Minnesota's 3rd congressional district

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Minnesota's 3rd congressional district
Minnesota's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Minnesota's 3rd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Erik Paulsen (REden Prairie)
Area 468[1] mi² (1212 km²)
Distribution 96% urban, 4% rural
Population (2000) 614,935[2]
Median income $63,816
Ethnicity 89.5% White, 3.8% Black, 4% Asian, 1.8% Hispanic, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% other
Cook PVI R+2[3]
External images
THIS govtrack.us MAP, is a useful representation of the 3rd CD's borders, based on Google Maps.

Minnesota's 3rd congressional district encompasses the suburbs of Hennepin County to the north, west, and south of Minneapolis. With blue collar Brooklyn Park and Coon Rapids to the north, middle-income Bloomington to the south, and higher-income Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Plymouth, Minnetrista, and Wayzata to the West, it features a mixed characteristic. Republican Erik Paulsen currently represents the district in the U.S. House of Representatives, having been elected in 2008.

Election of 2008[edit]

The district leans slightly Republican with a CPVI of EVEN.[4] However, 53% of people in the district voted for Barack Obama in 2008, equal to his share of the national popular vote. On September 17, 2007, incumbent Republican Jim Ramstad announced he would not seek reelection in 2008.[5] On November 4, 2008, Republican Erik Paulsen defeated Democrat Ashwin Madia to replace Ramstad.[6]

Election of 2010[edit]

On April 10, 2010 the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party Party endorsed Jim Meffert to run for the seat, while the GOP endorsed Paulsen for another term.

On November 2, 2010, Paulsen was re-elected in a landslide, taking 59% to Meffert's 37%.

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Representative Party Years Notes
District created March 4, 1873
43rd John T. Averill Republican March 4, 1873 - March 3, 1875 Redistricted from the 2nd district
44th William S. King Republican March 4, 1875 - March 3, 1877
45th Jacob H. Stewart Republican March 4, 1877 - March 3, 1879
46th-47th William D. Washburn Republican March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1883 Redistricted to the 4th district
48th-49th Horace B. Strait Republican March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1887 Redistricted from the 2nd district
50th John L. MacDonald Democratic March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1889
51st Darwin Hall Republican March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1891
52nd-53rd Osee M. Hall Democratic March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1895
54th-57th Joel Heatwole Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1903
58th-68th Charles Russell Davis Republican March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1925
69th-72nd August H. Andresen Republican March 4, 1925 - March 3, 1933
73rd March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935 District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket
74th Ernest Lundeen Farmer-Labor January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1937 Redistricted from the At-large district
75th Henry Teigan Farmer-Labor January 3, 1937 - January 3, 1939
76th John G. Alexander Republican January 3, 1939 - January 3, 1941
77th-78th Richard Pillsbury Gale Republican January 3, 1941 - January 3, 1945
79th William Gallagher DFL January 3, 1945 - August 13, 1946 Died
Vacant August 13, 1946 - January 3, 1947
80th George MacKinnon Republican January 3, 1947 - January 3, 1949
81st-86th Roy Wier DFL January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1961
87th-91st Clark MacGregor Republican January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1971
92nd-101st Bill Frenzel Republican January 3, 1971 - January 3, 1991
102nd-110th Jim Ramstad Republican January 3, 1991 - January 3, 2009
111th-113th Erik Paulsen Republican January 3, 2009 - Present Incumbent

Elections[edit]

2012[edit]

See also: Erik_Paulsen#Elections
See also: United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections_in_Minnesota,_2012#District_3

2010[edit]

2010 Third Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Erik Paulsen 161,177 58.8 -
Democratic Jim Meffert 100,240 36.6 -
Independence Jon Oleson 12,508 4.6 -

2008[edit]

2008 Third Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Erik Paulsen 179,032 48.5 -
Democratic Ashwin Madia 150,863 40.9 -
Independence David Dillon 38,987 10.6 -

2006[edit]

2006 Third Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Ramstad 184,355 65 -
Democratic Wendy Wilde 99,599 35 -

2004[edit]

2004 Third Congressional District of Minnesota Elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Ramstad 231,872 65 -7
Democratic Deborah Watts 126,670 35 -

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota congressional districts by urban and rural population and land area". US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Fast Facts". US Census Bureau. 2000. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  4. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 111th Congress, Arranged by State/District". The Cook Political Report. 2009-04-10. 
  5. ^ Fred Frommer, Fred (2007-09-17). "Ramstad announces his retirement from Congress". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Election results: Minnesota: U.S. House". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 2008-11-05. 

Coordinates: 44°59′45″N 93°31′43″W / 44.99583°N 93.52861°W / 44.99583; -93.52861