Minnesota's 2nd congressional district

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Minnesota's 2nd congressional district
Minnesota's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Minnesota's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative John Kline (RLakeville)
Area 3035[1] mi² (7861 km²)
Distribution 80% urban, 20% rural
Population (2000) 614,934[2]
Median income $61,344
Ethnicity 93.2% White, 1.6% Black, 2.3% Asian, 2.6% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 1.1% other
Cook PVI R+2[3]
External images
THIS govtrack.us MAP, is a useful representation of the 2nd CD's borders, based on Google Maps.

Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district covers the south Twin Cities metro area and contains all of Scott, Dakota, Goodhue, and Wabasha counties. It also contains part of northern and eastern Rice County including the city of Northfield, and southern Washington County including the city of Cottage Grove. Burnsville and Eagan are the largest cities in the district.

Three of Minnesota’s most important rivers run through the district, the Mississippi River, the Minnesota River, and the St. Croix River. Interstate highways I-35 E and I-35 W merge in the district in addition to the north-south thoroughfares of U.S. Routes 169, 61, and 52 and the east-west Route 212. The suburban areas in the northern part of the district blend into the rural farmland in the south. The district's economy includes agriculture, small businesses, and large corporations.

Some of the largest employers in the district are Thomson North American Legal, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Northwest Airlines, 3M, Lockheed Martin, Cambria, and Red Wing Shoes. The district includes Pine Bend Refinery, the largest oil refinery in Minnesota, owned by Koch Industries.

The 2nd District is also home to two private liberal arts colleges: St. Olaf and Carleton, both in Northfield. Minnesota's largest amusement park, Valleyfair, is in Shakopee, and Le Sueur, in the southwest part of the district, is the birthplace of the world famous Jolly Green Giant food products.

Two of Minnesota's oldest cities, Hastings and Red Wing are in the district. The district hosts heritage festivals and town celebrations, such as Kolacky days in Montgomery, the Pine Island Cheese festival, and Shakopee Derby Days.

Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District is currently represented by Republican John Kline (Lakeville), a retired United States Marine Corps Colonel. Kline was considered to be the most conservative member of the Minnesota delegation in the 109th Congress, scoring 100% conservative by a conservative group[4] and 3% progressive by a liberal group.[5] The district is Republican-leaning with a CPVI of R + 3.[6]

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Representative Party Years Notes
District created March 4, 1861
37th William Windom Republican March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863 Redistricted from the At-large district, Redistricted to the 1st district
38th40th Ignatius L. Donnelly Republican March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1869
39th Eugene McLanahan Wilson Democratic March 4, 1869 – March 3, 1871
42nd John T. Averill Republican March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873 Redistricted to the 3rd district
43rd45th Horace B. Strait Republican March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1879
46th Henry Poehler Democratic March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1881
47th Horace B. Strait Republican March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883 Redistricted to the 3rd district
48th49th James Wakefield Republican March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
50th -52nd John Lind Republican March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1893
53rd59th James McCleary Republican March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1907
60th63rd Winfield Scott Hammond Democratic March 4, 1907 – January 6, 1915 Resigned after being elected Governor
Vacant January 6, 1915 – March 4, 1915
64th66th Franklin Ellsworth Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1921
67th72nd Frank Clague Republican March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1933
73rd March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1935 District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket
74th76th Elmer Ryan Democratic January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941
77th85th Joseph P. O'Hara Republican January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1959
86th93rd Ancher Nelsen Republican January 3, 1959 – December 31, 1974 Resigned
Vacant December 31, 1974 – January 3, 1975
94th97th Tom Hagedorn Republican January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1983
98th102nd Vin Weber Republican January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 Redistricted from the 6th district
103rd106th David Minge DFL January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2001
107th Mark Kennedy Republican January 3, 2001 – January 3, 2003 Redistricted to the 6th district
108th113th John Kline Republican January 3, 2003 – present Incumbent

Elections[edit]

2012[edit]

2012 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 193,586 54.1 -9.2
Democratic Mike Obermueller 164,335 45.9
N/A others 521 .15

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2010[edit]

2010 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 181.341 63.3 +6
Democratic Shelly Madore 104,809 36.6
N/A others 303 .11

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2008[edit]

2008 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 220,926 57.3 +1.3
Democratic Steve Sarvi 164,079 42.5
N/A others 614 0.2

2006[edit]

2006 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 163,292 56 -1
Democratic Coleen Rowley 116,360 40 -
Independence Doug Williams 10,802 4 +1

2004[edit]

2004 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 206,313 57 +4
Democratic Teresa Daly 147,527 40
Independence Doug Williams 11,822 3

2002[edit]

2002 Second Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican John Kline 152,533 53
Democratic Bill Luther 121,072 42
Independent Sam Garst 12,408 5 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota congressional districts by urban and rural population and land area". US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved April 2, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Fast Facts". US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved April 1, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Congressional Voting Scorecard 2005" (pdf). SBE Council’s Congressional Voting Scorecard 2005. Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council. June 2006. Retrieved November 2, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Leading with the Left". Progressive Punch. Retrieved November 2, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Will Gerrymandered Districts Stem the Wave of Voter Unrest?". The Campaign Legal Center. Retrieved March 30, 2007. 
  7. ^ http://minnesotaelectionresults.sos.state.mn.us/Results/USRepresentative/1?officeinelectionid=4&districtid=557
  8. ^ http://minnesotaelectionresults.sos.state.mn.us/20101102/ElecRslts.asp?M=CG&CD=02

Coordinates: 44°28′44″N 92°51′11″W / 44.47889°N 92.85306°W / 44.47889; -92.85306