Nevada's 2nd congressional district

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Nevada's 2nd congressional district
Nevada's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Nevada's 2nd congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Mark Amodei (RCarson City)
Population (2010) 679,147
Median income $51,505
Ethnicity 60.2% White, 2% Black, 3.8% Asian, 21.1% Hispanic, 2.5% Native American, 10.4% other
Cook PVI R+5

Nevada's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district that includes the northern third of the state. It includes most of Lyon County, all of Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, Storey and Washoe counties, as well as the state capital, Carson City. The largest city in the district is Reno, the state's third largest city. Although the district appears rural, its politics are dominated by Reno and Carson City, which combined cast over 85 percent of the district's vote.

The district was initially created after the 1980 Census. From then until 2013, it occupied all of the state outside of Clark County, and some parts of Clark County. It was the third-largest congressional district by land area and was the largest district that did not consist of an entire state.

Historically, the 2nd has had a heavy Republican lean. Republicans have held the district since its creation, and Democrats have only made three serious bids for the seat. In presidential elections, the district has historically voted Republican; George W. Bush won the district by 20 points in 2000 and 16 points in 2004. However, in the 2008 election John McCain earned only 88 votes more (out of 335,720 votes) than Barack Obama in the district.

Republican Mark Amodei has held the seat since 2011.

2011 special election[edit]

On April 21, 2011, U.S. Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.), plagued by scandal and facing an inquiry by the Senate Ethics Committee, announced his resignation effective May 3.[1] On April 27, Governor Brian Sandoval announced he would appoint Dean Heller, the 2nd district's third-term congressman, to fill out Ensign's term in the Senate. Heller had already planned to run for the seat after Ensign announced a month earlier that he would not run for a third term. To fill the vacancy created by Heller's resignation on May 9, Sandoval was required to call a special election to be held within six months of the occurrence of the vacancy.[2]

A special election was held on September 13, 2011. Former Republican state senator Mark Amodei defeated Democratic Secretary of State Kate Marshall.[3]

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races[4]

Year Office Result
2000 President Bush 57 - 37%
2004 President Bush 57 - 41%
2008 President McCain 49 - 49%
2012 President Romney 53 - 45%

List of representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years Congress Electoral history
Vucanovich.jpg Barbara Vucanovich Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1997
98th First elected in 1982
Retired
99th
100th
101st
102nd
103rd
104th
Jimgibbons.jpg Jim Gibbons Republican January 3, 1997 –
December 31, 2006
105th First elected in 1996
Retired to run for Governor of Nevada
and resigned early to become Governor
106th
107th
108th
109th
Vacant December 31, 2006 –
January 3, 2007
109th
Dean Heller, Official Portrait, 112th Congress (Rep).jpg Dean Heller Republican January 3, 2007 –
May 9, 2011
110th First elected in 2006
Resigned to become U.S. Senator
111th
112th
Vacant May 9, 2011 –
September 15, 2011
112th
Mark Amodei.jpg Mark Amodei Republican September 15, 2011 –
present
112th First elected in special election in 2011
Re-elected in 2012
113th

Election results[edit]

1982198419861988199019921994199619982000200220042006200820102012

1982[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1982[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich 70,188 55.49%
Democratic Mary Gojack 52,265 41.32%
Libertarian Teresa Vuceta 4,043 3.20%
Totals 126,496 100.0%
Republican win (new seat)

1984[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1984[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 99,775 71.21%
Democratic Andrew Barbano 36,130 25.79%
Libertarian Dan Becan 4,201 3.00%
Totals 140,106 100.0%
Republican hold

1986[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1986[7]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 83,479 58.41%
Democratic Pete Sferrazza 59,433 41.59%
Totals 142,912 100.0%
Republican hold

1988[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1988[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 105,981 57.26%
Democratic Jim Spoo 75,163 40.61%
Libertarian Kent Cromwell 3,953 2.14%
Totals 185,097 100.0%
Republican hold

