Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

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Massachusetts's 8th congressional district
Massachusetts's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Massachusetts's 8th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Stephen Lynch (DBoston)
Cook PVI D+9[1]

Massachusetts's 8th congressional district is located in eastern Massachusetts, including part of Boston. It is represented by Democrat Stephen Lynch. For one congressional term (1791-1793) it served as the home district of the District of Maine. The district boundaries are significantly changed as of the elections of 2012 due to redistricting after the 2010 census, with the old 8th district largely being shifted to the new 7th district.[2] The new 8th district comprises many of the communities of the old 9th district, as well as some easternmost Norfolk County communities and northernmost Plymouth County communities of the old 10th district.

Cities and towns in the District[edit]

In Bristol County:

Precincts 1 and 2 in Raynham.

In Norfolk County:

Avon, Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, Holbrook, Milton:Precincts 2-4, and 6-9, Norwood, Quincy, Stoughton, Walpole, Westwood and Weymouth.

In Plymouth County:

Abington, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, West Bridgewater, and Whitman.

In Suffolk County:

Boston, Ward 3: Precincts 1-6; Ward 5: Precincts 3-5, 11; Ward 6, Ward 7: Precincts 1-9, Ward 11: Precincts 9 and 10, Ward 13: Precincts 3, 7 and 10, Ward 16: Precincts 2, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 12, Ward 19: Precincts 1-6, 8 and 8, and Ward 20: Precincts 1, 2, and 4-20.

Cities and towns in the district prior to 2013[edit]

The district from 2003 to 2013
Massachusetts's 8th congressional district, 1891

1840s[edit]

"All the towns in Norfolk County; Abington, North Bridgewater, Hingham, and Hull, in the County of Plymouth; and Brighton, Holliston, Natick, Newton, and Sherburne, in the County of Middlesex."[3]

1850s[edit]

"The city of Lowell, and the towns of Acton, Ashby, Ashland, Bedford, Billerica, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Framingham, Groton, Hopkinton, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Natick, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wayland. Westford, and Weston, in the county of Middlesex; and the towns of Berlin, Bolton, Harvard, Lunenburg, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough, in the county of Worcester."[4]

1870s[edit]

"Ashland, Wards 22, 23, 25, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norwood, Sherborn, Southboro', Watertown, Wayland, and Weston."[5]

1893-1902[edit]

1893: Arlington, Boston (Wards 9, 10, 11), Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester.[6]

1903-1912[edit]

Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Medford, Somerville, Winchester, Woburn.[7]

1913-1932[edit]

Middlesex County: Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Lexington, Medford, Melrose, Stoneham, Wakefield, Watertown, Winchester.[8][9]

1933-1942[edit]

Cambridge (Wards 2, 3), Everett, Malden, Medford, Somerville.[7]

1943-1962[edit]

Everett, Lynnfield, Malden, Medford, Melrose, N. Reading, Reading, Saugus, Somerville (Wards 4, 5, 6, 7), Stoneham, Wakefield.[7][10]

1963-1972[edit]

Boston (Wards 1, 2, 3, 21, 22), Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville.[7][11]

1973-1982[edit]

Arlington, Belmont, Boston (Wards 1, 2, 5, 21, 22), Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown.[7][12]

1983-1992[edit]

Arlington, Belmont, Boston (Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 21, 22), Cambridge, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown.[7][13]

1993-2002[edit]

Belmont, Boston (Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22), Cambridge, Chelsea, Somerville, Watertown.[7]

2003-2013[edit]

In Middlesex County:

Cambridge, and Somerville.

In Suffolk County:

Boston, Wards 1, 2, Ward 3, Precincts 1-4, 7, 8, Ward 4, Ward 5, Precincts 1, 2, 6-10, Ward 7, Precinct 10, Wards 8-12, Ward 13, Precincts 1, 2, 4-6, Ward 14, Ward 15, Precincts 1-5, 7-9, Ward 16, Precincts 1, 3, Ward 17, Precincts 1-3, 5-12; Ward 18, Precincts 1-8, 13-15, 21, Ward 19, Precincts 1, 3-6, 8, 9, Wards 21 and 22, (the remainder of Boston is in the 9th district), and Chelsea.

