New York's 26th congressional district

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New York's 26th congressional district
New York 's 26th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
New York 's 26th congressional district - since January 3, 2013.
Current Representative Brian Higgins (DBuffalo)
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The 26th Congressional District of New York is a congressional district for the United States House of Representatives in Western New York. It includes parts of Erie and Niagara counties. The district includes the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

The office of representative for this district became vacant on February 9, 2011 following the resignation of Republican Chris Lee.[1] A special election was held May 24, 2011, and Democrat Kathy Hochul was elected.[2] After redistricting, Brian Higgins has represented the district since 2013.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1992 President Clinton 44 - 35%
1996 President Clinton 51 - 35%
2000 President Bush 51 - 44%
2004 President Bush 55 - 43%
2008 President McCain 52 - 46%

Change of district boundaries over time[edit]

Until the 2002 redistricting, most of this area was in the 27th District. During the 1980s this area was primarily in the 31st District. Two districts covered this area in the 1970s, the Erie County based 38th and the Monroe County based 35th. The 26th District covered the area now in the 22nd District during the 1990s and the area now in the 23rd District in the 1980s. In the 1970s this district was centered in Orange and Rockland counties. During the 1960s it covered areas in Westchester County now in the 18th and 19th District.

Representatives[edit]

1823–1833: Two seats[edit]

From the creation of the district in 1823 to 1833, two seats were apportioned, elected at-large on a general ticket.

Years Congress Seat A   Seat B
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
March 4, 1823 –
March 3, 1825
18 Dudley Marvin.jpg Dudley Marvin Adams-Clay
Republican
Elected in 1822,
1824
and 1826
Robert S. Rose Adams-Clay
Republican
Elected in 1822
and 1824
March 4, 1825 –
March 3, 1827
19 Adams Adams
March 4, 1827 –
March 3, 1829
20 John Maynard Adams Elected in 1826
March 4, 1829 –
March 3, 1831
21 Jehiel H. Halsey Jacksonian Elected in 1828

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Robert S. Rose Anti-
Masonic
Elected in 1828

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March 4, 1831 –
March 3, 1833
22 William Babcock Anti-
Masonic
Elected in 1830

[Data unknown/missing. You can help!]
John Dickson Anti-
Masonic
First elected in 1830

Re-elected in the single-seat district

1833–present: One seat[edit]

Representative Party Years Electoral history Counties in the district
No image.svg John Dickson Anti-
Masonic
March 4, 1833 –
March 3, 1835
First elected in the two-seat district

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Francis Granger.jpg Francis Granger Anti-
Jacksonian
March 4, 1835 –
March 3, 1837
Elected in 1834

Lost re-election as a Whig
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No image.svg Mark H. Sibley Whig March 4, 1837 –
March 3, 1839
Elected in 1836

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Francis Granger.jpg Francis Granger Whig March 4, 1839 –
March 5, 1841
First elected in 1838

Resigned to become U.S. Postmaster General
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Vacant March 5, 1841 –
May 21, 1841
John Greig.jpg John Greig Whig May 21, 1841 –
September 25, 1841
Elected to finish Granger's term

Resigned
Vacant September 25, 1841 –
November 27, 1841
Francis Granger.jpg Francis Granger Whig November 27, 1841 –
March 3, 1843
Elected to finish Greig's term

Retired
Amasa Dana.jpg Amasa Dana Democratic March 4, 1843 –
March 3, 1845
Elected in 1842

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Samuel S. Ellsworth.jpg Samuel S. Ellsworth Democratic March 4, 1845 –
March 3, 1847
Elected in 1844

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No image.svg William T. Lawrence Whig March 4, 1847 –
March 3, 1849
Elected in 1846

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William Terry Jackson.jpg William T. Jackson Whig March 4, 1849 –
March 3, 1851
Elected in 1848

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Henry Sanford Walbridge.jpg Henry S. Walbridge Whig March 4, 1851 –
March 3, 1853
Elected in 1850

