Missouri's 7th congressional district

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Missouri's 7th congressional district
Current Representative Billy Long (RSpringfield)
Distribution 59.28% urban, 40.72% rural
Population (2010) 721,754
Median income $32,929
Ethnicity 94.1% White, 1.3% Black, 0.7% Asian, 2.6% Hispanic, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI R+17[1]

Missouri's 7th congressional district consists of Southwest Missouri. The district includes Springfield, the home of Missouri State University, and the popular tourist destination city of Branson. Located along the borders of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Northwest Arkansas, the district occupies part of the Bible Belt, and is the most Republican district in the state with a strong socially conservative trend. George W. Bush defeated John Kerry 67% to 32% in Election 2004.

The district is currently represented by Billy Long (R-Springfield).

The district from 2003 to 2013

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Notes
District created March 4, 1853
Samuel Caruthers Whig March 4, 1853 - March 4, 1855
Opposition March 4, 1855 - March 4, 1857
Democratic March 4, 1857 - March 4, 1859
John W. Noell Democratic March 4, 1859 - March 4, 1863 Redistricted to the 3rd district
Benjamin F. Loan Unconditional Unionist March 4, 1863 - March 4, 1865
Republican March 4, 1865 - March 4, 1869
Joel F. Asper Republican March 4, 1869 - March 4, 1871
Isaac Parker Republican March 4, 1871 - March 4, 1873 Redistricted to the 9th district
Thomas T. Crittenden Democratic March 4, 1873 - March 4, 1875
John F. Philips Democratic March 4, 1875 - March 4, 1877
Thomas T. Crittenden Democratic March 4, 1877 - March 4, 1879
Alfred M. Lay Democratic March 4, 1879 - December 8, 1879 Died
Vacant December 8, 1879 - January 10, 1880
John F. Philips Democratic January 10, 1880 - March 4, 1881
Theron M. Rice Greenback March 4, 1881 - March 4, 1883
Aylett H. Buckner Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 4, 1885 Redistricted from the 13th district
John E. Hutton Democratic March 4, 1885 - March 4, 1889
Richard H. Norton Democratic March 4, 1889 - March 3, 1893
John T. Heard Democratic March 4, 1893 - March 3, 1895 Redistricted from the 6th district
John P. Tracey Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1897
James Cooney Democratic March 4, 1897 - March 3, 1903
Courtney W. Hamlin Democratic March 4, 1903 - March 4, 1905
John Welborn Republican March 4, 1905 - March 4, 1907
Courtney W. Hamlin Democratic March 4, 1907 - March 4, 1919
Samuel C. Major Democratic March 4, 1919 - March 4, 1921
Roscoe C. Patterson Republican March 4, 1921 - March 4, 1923
Samuel C. Major Democratic March 4, 1923 - March 4, 1929
John W. Palmer Republican March 4, 1929 - March 4, 1931
Samuel C. Major Democratic March 4, 1931 - July 28, 1931 Died
Vacant July 28, 1931 - September 29, 1931
Robert D. Johnson Democratic September 29, 1931 - March 4, 1933
March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1935 District inactive, all representatives elected At-large on a general ticket
Dewey Short Republican January 3, 1935 - January 3, 1957
Charles H. Brown Democratic January 3, 1957 - January 3, 1961
Durward G. Hall Republican January 3, 1961 - January 3, 1973
Gene Taylor Republican January 3, 1973 - January 3, 1989
Mel Hancock Republican January 3, 1989 - January 3, 1997
Roy Blunt Republican January 3, 1997 - January 3, 2011
Billy Long Republican January 3, 2011 - Present Incumbent

Counties[edit]

There are a total of 10 counties included in MO-07.

Largest cities[edit]

The 10 largest cities in MO-07 are as follows.

Rank City County Population (2010) Population (2011 Estimates)
1 Springfield Greene/Christian 159,498 160,660
2 Joplin Jasper/Newton 50,150 51,186
3 Nixa Christian 19,022 19,303
4 Ozark Christian 17,820 18,082
5 Republic Christian/Greene 14,751 14,864
6 Carthage Jasper 14.378 14,502
7 Neosho Newton 11,835 11,894
8 Webb City Jasper 10,996 11,095
9 Branson Taney/Stone 10,520 10,739
10 Bolivar Polk 10,325 10,334

2008 presidential election results[edit]

The table below shows how individual counties in MO-07 voted in the 2008 presidential election. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) swept the district with 63.07 percent of the vote while U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) received 35.39 percent, a 27.68-percent margin of victory for the GOP. McCain received less than 60 percent in only Greene County, where Obama may have been helped by the college subplot presence of Missouri State University.

County John McCain Barack Obama Difference
Newton 69.42 29.32 R + 40.10
McDonald 67.60 30.17 R + 37.43
Stone 68.02 30.69 R + 37.33
Taney 68.02 30.85 R + 37.17
Lawrence 67.70 30.64 R + 37.06
Christian 67.33 31.52 R + 35.81
Barry 66.63 31.62 R + 35.01
Jasper 65.67 32.62 R + 33.05
Polk 65.39 33.24 R + 32.15
Greene 57.06 41.26 R + 15.08

2008 Missouri Republican presidential primary election results[edit]

The table below shows how individual counties in MO-07 voted in the 2008 Missouri Republican Presidential Primary. Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) carried every county in MO-07 over U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts).