List of representatives[edit]


Representative Party Years District home Note
Jonathan Grout Anti-Administration March 4, 1789 –
March 4, 1791
George Thatcher.jpg George Thatcher Pro-Administration March 4, 1791 –
March 4, 1793
Biddeford, Maine Redistricted from the 6th district

Redistricted to the 4th district
District eliminated 1793
District restored 1795
Fisher Ames - Project Gutenberg eText 15391.jpg Fisher Ames Federalist March 4, 1795 –
March 4, 1797
Dedham Redistricted from the 1st district
Harrisongrayotis.jpg Harrison Gray Otis Federalist March 4, 1797 –
March 4, 1801
Boston
William Eustis.jpg William Eustis Democratic-Republican March 4, 1801 –
March 4, 1803
Redistricted to the 1st district
Lemuel Williams Federalist March 4, 1803 –
March 4, 1805
New Bedford Redistricted from the 5th district
Isaiah L. Green Democratic-Republican March 4, 1805 –
March 4, 1809
Gideon Gardner Democratic-Republican March 4, 1809 –
March 4, 1811
Isaiah L. Green Democratic-Republican March 4, 1811 –
March 4, 1813
John Reed, Jr. Federalist March 4, 1813 –
March 4, 1815
West Bridgewater Redistricted to the 9th district
William Baylies Federalist March 4, 1815 –
March 4, 1817
Redistricted from the 7th district
Zabdiel Sampson Democratic-Republican March 4, 1817 –
July 26, 1820
Resigned on appointment as collector of customs in Plymouth
Vacant July 26, 1820 –
November 24, 1820
Aaron Hobart Democratic-Republican November 24, 1820 –
March 4, 1823
Redistricted to the 11th district
Samuel Lathrop Adams-Clay Federalist March 4, 1823 –
March 4, 1825
Redistricted from the 5th district
Adams March 4, 1825 –
March 4, 1827
IsaacBates.jpg Isaac C. Bates Adams March 4, 1827 –
March 4, 1829
Northampton
Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1829 –
March 4, 1835
William Barron Calhoun.png William B. Calhoun Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 –
March 4, 1837
Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 4, 1843
John Quincy Adams by GPA Healy, 1858.jpg John Quincy Adams Whig March 4, 1843 –
February 23, 1848
Redistricted from the 12th district

Died
Vacant February 24, 1848 –
April 2, 1848
Horace Mann - Daguerreotype by Southworth & Hawes, c1850.jpg Horace Mann Whig April 3, 1848 –
March 4, 1853
Tappan Wentworth Whig March 4, 1853 –
March 4, 1855
Chauncey L. Knapp.jpg Chauncey L. Knapp Know-nothing March 4, 1855 –
March 4, 1857
Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 4, 1859
CRTrain.jpg Charles R. Train[14] Republican March 4, 1859 –
March 4, 1863
JohnDBaldwindrawing.jpg John D. Baldwin Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 4, 1869
George Frisbie Hoar - Brady-Handy.jpg George F. Hoar[15] Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 4, 1873
Redistricted to the 9th district
John M. S. Williams Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 4, 1875
William W. Warren Democratic March 4, 1875 –
March 4, 1877
Lost re-election
William Claflin - Brady-Handy.jpg William Claflin[16] Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 4, 1881
Newton Retired
John Wilson Candler.png John W. Candler Republican March 4, 1881 –
March 4, 1883
William A. Russell Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
Redistricted from the 7th district
Charles Herbert Allen, 1898.jpg Charles H. Allen Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1889
Lowell Retired
Frederick T. Greenhalge.jpg Frederic T. Greenhalge Republican March 4, 1889 –
March 4, 1891
Moses T. Stevens.png Moses T. Stevens Democratic March 4, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
Redistricted to the 5th district
SamuelMcCall.jpg Samuel W. McCall[17][18] Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1913
Winchester
Frederick Simpson Deitrick Democratic March 4, 1913 –
March 4, 1915
Cambridge
Frederick W Dallinger.jpg Frederick W. Dallinger Republican March 4, 1915 –
March 4, 1925
Cambridge
Harry I. Thayer Republican March 4, 1925 –
March 10, 1926
Wakefield Died
Vacant March 10, 1926 –
November 2, 1926
Frederick W Dallinger.jpg Frederick W. Dallinger Republican November 2, 1926 –
October 1, 1932
Cambridge Resigned after appointment as judge of United States Customs Court
Vacant October 1, 1932 –
March 4, 1933
Arthur D. Healey[19] Democratic March 4, 1933 –
August 3, 1942
Somerville Resigned after appointment as judge of US District Court for Massachusetts
Vacant August 3, 1942 –
January 3, 1943
Angier Goodwin.png Angier L. Goodwin Republican January 3, 1943 –
January 3, 1955
Melrose Lost re-election
Torbert Macdonald.jpg Torbert H. Macdonald Democratic January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1963
Malden Redistricted to 7th district
SpeakerO'Neill.jpg Tip O'Neill[20] Democratic January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1987
Cambridge Redistricted from the 11th district
Retired
Joe Kennedy II.jpg Joseph P. Kennedy II[21] Democratic January 3, 1987 –
January 3, 1999
Brighton Retired
Michaelcapuano.jpeg Michael Capuano Democratic January 3, 1999 –
January 3, 2013
Somerville Redistricted to the 7th district
Stephen F. Lynch, 2008 cropped.jpg Stephen Lynch Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Present
South Boston Redistricted from the 9th district

