Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district

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Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district
Current Representative Frank Lucas (RCheyenne)
Distribution 50.71% urban, 49.29% rural
Population (2000) 690,131
Median income $32,098
Ethnicity 83.0% White, 3.8% Black, 0.8% Asian, 5.2% Hispanic, 6.2% Native American, 0.4% other
Cook PVI R+24[1]

Oklahoma's Third Congressional District is the largest congressional district in the state, covering an area of 34,088.49 square miles. The district is bordered by New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and the Texas panhandle. Altogether, the district includes (in whole or in part) a total of 32 counties.

As of 2006, the district is represented by Republican Frank Lucas.

The district's most high-profile representative was Carl Albert, Speaker of the House from 1971 to 1977.

The district from 2003 to 2013

Geography[edit]

The district borders New Mexico to the west, Colorado and Kansas to the north, and the Texas panhandle to the south. To the far west, the district includes the three counties of the Oklahoma Panhandle (Cimarron, Texas, Beaver), and also Harper, Ellis, Woodward, Woods, Major, Alfalfa, Grant, Garfield, Kay, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Creek, Payne, Lincoln, Logan, Kingfisher, Blaine, Canadian, Dewey, Custer, Rogers Mills, Beckham, Washita, Caddo, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, and Jackson.

Some of the principal cities in the district include Guymon, Ponca City, Enid, Stillwater, Yukon, Guthrie, Sapulpa and Altus. It also includes portions of Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Demographics[edit]

Half of the district's inhabitants are urban and 3 percent of adults working in the district use public transportation, ride a bike, or walk.[2] The district's population is 5 percent Latino and 3 percent foreign-born.[2]

Voting[edit]

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President McCain 73% - 27%
2004 President Bush 72% - 28%
2000 President Bush 66% - 34%

Politics[edit]

The political success of the Republican party in the region is tied to the state's settlement patterns. Northwest Oklahoma was settled out of Kansas while southeast was settled by southerners that brought with them Democratic traditions.[3]

The Great Depression hurt the Republican party,[3] but it has since regained its place in the state and even overtaken the Democratic party.

George W. Bush received 72 percent of the district's vote in 2004.

List of representatives[edit]

Name Took Office Left Office Party District Residence Notes
District created November 16, 1907
James S. Davenport November 16, 1907 March 4, 1909 Democratic
Charles E. Creager March 4, 1909 March 4, 1911 Republican
James S. Davenport March 4, 1911 March 4, 1915 Democratic Redistricted to the 1st district
Charles D. Carter March 4, 1915 March 4, 1927 Democratic Redistricted from the 4th district
Wilburn Cartwright March 4, 1927 January 3, 1943 Democratic
Paul Stewart January 3, 1943 January 3, 1947 Democratic
Carl Albert January 3, 1947 January 3, 1977 Democratic McAlester Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971-1977
Wes Watkins January 3, 1977 January 3, 1991 Democratic Ada
Bill Brewster January 3, 1991 January 3, 1997 Democratic
Wes Watkins January 3, 1997 January 3, 2003 Republican[1] Stillwater
Frank Lucas January 3, 2003 present Republican Cheyenne Redistricted from the 6th district, Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Partisan Voting Index Districts of the 113th Congress: 2004 & 2008". The Cook Political Report. 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b Representative Frank Lucas, That's My Congress (accessed June 1, 2010).
  3. ^ a b Gaddie, Ronald Keith. Republican Party, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (accessed February 11, 2010).

Coordinates: 36°00′N 98°30′W / 36.0°N 98.5°W / 36.0; -98.5