County Mike Huckabee John McCain Mitt Romney Difference
Taney 55.89 25.90 14.17 H + 29.99
Polk 51.33 25.28 18.65 H + 26.05
Christian 48.46 24.37 22.75 H + 24.09
McDonald 48.71 25.55 14.75 H + 23.16
Lawrence 48.75 26.19 18.96 H + 22.56
Barry 49.69 28.31 15.33 H + 21.38
Newton 45.49 25.95 22.82 H + 19.54
Jasper 42.23 25.82 26.03 H + 16.20
Greene 42.48 27.09 25.17 H + 15.39
Stone 45.01 31.82 18.80 H + 13.19

2008 Missouri Democratic presidential primary election results[edit]

The table below shows how individual counties in MO-07 voted in the 2008 Missouri Democratic Presidential Primary. Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) carried every county in the district by convincing margins over U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois).

County Hillary Clinton Barack Obama Difference
McDonald 68.39 26.00 C + 42.39
Barry 65.52 30.47 C + 35.05
Newton 65.55 31.46 C + 34.09
Polk 63.81 33.28 C + 30.53
Taney 63.69 33.74 C + 29.95
Lawrence 61.58 34.86 C + 26.72
Stone 61.76 35.17 C + 26.59
Jasper 60.42 36.39 C + 24.03
Christian 57.68 39.93 C + 17.75
Greene 54.94 42.77 C + 12.17

2008 gubernatorial election results[edit]

The table below shows how individual counties in MO-07 voted in the 2008 Missouri gubernatorial election. Former Attorney General and now Governor Jay Nixon (D) lost the district to his challenger, former U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (R).

County Kenny Hulshof Jay Nixon Difference
Newton 61.85 36.29 R + 25.56
McDonald 59.74 36.63 R + 23.11
Jasper 58.61 39.42 R + 19.19
Jasper 58.61 39.42 R + 19.19
Taney 51.16 46.31 R + 4.85
Stone 49.53 47.46 R + 2.07
Christian 49.65 47.73 R + 1.92
Barry 49.48 47.90 R + 1.58
Lawrence 49.15 47.94 R + 1.21
Polk 45.76 49.52 D + 3.76
Greene 42.84 54.45 D + 11.61

Median household incomes[edit]

Rank County Income (2008)
1 Christian $50,200
2 Greene $44,185
3 Newton $43,872
4 Stone $40,487
5 Jasper $40,243
6 Taney $39,771
7 Lawrence $38,778
8 Polk $37,199
9 Barry $35,889
10 McDonald $33,448

Median family incomes[edit]

Rank County Income (2008)
1 Christian $58,806
2 Greene $56,047
3 Newton $51,178
4 Jasper $49,007
5 Taney $47,664
6 Stone $46,675
7 Lawrence $45,843
8 Polk $45,263
9 Barry $41,861
10 McDonald $38,848

Election results[edit]

1998: Roy Blunt (R) vs. Marc Perkel (D)[2]

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 1998[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt (Incumbent) 129,746 72.6%
Democratic Marc Perkel 43,146 24.3%
Libertarian Mike Harman 5,639 3.2%
Total votes 178,801 100%%
Majority 80,691 45.1%
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt (Incumbent) 149,519 74.81%
Democratic Roland Roy Lapham 45,964 23.00%
Libertarian Douglas Andrew Burlison 4,378 2.19%
Other Steven L. Reed 2 0.00%
Total votes 199,863 100%%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2004[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt (Incumbent) 210,080 70.45%
Democratic Jim Newberry 84,356 28.29%
Libertarian James K. Craig 2,767 0.93%
Constitution Steve Alger 1,002 0.34%
Total votes 298,205 100%%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2006[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt (Incumbent) 160,942 66.75%
Democratic Jack Truman 75,592 30.11%
Libertarian Kevin Craig 7,566 3.14%
Other Glenn Miller 23 0.01%
Total votes 241,123 100%%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections in Missouri, 2008[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt (Incumbent) 219,016 67.76%
Democratic Richard Monroe 91,010 28.16%
Libertarian Kevin Craig 6,971 2.16%
Constitution Travis Maddox 6,166 1.91%
Other Midge Potts 49 0.02%
Total votes 323,212 100%%
Majority
Turnout
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ http://sos.mo.gov/enrweb/raceresults.asp?eid=6&oid=1551&arc=1
  3. ^ 1998 Election Results
  4. ^ Official Manual of Missouri, 2003-2004, page 627.
  5. ^ Official Manual of Missouri, 2005-2006, page 637
  6. ^ Official Manual of Missouri, 2007-2008, page 649
  7. ^ 2008 Election Results