Recent election results[edit]

2006 general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Mike Capuano 125,167 91
Socialist Workers Laura Garza 12,390 9
Majority 112,777 82
Turnout 137,557
Democratic hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.sec.state.ma.us/spr/sprcat/catpdf2010/cong2010/CongressionalDistrict_2011State.pdf Access date: March 20, 2012.
  3. ^ John Hayward (1849). "Congressional Districts". Gazetteer of Massachusetts. Boston: J.P. Jewett & Co. 
  4. ^ "Congressional Districts". Massachusetts Register 1862. Boston: Adams, Sampson, & Co. 
  5. ^ "Congressional Districts of Massachusetts". Massachusetts Register and Business Directory, 1878. Boston: Sampson, Davenport, and Co. 
  6. ^ Francis M. Cox (1893). "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: Fifty-Third Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Geographical History of the 7th District". U.S. Congressman Michael E. Capuano. Washington DC: U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved November 23, 2013.  (Includes geographical history of Massachusetts's 8th congressional district, pre-2013)
  8. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 64th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1916. 
  9. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1921), "Population of Congressional Districts", Population of Massachusetts as determined by the fourteenth census of the United States 1920, Boston: Wright & Potter 
  10. ^ Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1941), "Population of Congressional Districts", Population of Massachusetts as determined by the sixteenth census of the United States, 1940, Boston: Wright & Potter, OCLC 10056477, "House No. 2849" 
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  12. ^ "Massachusetts", 1977 Official Congressional Directory: 95th Congress, Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1977 
  13. ^ "Massachusetts". 1985-1986 Official Congressional Directory: 99th Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1985. 
  14. ^ "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory for the Second Session of the Thirty-Seventh Congress. Washington DC: House of Representatives. 1861. 
  15. ^ Ben. Perley Poore (1869). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory for the First Session of the Forty-First Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 
  16. ^ Ben. Perley Poore (1878). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory: 45th Congress (3rd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 
  17. ^ L.A. Coolidge (1897). "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: Fifty-Fifth Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 
  18. ^ A.J. Halford (1909). "Massachusetts". Congressional Directory: 60th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 
  19. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 75th Congress (2nd ed.). Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1938. 
  20. ^ "Massachusetts". Official Congressional Directory: 90th Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1968. 
  21. ^ "Massachusetts". 1991-1992 Official Congressional Directory: 102nd Congress. Washington DC: Government Printing Office. 1991. 

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Coordinates: 42°11′41″N 70°56′38″W / 42.19472°N 70.94389°W / 42.19472; -70.94389