Nebraska's 3rd congressional district

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Nebraska's 3rd congressional district
Current Representative Adrian Smith (RGering)
Distribution 46.21% urban, 53.79% rural
Population (2000) 570,571
Median income $33,866
Ethnicity 94.4% White, 0.3% Black, 0.5% Asian, 6.0% Hispanic, 0.8% Native American, 0.1% other
Cook PVI R+23

Nebraska's 3rd congressional district seat encompasses the western three-fourths of the state; it is one of the largest non-at-large Congressional districts in the country, covering nearly 65,000 square miles (170,000 km2), two time zones and 68.5 counties. It includes Grand Island, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, and Scottsbluff.

Nebraska has had at least three congressional districts since 1883. The district's current configuration dates from 1963, when Nebraska lost a seat as a result of the 1960 United States Census. At that time, most of the old 3rd and 4th districts were merged to form the new 3rd District.

The district is one of the most Republican districts in the nation. Democrats have only come close to winning this district twice as currently drawn, in 1974 and 2006; and Republican presidential and gubernatorial candidates routinely carry the district with margins of 70 percent or more. Although Nebraska's state legislature is elected on a nonpartisan basis, all but one state senator representing a significant portion of the district is known to be a Republican.

It is currently held by Republican Adrian Smith. The previous congressman, Tom Osborne, did not seek reelection in order to wage an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican nomination for governor of Nebraska.

The district from 2003 to 2011

List of representatives[edit]

Congress Representative Party Years Notes
48th Edward K. Valentine Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 4, 1885
Also served as a Nebraska at-large congressman (46th and 47th Congress); Chair of Committee on Agriculture (47th Congress); Retired
49th George W. E. Dorsey Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 4, 1891
Chair of Committee on Banking and Currency (51st Congress); Lost re-election
50th
51st
52nd Omer Madison Kem Populist March 4, 1891 –
March 4, 1893
Redistricted to the 6th district
53rd George de Rue Meiklejohn Republican March 4, 1893 –
March 4, 1897
Retired
54th
55th Samuel Maxwell Populist March 4, 1897 –
March 4, 1899
Retired
56th John Seaton Robinson Democratic March 4, 1899 –
March 4, 1903
Lost re-election
57th
58th John J. McCarthy Republican March 4, 1903 –
March 4, 1907
Lost renomination
59th
60th John Frank Boyd Republican March 4, 1907 –
March 4, 1909
Lost re-election
61st James P. Latta Democratic March 4, 1909 –
September 11, 1911
Died in office
62nd
Vacant September 11, 1911 –
November 7, 1911
62nd Dan V. Stephens Democratic November 7, 1911 –
March 4, 1919
Won special election held in 1911 to fill Latta's vacant seat; Lost re-election
63rd
64th
65th
66th Robert E. Evans Republican March 4, 1919 –
March 4, 1923
Lost re-election
67th
68th Edgar Howard Democratic March 4, 1923 –
January 3, 1935
Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Indian Affairs (72nd and 73rd Congress); Lost re-election
69th
70th
71st
72nd
73rd
74th Karl Stefan Republican January 3, 1935 –
October 2, 1951
Died in office
75th
76th
77th
78th
79th
80th
81st
82nd
82nd Vacant October 2, 1951 –
December 4, 1951
82nd Robert Dinsmore Harrison Republican December 4, 1951 –
January 3, 1959
Won special election held in 1951 to fill Stefan's vacant seat; Lost re-election
83rd
84th
85th
86th Lawrence Brock Democratic January 3, 1959 –
January 3, 1961
Lost re-election
87th Ralph F. Beermann Republican January 3, 1961 –
January 3, 1963
Changed districts and was elected to represent Nebraska's 1st Congressional District in the 88th Congress
88th David T. Martin Republican January 3, 1963 –
December 31, 1974
Retired
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th Virginia Smith Republican January 3, 1975 –
January 3, 1991
Only woman from Nebraska to serve in the U.S. House; Retired
95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd Bill Barrett Republican January 3, 1991 –
January 3, 2001
Retired
103rd
104th
105th
106th
107th Tom Osborne Republican January 3, 2001 –
January 3, 2007
Retired to run for Governor of Nebraska
108th
109th
110th Adrian Smith Republican January 3, 2007 –
Present
Still in office
111th
112th

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Coordinates: 42°N 100°W / 42°N 100°W / 42; -100