New York's 28th congressional district

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The district from 2003 to 2013

The 28th district of New York is an obsolete congressional district for the United States House of Representatives. Before becoming obsolete in 2013, the district was based in Rochester, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, and included parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara and Orleans Counties. Its easternmost point was in Fairport at the home of its final representative, Democrat Louise Slaughter. Due to its gerrymandered shape it was sometimes known as "the earmuffs."

After congressional district lines were redrawn to accommodate the loss of the seat due to reapportionment as a result of the 2010 Census,[1] the "earmuffs" were dismantled, with the western portion of the present 28th district becoming part of the new 27th district, and the eastern portion of the 28th comprising the majority of the new 25th district, which is contained entirely in Monroe County.

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
1992 President Clinton 44 - 38%
1996 President Clinton 55 - 36%
2000 President Gore 60 - 35%
2004 President Kerry 63 - 36%
2008 President Obama 69 - 30%

Components: Past and Present[edit]

2003-2013:

Parts of Erie, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans

1993-2003:

Parts of Monroe

1983-1993:

All of Broome, Tioga, Ulster
Parts of Delaware, Sullivan, Tompkins

1973-1983:

Parts of Albany, Montgomery, Schenectady

1971-1973:

All of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Ulster
Parts of Dutchess, Montgomery, Sullivan

1963-1971:

All of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Schoharie, Ulster

1953-1963:

All of Delaware, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan

1945-1953:

Parts of Westchester

1913-1945:

All of Albany
Parts of Rensselaer

Representatives[edit]

Representative Party Years District home Note
District created March 4, 1823
No image.svg William B. Rochester Crawford D-R March 4, 1823 – April 21, 1823 Angelica redistricted from 20th district, resigned upon appointment as Judge of the Eighth Circuit Court
vacant April 21, 1823 – December 1, 1823
No image.svg William Woods Adams-Clay DR December 1, 1823 – March 3, 1825 Bath elected in special election
No image.svg Timothy H. Porter Adams March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1827 Olean
No image.svg John Magee Jacksonian March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1831
Grattan H. Wheeler, Sr.jpg Grattan H. Wheeler Anti-Masonic March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
FrederickWhittlesey.jpg Frederick Whittlesey Anti-Masonic March 4, 1833 – March 3, 1835 redistricted from 27th district
No image.svg Timothy Childs Anti-Jacksonian March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1837
Whig March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1839
ThomasKempshall.jpg Thomas Kempshall Whig March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
No image.svg Timothy Childs Whig March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
No image.svg Thomas J. Paterson Whig March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
No image.svg Elias B. Holmes Whig March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1849
No image.svg Abraham M. Schermerhorn Whig March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
George Hastings (Mount Morris).jpg George Hastings Democratic March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
William H. Kelsey.jpg William H. Kelsey Opposition March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857
Republican March 4, 1857 – March 3, 1859
William Irvine.jpg William Irvine Republican March 4, 1859 – March 3, 1861
RBVan Valkenburgh.jpg Robert B. Van Valkenburgh Republican March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863 redistricted to 27th district
Clarke freeman.jpg Freeman Clarke Republican March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1865
Roswell Hart (Rochester).jpg Roswell Hart Republican March 4, 1865 – March 3, 1867
No image.svg Lewis Selye Ind. Republican March 4, 1867 – March 3, 1869
Noah Davis.jpg Noah Davis Republican March 4, 1869 – July 15, 1870 resigned after becoming United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
vacant July 16, 1870 – December 5, 1870
No image.svg Charles H. Holmes Republican December 6, 1870 – March 3, 1871
Clarke freeman.jpg Freeman Clarke Republican March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873 redistricted to 29th district
Horace Boardman Smith.jpg Horace B. Smith Republican March 4, 1873 – March 3, 1875 redistricted from 27th district
Thomas C. Platt cph.3f06256.jpg Thomas C. Platt Republican March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1877 redistricted from 27th district
Jeremiah Wilbur Dwight.jpg Jeremiah W. Dwight Republican March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1883
Stephen C. Millard.jpg Stephen C. Millard Republican March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885 redistricted to 26th district
John Arnot, Jr..jpg John Arnot, Jr. Democratic March 4, 1885 – November 20, 1886 redistricted from 29th district, died
vacant November 21, 1886 – March 3, 1887
Thomas S. Flood.jpg Thomas S. Flood Republican March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Hosea Hunt Rockwell.jpg Hosea H. Rockwell Democratic March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
SEPayne.jpg Sereno E. Payne Republican March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1903 redistricted from 27th district, redistricted to 31st district
Charles Luman Knapp.jpg Charles L. Knapp Republican March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911 redistricted from 24th district
Luther Mott.jpg Luther W. Mott Republican March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913 redistricted to 32nd district
Peter G. Ten Eyck.jpg Peter G. Ten Eyck Democratic March 4, 1913 – March 3, 1915
Rollin B. Sanford.jpg Rollin B. Sanford Republican March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1921
Peter G. Ten Eyck.jpg Peter G. Ten Eyck Democratic March 4, 1921 – March 3, 1923
Parker Corning.jpg Parker Corning Democratic March 4, 1923 – January 3, 1937
William Thomas Byrne.jpg William T. Byrne Democratic January 3, 1937 – January 3, 1945 redistricted to 32nd district
Ralph A. Gamble.png Ralph A. Gamble Republican January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1953 redistricted from 25th district, redistricted to 26th district
Katharine Price Collier St. George.jpg Katharine St. George Republican January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1963 redistricted from 29th district, redistricted to 27th district
J. Ernest Wharton.jpg J. Ernest Wharton Republican January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965 redistricted from 29th district
Joseph Y. Resnick.jpg Joseph Y. Resnick Democratic January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1969
Hamilton Fish IV.jpg Hamilton Fish IV Republican January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1973 redistricted to 25th district
Stratton.jpg Samuel S. Stratton Democratic January 3, 1973 – January 3, 1983 redistricted from 29th district, redistricted to 23rd district
MatthewMcHugh.png Matthew F. McHugh Democratic January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1993 redistricted from 27th district
Louiseslaughter.jpg Louise Slaughter Democratic January 3, 1993 – January 3, 2013 redistricted from 30th district, redistricted to 25th district
District eliminated January 3, 2013