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No image.svg Andrew Oliver Democratic March 4, 1853 –
March 3, 1857
First elected in 1852

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Emory B. Pottle.jpg Emory B. Pottle Republican March 4, 1857 –
March 3, 1861
First elected in 1856

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Jacob P. Chamberlain.jpg Jacob P. Chamberlain Republican March 4, 1861 –
March 3, 1863
Elected in 1860

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Giles W. Hotchkiss (Profile).jpg Giles W. Hotchkiss Republican March 4, 1863 –
March 3, 1867
First elected in 1862

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William S. Lincoln.jpg William S. Lincoln Republican March 4, 1867 –
March 3, 1869
Elected in 1866

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Giles W. Hotchkiss (Profile).jpg Giles W. Hotchkiss Republican March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
Elected in 1868

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Milo Goodrich.jpg Milo Goodrich Republican March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
Elected in 1870

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William Henry Lamport.jpg William H. Lamport Republican March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
Redistricted from the 25th district

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Clinton D. MacDougall - Brady-Handy.jpg Clinton D. MacDougall Republican March 4, 1875 –
March 3, 1877
Redistricted from the 25th district

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John Henry Camp.jpg John H. Camp Republican March 4, 1877 –
March 3, 1883
First elected in 1876

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SEPayne.jpg Sereno E. Payne Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
Elected in 1882

Redistricted to the 27th district
Stephen C. Millard.jpg Stephen C. Millard Republican March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
Redistricted from the 28th district

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No image.svg Milton De Lano Republican March 4, 1887 –
March 3, 1891
First elected in 1886

Retired
George W. Ray.jpg George W. Ray Republican March 4, 1891 –
September 11, 1902
First elected in 1890

Resigned to become a United States District Judge
Vacant September 11, 1902 –
November 4, 1902
John W. Dwight.jpg John Wilbur Dwight Republican November 4, 1902 –
March 3, 1903
Elected to finish Ray's term

Redistricted to the 30th district
William Henry Flack.jpg William H. Flack Republican March 4, 1903 –
February 2, 1907
First elected in 1902

Died
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Vacant February 2, 1907 –
March 3, 1907
GeorgeRMalby.jpg George R. Malby Republican March 4, 1907 –
July 5, 1912
First elected in 1906

Died
Vacant July 5, 1912 –
November 5, 1912
EdwinAlbertMerritt.jpg Edwin A. Merritt Republican November 5, 1912 –
March 3, 1913
Elected to finish Malby's term

Redistricted to the 31st district
Edmund Platt.jpg Edmund Platt Republican March 4, 1913 –
June 7, 1920
First elected in 1912

Resigned after being appointed to the Federal Reserve Board
All of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam
Vacant June 7, 1920 –
November 2, 1920
Hamilton Fish III.jpg Hamilton Fish III Republican November 2, 1920 –
January 3, 1945
Elected to finish Platt's term

Lost re-election
No image.svg Peter A. Quinn Democratic January 3, 1945 –
January 3, 1947
Elected in 1944

Lost re-election
Parts of Bronx
No image.svg David M. Potts Republican January 3, 1947 –
January 3, 1949
Elected in 1946

Lost re-election
Christopher C. McGrath.jpg Christopher C. McGrath Democratic January 3, 1949 –
January 3, 1953
First elected in 1948

Elected Bronx County Surrogate Court Judge
Ralph A. Gamble.png Ralph A. Gamble Republican January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1957
Redistricted from the 28th district

Retired
Parts of Westchester
Edwin B. Dooley.jpg Edwin B. Dooley Republican January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1963
First elected in 1956

Lost renomination
Ogden Reid.png Ogden R. Reid Republican January 3, 1963 –
January 3, 1973
First elected in 1962
Democratic March 22, 1972 –
January 3, 1973
Redistricted to the 24th district
Benjamin Gilman.jpg Benjamin A. Gilman Republican January 3, 1973 –
January 3, 1983
First elected in 1972