1990[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1990[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 103,508 59.08%
Democratic Jane Wisdom 59,581 34.01%
Libertarian Dan Becan 12,120 6.92%
Totals 175,209 100.0%
Republican hold

1992[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1992[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 129,575 47.91%
Democratic Pete Sferrazza 117,199 43.33%
Independent American Daniel M. Hansen 13,285 4.91%
Libertarian Dan Becan 7,552 2.79%
Populist Don Golden 2,850 1.05%
Totals 270,461 100.0%
Republican hold

1994[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1994[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Barbara Vucanovich (incumbent) 142,202 63.50%
Democratic Janet Greeson 65,390 29.20%
Independent American Thomas F. Jefferson 9,615 4.29%
Natural Law Lois Avery 6,725 3.00%
Totals 223,932 100.0%
Republican hold

1996[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1996[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons 162,310 58.56%
Democratic Thomas "Spike" Wilson 97,942 35.26%
Independent American Daniel M. Hansen 8,780 3.17%
Natural Law Lois Avery 4,628 1.67%
Libertarian Louis R. Tomburello 3,732 1.35%
Totals 277,192 100.0%
Republican hold

1998[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 1998[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 201,623 81.05%
Independent American Christopher Horne 20,738 8.34%
Libertarian Louis R. Tomburello 18,561 7.46%
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 7,841 3.15%
Totals 248,763 100.0%
Republican hold

2000[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2000[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 229,608 64.50%
Democratic Tierney Cahill 106,379 29.88%
Independent American Daniel M. Hansen 5,582 1.57%
Green A. Charles Laws 5,547 1.56%
Libertarian Terry Savage 5,343 1.50%
Citizens First Ken Brenneman 2,367 0.66%
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 1,143 0.32%
Totals 355,969 100.0%
Republican hold

2002[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2002[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 149,574 74.34%
Democratic Travis O. Souza 40,189 19.97%
Independent American Janine Hansen 7,240 3.60%
Libertarian Brendan Trainor 3,413 1.70%
Natural Law Robert W. Winquist 784 0.39%
Totals 201,200 100.0%
Republican hold

2004[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2004[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jim Gibbons (incumbent) 195,466 67.15%
Democratic Angie G. Cochran 79,978 27.48%
Independent American Janine Hansen 10,638 3.65%
Libertarian Brendan Trainor 4,997 1.72%
Totals 291,079 100.0%
Republican hold

2006[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2006[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Heller 117,168 50.35%
Democratic Jill Derby 104,593 44.94%
Independent Daniel Rosen 5,524 2.37%
Independent American James C. Kroshus 5,439 2.34%
Totals 232,724 100.0%
Republican hold

2008[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2008[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Heller (incumbent) 170,771 51.82%
Democratic Jill Derby 136,548 41.44%
Independent American John Everhart 11,179 3.39%
Libertarian Sean Patrick Morse 5,740 1.74%
Green Craig Bergland 5,282 1.60%
Totals 329,520 100.0%
Republican hold

2010[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2010[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Dean Heller (incumbent) 169,458 63.30%
Democratic Nancy Price 87,421 32.66%
Independent American Russell Best 10,829 4.05%
Totals 267,708 100.0%
Republican hold

2011 Special Election[edit]

2011 Nevada Second Congressional District (Special Election) [20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark E. Amodei 74,976 58%
Democratic Kate Marshall 46,669 36%
Independent Helmuth Lehmann 5,354 4%
Independent American Timothy Fasano 2,415 2%
Totals 129,414 %
Republican hold

2012[edit]

United States House of Representatives elections, 2012[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mark Amodei (incumbent) 162,213 57.63%
Democratic Samuel Koepnick 102,019 36.25%
Independent American Russell Best 6,051 2.15%
Independent Michael Haines 11,166 3.97%
Totals 281,499 100.0%
Republican hold

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

Coordinates: 40°39′04″N 117°19′47″W / 40.65111°N 117.32972°W / 40.65111; -117.32972