The 28th District has included all or part of Rochester since 1992. The 2002 remap added parts of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. In the 1980s the 28th District was the southern tier seat now numbered the 22nd District. In the 1970s it was the Capitol District seat now numbered the 21st District. During the 1960s it was a Hudson Valley/Catskill seat including much of the present 19th District and parts of the 20th and 22nd District.

Prior to 1992 the Rochester area district was the 30th. Monroe County was split between two districts in the 1970s, the 34th District (which included much of the present 25th District) and the 35th District (which included much of the present 26th District).

Election results[edit]

Note that in New York State 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").

US House election, 2006: New York District 28
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Louise Slaughter 111,386 73.2 +0.6
Republican John E. Donnelly 40,844 26.8 +2.0
Majority 70,542 46.3 -1.5
Turnout 152,230 100 -30.8
US House election, 2004: New York District 28
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Louise Slaughter 159,655 72.6 +10.1
Republican Mike Laba 54,543 24.8 -12.7
Independence Francina Cartonia 5,678 2.6 +2.6
Majority 105,112 47.8 +22.9
Turnout 219,876 100 +38.6
US House election, 2002: New York District 28
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Louise Slaughter 99,057 62.5 -3.2
Republican Henry F. Wojtaszek 59,547 37.5 +4.9
Majority 39,510 24.9 -8.2
Turnout 158,604 100 -31.3
US House election, 2000: New York District 28
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Louise Slaughter 151,688 65.7 +0.9
Republican Mark C. Johns 75,348 32.6 +1.8
Green Eve Hawkins 2,292 1.0 +1.0
Libertarian Stephen C. Healey 1,528 0.7 +0.7
Majority 76,340 33.1 -0.9
Turnout 230,856 100 +25.8
US House election, 1998: New York District 28
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Louise Slaughter 118,856 64.8 +7.5
Republican Richard A. Kaplan 56,443 30.8 -11.9
Conservative Paul Britton 4,963 2.7 +2.7
Right to Life Gerald D. Crawford 3,196 1.7 +1.7
Majority 62,413 34.0 +19.5
Turnout 183,458 100 -21.1
US House election, 1996: New York District 28
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Louise Slaughter 133,084 57.3
Republican Geoff H. Rosenberger 99,366 42.7
Majority 33,718 14.5
Turnout 232,450 100

References[edit]

  1. ^ New York Will Lose Two House Seats, and New Jersey One in NYT on December 21, 2010