHopkinsville)
Distribution 36.52% urban, 63.48% rural
Population (2000) 673,729
Median income $30,360
Ethnicity 90.4% White, 7.3% Black, 0.4% Asian, 1.5% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+14[1]

Kentucky's 1st congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Kentucky. Located in Western Kentucky, the district takes in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, Paducah, and the college town of Murray.

The district is represented by Republican Ed Whitfield.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Characteristics[edit]

Although Democrats have an almost 2-to-1 edge in registration and still hold most local offices in the district, they tend to be very conservative on social issues, a trend which favors Republicans at the federal level.

As of September 2013, there were 505,870 registered voters: 302,406 (59.77%) Democrats, 174,137 (34.42%) Republicans, and 29,327 (5.80%) "Others". All of the "Others" included 21,711 (4.29%) unclassified Others, 7,011 (1.39%) Independents, 419 (0.08%) Libertarians, 93 (0.02%) Greens, 65 (0.01%) Constitutionalists, 19 (0.0038%) Reforms, and 9 (0.0018%) Socialist Workers.[2][3]

Until January 1, 2006, Kentucky did not track party affiliation for registered voters who were neither Democratic nor Republican.[4] The Kentucky voter registration card does not explicitly list anything other than Democratic Party, Republican Party, or Other, with the "Other" option having a blank line and no instructions on how to register as something else.[5]


Kentucky counties within the 1st Congressional District: Adair | Allen | Ballard | Caldwell | Calloway | Carlisle | Casey | Christian | Clinton | Crittenden | Cumberland | Fulton | Graves | Henderson | Hickman | Hopkins | Livingston | Logan | Lyon | Marshall | McCracken | McLean | Metcalfe | Monroe | Muhlenberg | Russell | Simpson | Todd | Trigg | Union | Webster

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Service District Home Notes
No image.svg Christopher Greenup November 9, 1792 - March 3, 1795
March 4, 1795 - March 3, 1797
No image.svg Thomas T. Davis March 4, 1797 - March 3, 1803
No image.svg Matthew Lyon March 4, 1803 - March 3, 1811
No image.svg Anthony New March 4, 1811 - March 3, 1813
No image.svg James Clark March 4, 1813 - August, 1816 Leave of absence April 8, 1816, Resigned prior to August, 1816
No image.svg Thomas Fletcher December 2, 1816 - March 3, 1817
No image.svg David Trimble March 4, 1817 - March 3, 1823
March 4, 1823 - March 3, 1825
March 4, 1825 - March 3, 1827
No image.svg Henry Daniel March 4, 1827 - March 3, 1833
No image.svg Chittenden Lyon March 4, 1833 - March 3, 1835 Redistricted from the 12th district
No image.svg Linn Boyd March 4, 1835 - March 3, 1837
No image.svg John L. Murray March 4, 1837 - March 3, 1839
No image.svg Linn Boyd March 4, 1839 - March 3, 1855 Speaker of the House from 1851-1855
No image.svg Henry C. Burnett March 4, 1855 - December 3, 1861 Expelled
No image.svg Samuel L. Casey March 10, 1862 - March 3, 1863
No image.svg Lucien Anderson March 4, 1863 - March 3, 1865
No image.svg Lawrence S. Trimble March 4, 1865 - March 3, 1871
No image.svg Edward Crossland March 4, 1871 - March 3, 1875
No image.svg Andrew Boone March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1879
No image.svg Oscar Turner Independent Democrat March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1881
March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1883
Independent Democrat March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1885
No image.svg William J. Stone March 4, 1885 - March 3, 1895
No image.svg John K. Hendrick March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1897
No image.svg Charles K. Wheeler March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1903
No image.svg Ollie M. James March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1913 Left when elected US Senator
No image.svg Alben W. Barkley March 4, 1913 - March 3, 1927 Left when elected US Senator, later Vice President
No image.svg William V. Gregory March 4, 1927 - March 3, 1933

Redistricted to the At-large district

District redistricted to At-large district March 4, 1933
District re-established January 3, 1935 from At-large district
No image.svg Noble J. Gregory January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1959 Lost in Primary
No image.svg Frank Stubblefield January 3, 1959 - December 31, 1974 Lost in Primary, Resigned
No image.svg Carroll Hubbard January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1993 Lost in Primary
No image.svg Tom Barlow January 3, 1993 - January 3, 1995 Lost General Election
No image.svg Ed Whitfield January 3, 1995 – Present Incumbent

Recent Election Results[edit]

2002[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2002)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 117,600 65.26%
Democratic Klint Alexander 62,617 34.74%
Totals 180,217 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2004[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2004)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 175,972 67.37%
Democratic Billy Cartwright 85,229 32.63%
Totals 261,201 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2006[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2006)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 123,618 59.58%
Democratic Tom Barlow 83,865 40.42%
Totals 207,483 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2008[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2008)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 178,107 64.35%
Democratic Heather Ryan 98,674 35.65%
Totals 276,781 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2010[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 153,519 71.25%
Democratic Charles K. Hatchett 61,690 28.75%
Totals 215,209 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

2012[edit]

Kentucky's 1st Congressional District Election (2010)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ed Whitfield* 199,956 69.63%
Democratic Charles K. Hatchett 87,199 30.37%
Totals 287,155 100.00%
Voter turnout  %
Republican hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ "Registration Statistics: By Congression District". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Registration Statistics: Other Political Organizations and Groups". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2013-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Kentucky Administrative Regulations 31KAR4:150". Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. 2005-11. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ "Register To Vote". Kentucky State Board of Elections. 2003-08. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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