Redistricted to the 22nd district
All of Orange, Rockland, parts of Ulster
David O'B Martin.png David O'Brien Martin Republican January 3, 1983 –
January 3, 1993
Redistricted from the 30th district

Retired
All of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence
Maurice Hinchey, official 109th Congress photo.jpg Maurice Hinchey Democratic January 3, 1993 –
January 3, 2003
First elected in 1992

Redistricted to the 22nd district
All of Ulster, parts of Broome, Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins
Thomas Reynolds.jpg Thomas M. Reynolds Republican January 3, 2003 –
January 3, 2009
Redistricted from the 27th district

Retired
All of Genesee, Livingston, Wyoming, Parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans
Chris Lee.jpg Chris Lee Republican January 3, 2009 –
February 9, 2011
First elected in 2008

Resigned
Vacant February 9, 2011 –
June 1, 2011
Kathy Hochul .jpg Kathy Hochul Democratic June 1, 2011 –
January 3, 2013
Elected in a special election
Lost re-election after being redistricted to the 27th district
Brian Higgins, official Congressional photo portrait.JPG Brian Higgins Democratic January 3, 2013 –
Redistricted from the 27th district Parts of Erie, Niagara
Representative Party Years Electoral history Counties in the district

Election results[edit]

In New York electoral politics there are numerous minor parties at various points on the political spectrum. Certain parties will invariably endorse either the Republican or Democratic candidate for every office, hence the state electoral results contain both the party votes, and the final candidate votes (Listed as "Recap").

1996 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Maurice D. Hinchey 122,850 55.2
Republican Sue Wittig 94,125 42.3
Independence Douglas Walter Drazen 5,531 2.5
Majority 28,725 12.9
Total votes 222,506 100%
1998 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Maurice D. Hinchey 108,204 61.8 +6.6
Republican Bud Walker 54,776 31.3 -11.0
Right to Life Randall Terry 12,160 6.9 +6.9
Majority 53,428 30.5 +17.6
Total votes 175,140 100% -21.3
2000 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Maurice D. Hinchey 140,395 62.0 +0.2
Republican Bob Moppert 83,856 37.0 +5.7
Right to Life Paul J. Laux 2,328 1.0 -5.9
Majority 56,539 25.0 -5.5
Total votes 226,579 100% +29.4
2002 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Thomas M. Reynolds 135,089 73.6 +36.6
Democratic Ayesha F. Nariman 41,140 22.4 -39.6
Right to Life Shawn Harris 4,084 2.2 +1.2
Green Paul E. Fallon 3,146 1.7 +1.7
Majority 93,949 51.2 +26.2
Total votes 183,459 100% -19.0
2004 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Thomas M. Reynolds 157,466 55.6 -18.0
Democratic Jack Davis 125,613 44.4 +22.0
Majority 31,853 11.3 -39.9
Total votes 283,079 100% +54.3
2006 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Thomas M. Reynolds 109,257 52.0 -3.6
Democratic Jack Davis 100,914 48.0 +3.6
Majority 8,343 4.0 -7.3
Total votes 210,171 100% -25.8
2008 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Chris J. Lee 148,607 55.0 +3.0
Democratic Alice Kryzan 109,615 40.5 -7.5
Working Families Party Jon Powers 12,104 4.5 +4.5
Majority 38,992 14.5 +10.5
Total votes 270,326 100% +28.6
2010 election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Chris J. Lee 151,449 73.6 +18.6
Democratic Philip A. Fedele 54,307 26.4 -14.1
Majority 97,142 47.2 +32.7
Total votes 205,756 100% -23.9

Historical district boundaries[edit]

2003 - 2013

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 42°57′43″N 78°50′28″W / 42.96194°N 78.84111°W / 42.96194; -78.84111