Missouri's 6th congressional district

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Missouri's 6th congressional district
Missouri's 6th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Missouri's 6th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Sam Graves (RTarkio)
Cook PVI R+9[1]

Missouri's 6th congressional district takes in a large swath of land in rural northern Missouri. Its largest voting population is centered in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the town of St. Joseph. The district includes all of Kansas City north of the Missouri River (including Kansas City International Airport).

Rep, Graves (left) with George W. Bush at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri. March, 2007.

The district takes in all or parts of the following counties: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clay, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, De Kalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Howard, Jackson, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Putnam, Ray, Schuyler, Sullivan, Worth.

Notable representatives from the district include governors John Smith Phelps and Austin A. King as well as Kansas City Mayor Robert T. Van Horn. In 1976, Jerry Litton was killed on election night as he flew to a victory party after winning the Democratic nomination for United States Senate. The visitors center at Smithville Lake is named in Litton's memory.

George W. Bush beat John Kerry in this district 57%-43% in 2004. The district is represented by Republican Sam Graves. Graves easily held on to his seat what was expected to be a tough 2008 election, defeating former Kansas City mayor Kay Waldo Barnes by 22 percentage points.

Redistricting following 2010 Census[edit]

After Missouri lost a Congressional seat following the 2010 Census (in part because of losses in population in several rural northern Missouri counties) proposed redistricting calls for the district to encompass most of Missouri north of the Missouri River stretching from border to border from Kansas to Illinois. The biggest geographic addition will be northeast Missouri (including Kirksville, Missouri and Hannibal, Missouri) that was formerly represented by Missouri's 9th congressional district.[2]

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1853
John smith phelps.jpg John S. Phelps Democratic March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1863 Redistricted from the 5th district
AustinAugustusKing.jpg Austin A. King Unionist March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Hon. Robert T. Van Horn, Mo - NARA - 528304.jpg Robert T. Van Horn Republican March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1871
Abram Comingo.jpg Abram Comingo Democratic March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873 Redistricted to the 8th district
No image.svg Harrison E. Havens Republican March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875 Redistricted from the 4th district
No image.svg Charles H. Morgan Democratic March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
No image.svg James R. Waddill Democratic March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
No image.svg Ira S. Hazeltine Greenback March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
No image.svg John Cosgrove Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
No image.svg John T. Heard Democratic March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1893 Redistricted to the 7th district
No image.svg David A. De Armond Democratic March 4, 1893 – November 23, 1909 Redistricted from the 12th district, Died
Vacant November 23, 1909 – February 1, 1910
No image.svg Clement C. Dickinson Democratic February 1, 1910 – March 3, 1921
No image.svg William O. Atkeson Republican March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923
No image.svg Clement C. Dickinson Democratic March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1929
No image.svg Thomas J. Halsey Republican March 4, 1929 – March 3, 1931
No image.svg Clement C. Dickinson Democratic March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933 Redistricted to the At-large district
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935 District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket
No image.svg Reuben T. Wood Democratic January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941 Redistricted from the At-large district
No image.svg Philip A. Bennett Republican January 3, 1941 – December 7, 1942 Died
Vacant December 7, 1942 – January 12, 1943
No image.svg Marion T. Bennett Republican January 12, 1943 – January 3, 1949
No image.svg George H. Christopher Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1951
No image.svg Orland K. Armstrong Republican January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
No image.svg William C. Cole Republican January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
No image.svg William Raleigh Hull, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1973
Jerry Litton.jpg Jerry Litton Democratic January 3, 1973 – August 3, 1976 Chillicothe Died in plane crash after winning Democratic Primary for United States Senate
Vacant August 3, 1976 – November 2, 1976
No image.svg Tom Coleman Republican November 2, 1976 – January 3, 1993
PatDanner.jpg Pat Danner Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2001
Sam Graves, Official Portrait, c113th Congress.jpg Sam Graves Republican January 3, 2001–present Tarkio Incumbent

Election results[edit]

1996199820002002200420062008

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 1996[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Pat Danner 169,006 68.6%
Republican Jeff Bailey 72,064 29.3%
Libertarian Karl H. Wetzel 5,212 2.1%
Total votes 246,282 100%
Majority
Turnout
Democratic hold Swing

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 1998[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Pat Danner (Incumbent) 136,774 70.9%
Republican Jeff Bailey 51,679 26.8%
Libertarian Karl H. Wetzel 4,324 2.2%
Total votes 129,777 100%
Majority
Turnout
Democratic hold Swing

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2000[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Samuel B. Graves, Jr. 138,925 50.9%
Democratic Steve Danner 127,792 46.8%
Libertarian Jimmy Dykes 3,696 1.4%
Independent Marie Richey 2,788 1.0%
Total votes 273,201 100%
Majority
Turnout
Republican gain from Democratic Swing

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2002[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Samuel B. Graves, Jr. (Incumbent) 131,151 63.0%
Democratic Cathy Rinehart 73,202 35.2%
Libertarian Erik Buck 3,735 1.8%
Total votes 208,088 100%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2004[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Samuel B. Graves, Jr. (Incumbent) 196,516 63.83%
Democratic Charles S. Broomfield 106,987 34.75%
Libertarian Erik Buck 4,352 1.41%
Total votes 307,885 100%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2006[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Samuel B. Graves, Jr. (Incumbent) 150,882 61.64%
Democratic Sara Jo Shettles 87,477 35.73%
Libertarian Erik Buck 4,757 1.94%
Progressive Shirley A. Yurkonis 1,679 0.69%
Total votes 244,795 100%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2008[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Samuel B. Graves, Jr. (Incumbent) 196,526 59.4%
Democratic Kay Barnes 121,894 36.9%
Libertarian Dave Browning 12,279 3.7%
Total votes 330,699 100%
Majority 62,353 18.8%
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

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. ^ http://ozarksfirst.com/fulltext?nxd_id=431886
  3. ^ 1996 Election Results
  4. ^ 1998 Election Results
  5. ^ 2000 Election Results
  6. ^ 2002 Election Results
  7. ^ Official Manual of the State of Missouri, 2005-2006, page 637
  8. ^ Official Manual of the State of Missouri, 2007-2008, page 649
  9. ^ 2008 Election Results

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